Gingerbread White Russian

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

For me a white Russian is a special treat. They aren’t something I drink often, but for some reason they seem particularly appropriate as a Christmas cocktail to me. A couple of years ago I made these salted caramel white Russians that were a hit so this year I wanted to play on the classic recipe again, this time with a gingerbread white Russian! This recipe is seriously crazy good. It’s the combination of all the parts like the chocolate vodka, the good homemade Irish cream, the ground ginger, the molasses and the big dollup of whipped cream that make it all come together. This weekend while you’re keeping cozy and keeping company with your favorite people, give this a try!

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian
Makes 1 serving

  • 2 oz chocolate vodka
  • 1 oz Irish cream
  • 4 oz milk
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • Pinch ground ginger
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Whipped cream

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add milk, vodka and Irish cream. Add a generous pinch of ground ginger and ground nutmeg. (If you don’t have nutmeg, cinnamon will also work, but the ginger is a must.) Drizzle in the molasses. Shake until well chilled. Pour into a glass over ice. Garnish with whipped cream, gingerbread crumbles and a gingerbread cookie and enjoy!

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Because it’s the holidays and I’m all about the little details making everything extra special, I’m going to encourage you to make a batch of my homemade Irish cream to use in this white Russian recipe. It is so much better than the standard store bought stuff that it just adds something to this drink. The whipped cream can certainly come out of a can if need be, but it’s so easy to make quickly at home, I kind of feel like, “why not?” But then again, I’m a touch weird when it comes to these things and always have cream on hand for whipping so you do you, friends.

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Gingerbread White Russian Recipe | Cocktail recipes, Christmas cocktails, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

I’ve mentioned before that I love crafting this time of year more than other. Maybe it’s the excuse to go all out with gold leaf and confetti and glitter? That may very well have a little or a lot to do with it, admittedly. Specifically, creating really pretty homemade ornaments feels like it’s becoming a bit of an obsession. The painted gold leaf ornaments I made last year are some of my favorite ornaments on our tree and, coincidentally, the tutorial is one of the most popular posts I’ve shared in the last 8+ years of blogging! These gold leaf star ornaments from last week are also proving to be a hit. So, obviously you guys love some pretty ornaments, too. Consider these glitter confetti ornaments 2016’s answer to the gold leaf ornaments that set the world on fire. I wanted to make something just as easy, just as beautiful and hopefully just as fun for you to replicate. So let’s hope to it, shall we? These are quick and easy to make, and would be a great project for kids to help with, too!

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

Supplies

  • Clear glass or plastic ornaments
  • Metallic confetti
  • Large glitter in assorted sizes/colors
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Spray adhesive
  • Glossy spray sealer

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

I found this super pretty jumbo glitter at Michaels and picked out a variety of colors and sizes that I thought looked beautiful together. Once home, I mixed some of each in a mixing bowl and then tossed in some metallic confetti that I’d also picked up at Michaels. Using a lemonade spoon I carefully spooned the mixture into each ornament until they were roughly 1/3 full. If you have a small funnel it will be even easier!

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

For the next step you’ll want to work in a well ventilated area (outdoors is best) and thoroughly protect your work area with newspaper or craft paper. Then use your spray glue to give the ornament a thin, light coat of adhesive. I wanted my glitter concentrated at the top of the ornament, so I applied the spray glue from the top down, intentionally making sure not to coat the entire bulb. Then it’s time to shake on the glitter! I shook glitter all over the ornament, gently shook over the excess, then repeated the steps. With the second coat of glitter I used my fingers to press it more firmly against the adhesive. Once you achieve the look you like, finish up with a quick coat of clear, glossy spray sealer to help lock the glitter into place and allow everything to dry for at least a few hours or overnight.

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

To top everything off, use a bit of pretty ribbon or twine to create a loop and a bow for hanging your ornaments. Or you can skip this part entirely and use traditional ornament hangers. It’s completely up to whatever look you prefer. And that’s it! If you love these ornaments, be sure to check out this pretty DIY glitter vase, which uses a similar technique. And don’t forget! If you give these ornaments or any of my other craft projects or recipes a try, share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #thesweetestholidays so I can take a look and leave you a little love!

