How To Make Personalized Christmas Ornaments

Add a personal touch to your Christmas tree this holiday season with personalized ornaments. Explore classic designs, unique ornaments and everything in between.

Decorating the tree is one of the most special traditions of the holiday season, and creating personalized ornaments to commemorate milestones or the exceptional people in your life adds to the experience. From engagements and new additions to the family to little triumphs over personal obstacles, it all deserves celebration — and what better place than your Christmas ornaments? Check out our best ornament ideas, complete guide, and additional resources below to get started!

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How To Make Custom Christmas Ornaments

With our range of shapes, sizes, and materials — you can create unique Christmas ornaments that decorate your tree in style. Whether you want to add a touch of glamour to your tree with glitter or glass ornaments or create a rustic look with wooden ornaments, you can customize the perfect holiday decorations that suit your style and personality. Find out how to make personalized Christmas ornaments with our tips below.

1. Select A Style

Go to our ornaments page and select the type of ornament you want to create. We have a variety of ornament designs to suit whatever style you’re looking for! Our custom photo ornaments range from classics like snowflakes and porcelain shapes and even light-up and glitter ornaments.

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2. Upload Your Favorite Photos

Anything that sums up joy and memories you’ve built over the past year will make a heartfelt personalized ornament. Whether you choose to highlight one family photo or piece together a collage of many photos, we provide design templates for each.

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3. Customize Your Greeting

Choose between assorted holiday, Christmas, New Year, or religious greetings. Popular holiday greetings include, “Merry Christmas,” “Joy”, “Happy Holidays”, “Peace on Earth”, and “Cheer”, or use your own holiday sayings! Edit the font size and styling to ensure your entire message fits on the ornament.

4. Add Embellishments & Premade Designs

Once you choose your ornament and photos, have fun with the design! Our builder tool makes it easy to customize your photo ornament with text, premade designs, embellishments, and themed backgrounds.

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5. Order Away

Enjoy your holidays with a brand new ornament to help celebrate what matters this Christmas season.

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Browse Our Wide Selection Of Custom Ornaments

Choose from our wide selection of designs, including personalized ornaments for kids, couples, families, pets and loving memorials, or shop by material or ornament shape to find the perfect match for your Christmas decor. We have custom engraved wood ornaments, stunning glass ornaments, two-sided photo ornaments and fun holiday designs with room to honor the whole family! Personalize an ornament for every member of your family and start a tradition of cherished holiday memories you can enjoy year after year.

Unique Christmas Photo Ornament Ideas

Whether it’s a photo of your first home or your first born, a wedding announcement or even a funny, heartwarming picture that sums up the past year, share all those special moments with custom photo ornaments. We’ve put together this list of creative Christmas photo ideas so that you can up your Christmas ornament game with a personal touch. Think about what a big kick you’ll get year after year when you decorate the tree with these personalized photo ornaments

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Family Christmas Portraits

There’s never any harm in staying true to a classic family Christmas portrait! Honor the connection you share as partners, pals, or family by putting it front and center in this season’s personalized ornaments. Keep it simple by stepping out in front of the place you call home or go the extra mile by setting out in search of a winter wonderland. Check out our 50 Festive Christmas Photo Ideas for more inspiration!

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Everyday Moments

Poses have their place, but it’s those authentic little moments of imperfection that showcase what the season is all about. Look back on your archives from the year and turn those in-between outtakes into a custom photo ornament. From daily life at home to picnics enjoyed in the park, celebrate the wonders of every day with not-so-perfect, weird, silly moments.

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Commemorate Life’s Milestones

Designing your own photo ornament this holiday season is the perfect way to look back on the highlights and celebrate life’s milestones. Tell stories that are important to you – for those who said “I do” in the past year to those who welcomed new additions to the family, and any little triumphs in between – showcase milestones one more time with personalized ornaments.

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Pet Portrait Ornaments

Your precious pets are a part of the family, so why not honor them with unique pet ornaments and custom pet decor that show off their personalities? Add your favorite furry, four-legged friends to your Christmas tree this year with personalized cat and dog ornaments that you can customize with pet photos, names, and more.

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Celebrate Your Passions

Whether you love horses or baseball, create a memory-filled ornament that celebrates your hobbies. We consider these memories as moments to be grateful for and they deserve to be memorialized!

Embrace The Selfie

Holiday photo ideas aren’t dependent on a postcard-perfect snow day! Turn your favorite selfies with loved ones into heartwarming Christmas ornaments. Not only is it one the most accessible holiday photo ideas, it’s also the quickest way to get everyone in on the picture whenever inspiration strikes.

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Show Off Your Silly Side

Skip to the top of the fridge-worthy pile by humoring your silly side. Because, let’s face it, funny Christmas photo ideas are always appreciated! From goofy faces to silly outtakes, your holiday ornaments are a chance to bring those bloopers to the forefront and laughter to your Christmas tree.

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Give Little Ones The Spotlight

If most of your photos are of your little one, this tip was made for you. Kids grow up so fast, so why not commemorate them year after year with a personalized photo ornament? With so many snaps of the little one on hand, it’s one of the easiest photo ornament ideas that you can also gift to loved ones – grandparents will especially love!

 

Ways To Decorate With Personalized Ornaments

In addition to the tree itself, Christmas ornaments are also easy to stylize in rooms throughout the home. Looking for Christmas table decoration ideas? Place some unique ornaments on its surface to give mealtime a festive and fun vibe. If your tablescape features a bowl as a Christmas centerpiece, simply fill it with ornaments to create the ideal display. An array of Christmas ornament designs brings different feelings to the dining room table. Glass ornament decor offers a sleek and modern mood, while red and green styles embrace the traditional Christmas aesthetic.

The best ornaments also give new life to spots in the home including the mantelpiece and front porch. Want to further add to the holiday feeling? Opt for tree decor and accessories to round out the look. A sleek topper combined with silver or gold tinsel and garland helps make your tree the star of the show. Browse our designs to find the best Christmas decorations and ornaments for you.

Wrapping Up: Send Warm Holiday Wishes With An Ornament

A warm holiday wish in the form of a unique Christmas ornament could bring a little extra joy to the tree-trimming experience. Our one-of-a-kind ornaments makes holiday greetings extra special, perfect for commemorating momentous occasions and significant milestones like graduations, weddings, new babies, and new homes. Personalize an ornament for every member of your family and start creating a collection of cherished holiday memories enjoyed each year.

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