Vintage Snapshot Ornaments
by Melody M. Nuñez
Featuring Little Miss Mason Stamps
These vintage snapshot ornaments can be used in many different ways. Consider hanging them on a Christmas tree, a found wooden branch, or around the necks of vintage glass bottles. They’d make lovely tags, and could even be hung from the “branches” of a family tree you paint on the wall!
Begin by printing or copying the black and white images you’d like to use. I printed digital copies onto regular copy paper with my home printer. Crop the images into a square shape. Mine vary slightly in size, but are 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” on average.
Glue the cropped image onto a thin piece of chipboard or a thick piece of cardstock that you’ve trimmed to the same size as the photo, using a glue stick to adhere the two pieces.
Slide black photo corners onto each corner of your image – the front should lay on top of the image, and the back should lie on top of the chipboard or cardstock piece you attached to the photo. Affix the back piece of each photo corner to the chipboard or cardstock with glue or a glue dot, ensuring they don’t shift or fall off.
Trim a piece of white cardstock to the same size as your photo. Stamp the cardstock with a frame image from the Little Miss Mason stamp set, choosing a frame of appropriate size and shape. Use an alphabet letter stamp to add information about the photo inside the frame, like the person’s name, date, or the occasion. You can also write the information in, if you’d like. Set this stamped piece aside.
To make the hanger, attach the two ends of a piece of narrow black ribbon to the back of the photo/chipboard piece, using double stick tape. The ribbon should be centered, and should extend down at least ½” from the top edge.
Finish the ornament by attaching the stamped piece of cardstock to the beribboned photo piece. The back of the photo piece should be attached to the back of the stamped cardstock, sandwiching the ribbon in between.
Please note: If you’re using digital copies of black and white/sepia photos and you have photo editing software like Photoshop, your images will look more uniform if you desaturate the images before printing them. If you copy paper photos, you’ll get better results if you color copy them, though they’re black and white.