Wrapping Paper Photo Frames Craft for Kids

Today we have a beautiful personalised photo Christmas tree ornament craft to share with you all, from the Christmas Craft Book by Laura Minter and Tia Williams.

This craft is easy and fun to make, making use of left over wrapping paper for a gorgeous upcycled ornament for your Christmas tree.

As these Christmas tree decorations feature your child’s photograph, they will also make a lovely handmade gift for relatives – Grandparents will particularly love them!

They will make a cute keepsake to hang up on the tree year after year.

Wrapping Paper Photo Frames

These personalized photo-frame ornaments are a great keepsake to hang on the tree each year. They use scraps of wrapping paper and cardboard so are a great way to use up materials that would otherwise go to waste. 

kids craft christmas tree ornaments made from recycled wrapping paper


You will need the following craft supplies for this project

  • Corrugated card
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Photos
  • Craft glue
  • Scraps of wrapping paper
  • Wooden skewer
  • Glue stick
  • Sparkly pipe cleaners

How to make your festive wrapping paper photo ornaments

  1. Choose what shape you would like your ornament to be. You can use the star or snowflake templates (see pages 138 and 141) or design your own. Just make sure you stick to shapes with straight edges. Draw your shape onto corrugated card and cut it out, making sure it is slightly bigger than your photograph. 
supplies making cardboard christmas ornaments with personalised photos

2. Trim your photo so that it fits in the middle of your card base with roughly ½in (1cm) around the edge. Glue into place.

diy christmas tree ornaments Upcycled

3. To make your wrapping paper beads, cut your wrapping paper into evenly sized scraps. These ones measured 5½ x 5½in (14 x 14cm). Begin rolling your scrap a couple of times around a wooden skewer then add a line of glue to prevent it from unravelling. Continue rolling tightly and add another line of glue at the end to seal. Take the bead off the skewer and leave to dry. You will need around 8–12 beads for each ornament.

making wrapper paper beads

4. Trim the beads to fit around the outer edges of the card shapes and glue in place. Cut the ends of each bead at an angle if necessary so they fit together nicely. 

star shape photo ornament

5. Repeat this so you have two or three rows of beads.

diy christmas star ornament for the christmas tree

6. Glue sparkly pipe cleaners around the inner rim of the frame. You can make a bow shape from pipe cleaners for the square frame to resemble a present. Embellish further if you like.

wrapping paper christmas tree ornaments

7. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and glue onto the back of your ornament to make a hanging loop. 

cardboard christmas tree ornaments craft

Download Templates

You can use these template shapes to help you make this craft more easily.

Snowflake Craft Template

snowflake craft template

Reindeer Antlers and Star Craft Template

reindeer antlers and star craft templates

Download the PDF templates via the download links below.

These PDF also include a few more templates that you can use for other Christmas crafts.

Template for the snowflake shape bottom right

Template for the star shape in the middle

Craft Credit: Christmas Craft Book by Laura Minter & Tia Williams, GMC Publications, RRP £14.99, available online and from all good bookshops.

Christmas Craft Book

Be sure to check out the book, it has 30 fun Christmas crafts inside with so many great ideas. We can’t wait to make all of them!


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