Day 4: Beaded Picture Frame Ornament for Christmas

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Turn School Photos into Framed Christmas Ornaments

Folks… this ornament is a good one. It kills two birds with one stone AND- bonus- could also be an adorable Christmas present!!

beaded picture frame ornaments

You know those school photos we all buy every year? They cost 4000% more than ordering photo prints anywhere else and the telltale blue background means they’re probably not the first choice for a frame on the front hall table. My mother has ours all framed together so under one mat, I can see grades 1-8 in one fell swoop, but until my kids are 13, I’m always looking for ways to make use of my school photo investments. This beaded framed Christmas ornament takes care of all of that! Get caught up by clicking the image below!

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Step 1 (optional): Paint your beads

You know I will add color to anything, so my wooden beads needed to get painted. (If you tend to be more neutral… then you can skip this step and I think it would look just as cute!) Here’s my hack for painting beads: grab a ziplock bag, place your beads inside and then squirt in some craft paint. I added water to mine so the paint became more of a wash than a paint.

place beads into ziplock bag

Seal the bag and mix the beads around inside. The longer the beads sit in the paint mixture, the more saturated the color will be. Carefully pour the beads onto a paper towel and let them dry.

pour beads onto paper towels

Step 2: String the beads onto Ribbon

Grab some floral wire and poke it through the end of your ribbon. Fold it over and use it as a makeshift needle. Thread as many beads as necessary to make a circle large enough to fit your photograph. Once you have enough beads, tie your ribbon in a knot and add a bow.

string beads onto ribbon

string enough beads to cover the photo

Step 3. Cut out the Photograph

Find a circle roughly the same size as your wooden bead loop and trace it onto the photograph. Cut out.

cut out the photograph to fit

Step 4. Glue photograph in place

Using a hot glue gun, work quickly, and add a dot of clue to the top of the wooden beads. Quickly place the photograph face down onto the hot glue. Your child’s face should be in the middle of the bead frame.

glue photograph into bead frame

Thread some twine through the two beads at the top of the ornament as a hanging loop. Imagine one of these from each year of school photos hanging on your tree? How cute would that be, and it’s the perfect way to memorialize these school pics!

Materials for Beaded Framed Ornament

A few reminders: the entire materials list for this ornament series is linked up in my Amazon shop so click here for easy access to everything I use for all twelve ornaments!

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beaded picture frame

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