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Christmas in July: Photo Ornaments in Amac Boxes

Back in December I did a crazy blog series called "Holidays Handmade."

For a week I posted at least three tutorial posts every single day.  There were some amazing guest bloggers and lots of fantastic projects.  But it was a lot to digest.  So I thought that this week we might do "Christmas in July" and highlight some of those awesome crafty projects in case you're already planning what to make for the holidays this year.

Let's go....

This guest post is from Wendy Price.  She is going to inspire you to run to The Container Store to pick up some Amac boxes!

Hi everyone!

I'm Wendy and I'm excited to be sharing a simple and inexpensive holiday ornament with you today! I love to give homemade treats for the holidays but always feel they look rather boring by themselves. So in an effort to dress them up, I came up with these inexpensive photo ornaments.

Front of ornament
Supplies Needed:

  • small clear boxes (Amac boxes from The Container Store)
  • photos
  • multiple stamped images or printables (AmberINK Fish Wishes Digital Stamps)
  • foam adhesive
  • ribbon
  • fishing line

Clear boxes
For my ornaments I used clear Amac boxes from The Container Store. They come in a variety of sizes and colors but I used the 2 inch square. If you're unable to find the Amac boxes any clear box will work. Many times the boxes that buttons and embellishments come in are the perfect size.

Choose your photo(s) and your focal image.  For the focal image you can stamp an image or print a digital doodle, but each image must be identical because we will be layering them.

Photos and images
Once you decide on your focal image, print out multiple copies if it's digital or stamp multiple copies if it's paper. For my sample I used a digital image from AmberINK Best Fishes. To save time and energy I went ahead and colored my image digitally in Photoshop. I knew because I was printing the image so tiny - at 2 inches - it would be a bit difficult to color by hand.

Color and cut multiple layers
I did add details and shadows to my images with Copics after they were printed.

To create a 3-D scene with your images cut out multiple images to layer.

Layer images on foam tape
Build up the layers with foam tape. Don't worry about the being able to see the foam tape through the side view. We're going to hide that in a bit.

Cut a piece of fishing line to hang the ornament with.  Tie it in a loop.  Place your 3-D scene back-to-back with your photo and hide the fishing line knot between your photo and scene.

Place photo/scene inside the box and close so that the fishing line hangs out the top.

As a finishing touch and to hide those unsightly foam pieces, wrap ribbon around the sides of the ornament. Tie a bow at the top of the ornament.

Back of ornaments
You can add dates or names to the ornaments with rubons or stickers as desired.

I hope you enjoyed the ornaments!  If you decide to give them a try be sure to stop by my blog and share what you've made! I'd love to see them!

Wendy photo Wendy Price is a freelance designer from New Jersey. She's happiest when surrounded by lots of pretty colorful papers and stamps! :) Currently designing for Stampendous, Lizzie Anne Designs, Paper Craft Planet and CreativeXpress/ProvoCraft.

Her work can be seen on her blog: Paper, Ink and Smiles.


After this post went up, I went to the Container Store and bought a bunch of boxes.  I just have to take the time to sit down and make these now!  You can see a listing of all of the Holidays Handmade posts here.

Three other ornament-related posts to check out from Holidays Handmade are:

Christmas Don't Be Late

Geodisic Paper Ornament

Christmas Photo Ornaments

Christmas Ornaments Made with Canvas Fabric Paper

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. Check out what Mou Saha did with some of my new TCW stencils!