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DIY Souvenir: Photo Ornament from Your Trip

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DIY Souvenir: Create a Photo Ornament from Your Trip (by Wanderlust Designer)

DIY Souvenir: Create a Photo Ornament from Your Trip (by Wanderlust Designer)

I’m not much for buying many souvenirs from a location, but I am partial to ornaments. Every year when the holidays roll around, I just love trimming our tree and putting up a new ornament from our latest travels. We now have such a collection of ornaments from around the world. Each one brings back so many great memories of our travels, it inspires me to keep the collection going!

DIY Souvenir Photo Ornament (by Wanderlust Designer)

DIY Souvenir Photo Ornament (by Wanderlust Designer)

There are some trips, though, where I just plain forget to buy an ornament. Either it’s the wrong season, or we just don’t have the time to shop, but I come home empty handed. I usually don’t dwell on it much, but come the holidays, I really miss not being able to hang that souvenir ornament on our tree to add to our collection.

For instance, on a trip to Nashville this Spring, I did not pick up an ornament, so now that the holidays are here, I decided to create my own DIY ornament from photos of the trip. It’s quite an easy craft project, and I do love how it turned out (photo above.) Below are the simple step by step instructions to make your own DIY photo ornament.

Assorted Photos from Nashville, Tennessee (by Wanderlust Designer)

Assorted Photos from Nashville, Tennessee (by Wanderlust Designer)

Start by browsing your computer for the perfect images that capture your trip. The photos can be all in one theme (I choose the neon signs of Nashville) or you could mix it up however you’d like. Once you’ve found 5 different photos, just print them out on white card stock and you are ready to begin.

Instructions for Creating Your DIY Photo Ornament

Supplies Needed: 5 photos, glue stick, circular punch (any large size will be fine), short piece of ribbon

DIY Souvenir Photo Ornament: Steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 (by Wanderlust Designer)

DIY Souvenir Photo Ornament: Steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 (by Wanderlust Designer)

Step 1 – Gather all your supplies (listed above.)

Step 2 – Using your large circular punch, cut out 5 circles from your photos.

Step 3 – Fold each circle in half, length wise.

Step 4 – Begin gluing each circle together. Put glue on one half of one photo and attach to another photo half. Continue to glue each half together. The ornament will begin to look like a book.

DIY Souvenir Photo Ornament: Steps 5, 6 and 7 (by Wanderlust Designer)

DIY Souvenir Photo Ornament: Steps 5, 6 and 7 (by Wanderlust Designer)

Step 5 – Now attach the final, 5th photo. Put glue on each half of the 5th photo circle. Place the ribbon in the center of the glued/book of photos. Now, attach to the 5th photo to either end with the ribbon on the inside.

Step 6 (Optional) – Add a small “flag” with the name of the place you traveled and date.

Step 7 – Your ornament is ready to hang!

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