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments | Christmas craft ideas, homemade ornaments, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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An Easy Homemade Chocolate Tart

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An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

Ok, friends, let’s cut right to the chase. When TAZO® reached out to see if I’d be game for coming up with the perfect holiday recipe to pair with their TAZO Chai Vanilla Caramel Latte, I was hyped! I was instantly inspired by a warm, cozy winter afternoon spent watching favorite Christmas movies and wrapping presents with your sister or best friend. Topping off the day? A big mug of creamy chai and a slice of this insanely delicious chocolate tart. It’s these quiet little moments of decadence in the midst of a busy holiday season that make me love this time of year. When you’re wearing yoga pants and an oversized sweater fussing over the perfect ribbons and bows. When you’re watching The Holiday for the 99th time and fall in love all over again like the very first time. When you’re enjoying girl talk over Christmas music with the light of the tree in the background. The very very best times of all. You can make this tart the night before or in the morning, invite your favorite lady or two over for the day and serve up the perfect treat with virtually no fuss. We’re talking just a few ingredients like chocolate and cream, and a stash of TAZO Vanilla Caramel Chai Latte K-Cup® packs and you’re good to go.

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

Chocolate Tart
Makes one 12″ tart or approximately 16 servings

For the Crust:

  • 30 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

Place cookies in a food processor and pulse to a fine, crumbly consistency. Melt the butter then combine with the cookie crumbs in a mixing bowl using your hands or a rubber spatula until the butter is well distributed. Press into a tart pan and bake at 350° for 8 – 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before pouring the filling over top.

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ stick of butter, cut into chunks

Place bittersweet and milk chocolate chips in a heat-safe mixing bowl. In the meantime, pour the heavy cream into a saucepan and then add the butter, heating slowly over medium heat until it comes to a gentle boil and the butter is totally melted. Be careful not to scald the cream or to allow the mixture to boil over! Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate chips. Let sit for 2 minutes. Use a rubber spatula to stir together the cream and chocolate until smooth and consistent in color. Pour into the prepared crust and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 – 6 hours before slicing and serving.

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

TAZO® Vanilla Caramel Chai Latte K-Cup® Packs are expertly blended to make brewing the perfect cup of chai latte at home as simple as can be. With the flavors of classic chai, lush black tea, and fragrant vanilla caramel, it’s a rich and creamy escape from the ordinary, all without leaving home. Pour the sweetened dairy pack into your favorite mug, brew a latte tea pod and stir well. I was honestly blown away with how incredibly delicious the flavors were! With rich aromas reminiscent of walking into your favorite coffee shop, this stuff is the real deal, friends. Paired with this chocolate tart recipe and you’ve got a serious contender for your new favorite go-to way to treat yourself. The full line-up of TAZO Chai products are available at local grocery stores so you can indulge whenever you need a pick-me-up this winter!

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

For me the holidays are all about slowing down a bit and savoring time with loved ones. In my world, professionally this time of year is go-go-go and it definitely makes finding the ability to slow down feel nearly impossible at times. This, to me, is the perfect way to do just that. It’s just simple, good and relaxing, exactly as the holidays should be if you ask me. Add a twinkling Christmas tree and there is, in short, no other way I’d rather pass the time.

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

An Easy Chocolate Tart Recipe | Christmas desserts, Christmas recipes, and Christmas party ideas from @cydconverse

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[Recipe, styling + art direction by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging

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DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

I always love giving photo gifts for Christmas, especially to my parents, siblings and close friends. This year I wanted to find a really special way to make use of the many amazing images that were captured throughout the last twelve months, instead of just texting them to people or sharing them on Facebook with family. Emerson had so many exciting firsts this year, plus my sister got married, we traveled to Key West for her bachelorette weekend and then went to Florida again for a cousin’s wedding in October. It was a really special year with a lot of beautiful memories, so I created this cool, modern family photo wall hanging in partnership with CVS Photo to toast all the reasons we had to celebrate this year. While I am honestly fully intending to keep this one for myself, I may or may not have made a slightly different version using a different mix of photos for someone in my family. (Shhhh!) It’s really easy to make using CVS’s same day photo services and the rest of the supplies can be found at your favorite local craft shop. The end result is a truly beautiful and special gift they wouldn’t want to return even if they could!

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

Supplies

  • Photo prints from CVS.com
  • Twine or string
  • Small 1/8″ hole punch
  • Wooden dowel or wood trim
  • