DIY Family Tree Floating Ornaments and Our Family Christmas Photos ~ Create it. Go!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIY Family Tree Floating Ornaments and Our Family Christmas Photos

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I was thrilled to guest post for Melissa over at the Silhouette School last week. If you own (or want to own) a Silhouette machine, she has a great site to help you with lots of great tutorials and inspiration! I wanted to make sure and share with you my tutorial on here as well, for making Family Christmas floating ornaments.

One of my favorite things I make this time of year is floating ornaments. You probably saw my recent Frozen Olaf inspired one from earlier this week or others I have done in the past. I absolutely adore the unique look of them and the personalization you can make with each one. And it helps that they are sooooo incredibly fast, easy, and inexpensive, but impress everyone who sees them!

Today I'm going to share with you a DIY and what I did for our family's Christmas photo this year. So, I had this scathingly brilliant idea ;) I decided instead of just handing out our family picture as a Christmas card this year (which nobody knows what to do with after Christmas), that I would put our family picture into an ornament and include it on top of a gift for them or just gift it that way to some of my siblings. Perfect! BC then it just gets put up with the ornaments each year and it has a "home".

Items you will need to make your own:
1. Ornament bulbs. 
(I got mine at my local Hobby Lobby. You can buy them as glass bulbs or plastic. (I have little ones, so the ones I use are plastic, although you would never ever know by the look of them! I love that about them! AND they are available year round too!)
2.Transparency sheets for inkjet printers
(that I pick up from an office store or on Amazon) 
3. Ribbon, fake snow, or any other embellishments that you want

The bulb shape I used to cut out on my SIL was a free shape of an ornament that came with my Silhouette SD machine. BUT, there are others that you can purchase as well if you don't have that one OR it's easy to draw one yourself by just drawing a circle in your SIL program and adding another little circle of square to the top and then welding them together. That's really all there is to it! One of the most simple designs you can make ever!
pic of process

This is the kind of transparency sheets that I used to print on with my laserjet printer. (Amazon is my friend.)

These sheets are amazing and the ink actually absorbs really well! (I actually tried it out on regular transparencies first, and did not work well!

I cut out my bulb inserts on my SIL and then printed these pictures. on my printer. (If you don't have a SIL, just cut them out by hand. no biggee.) Then I put the two together. (This would be much easier if I had a Pixscan mat (on my wish list right now) bc then you could print your pictures first and then put them into your SIL and cut your ornament ball shapes around each picture.) You can make it work either way though. :)

Then you just take your cut out ornament shape and carefully roll it up (with the top tab shape on the ornament at the top) and place it into the actual ornament bulb.

You may need to use some tweezers to maneuver it a bit and to get it to sit just right in there. You want it to be tight in the bulb, so that it doesn't twist around. You also want the tab sticking up into the neck of the bulb to help keep it in place.

If you are adding fake snow (or little leaves like in the one above), you do it next. Make sure you put it on both sides of the insert. When I add the little metal top back on, I make sure that one of the little metal prongs is on one side of the transparency inserts and another on the other side. This also helps to keep it in place. Then you can add a ribbon or other embellishments as you want.

After LOVING our new family ornament that I made, I had another great (to me!) idea to make a "family tree" with bulbs that contain pictures of either your kids and family members separately like the one below, and then you can fill a whole Christmas tree of individual pictures of loved ones and great memories throughout the year (Like the one below of my daughter jumping in the leaves).

ANDDDD...that lead me to ANOTHER idea...
You can make them of a bunch of different ancestors, making it a true FAMILY TREE! I have to say that I loved it when this idea crept it's way into my head. I love to have my children learn more about their family and who and where they came from. And I knew that my mom would also love this idea. (Hint: would make a great DIY Christmas gift for people that it's hard to buy for!)

This is fun because it can be all over a Christmas tree OR it can be grouped and left out all year with stories and conversations that can stem from it all year as well. I included pics of my husband and I when we were first married, to our little family, to my parents families, to my grandparents and great grandparents and on! I love that I can keep adding to this too. Someday, I want a whole Christmas tree to be decorated as a HUGE family tree! Wouldn't that be amazing?! And these all bring such great memories along with them!

For these, I made them a little differently. I cut the ornament shape out of regular transparency this time and then printed the pictures on some see-through large adhesive address labels. Then I just peeled the labels off and stuck them onto the transparency. Either way you make them, you are able to see the image from both sides of them bulb and I love that!

I love seeing these pics of so many of my relatives and ancestors displayed, whether it be on the actual Christmas tree or on a display like this. I love the life lessons that we can learn from our families and keeping their memories near.

I printed all of these family ones in either black and white or in sepia, even if I had colored photos of them. I love the monochromatic theme it makes and the vintage feel this way.

If you want to see some other ideas that I have made with this kind of ornament, you can see some here and here and here. There is even a great one that the teen/tween in your life might love! (Hint: Minecraft fans out there!)

Have a great holiday crafting season!


kpp said...

This is AWESOME! Great idea and they look amazing!

Linda Scott said...

You said you cut out your transparency paper and then printed your picture. What kind of paper did you use to print your picture on?

I printed mine on the transparency paper and then cut with the SIL and they came out very light. (your pictures look a lot darker than mine)

rpp said...

I used the transparency paper shown in the pic in the post. You can't just use regular transparencies, but need to get the kind to go through inkjet printers. Thanks!