I was looking online and spotted these cute square photo ornaments on the Crafting Chicks website. I set out to duplicate them.
There are a few instructions on the original webpage where I found them, but I am including way more instructions here based on my trial and error to help anyone who tries to make these succeed!
1.5″ plain wooden square blocks (craft stores), scrapbook paper in Christmas colors/designs, Avery labels size 5164, matte Mod Podge, sponge brush, scissors, small eye hooks with screw ends, ribbon, letter stickers
Assembling all the things that will go on the blocks is the hardest part. First you have to create square photos- 2 per block (I did this in iPhoto) then drag them into Word and size them at about 1.38″. I also found a cute square graphic image online and sized it to 1.38″ in Word. I created a label document specific to the Avery 5164 labels and was able to fit 4 squares on each label then print them in color. Then I had to cut out all those photos! Meanwhile, I was tracing a block on scrapbook paper and cutting it slightly smaller than the lines. I needed 3 of those squares per block!
Then comes the assembly. Peel off the photos (printed on labels) and place 2 photos across from each other on the block. On one side between them place a scrapbook paper using a light layer of mod podge. Stick the initial sticker of the child’s name on top of that (centered). On the other empty side between photos place whatever you want (I used a cute Christmas graphic.) Other ideas are the child’s name and year, or just a plain square of color. Mine was printed on a label and easy to affix. On the top and bottom of the square use a layer of mod podge to apply scrapbook squares. I added a heart-shaped sticker on the bottom on which I wrote the child’s name and year. So just to clarify, the photos and graphic were printed on labels thus much easier to apply than the scrapbook paper squares which required some mod podge between them and the wooden block.
After all the sides are covered with something, apply the mod podge all over the entire thing in a even, thin layer. It will take several different coats allowing for drying in-between in order to get the whole thing covered without it sticking to the table. I set it on wax paper to help avoid sticking. It’s scary because the mod podge looks like it will never dry clear but it will!
When the entire block is covered and dry, find the center of the top of the block and screw an eye hook into it. I could start it with my hands but had to use pliers at the very end to get it all the way into the block.
Tie ribbon to the hook for hanging and you’re done!
I probably should have included even more instructions, but really it’s the kind of thing you will figure out as you go along with it. I made 12 of these ornaments and LOVED how they turned out. I think they make great gifts!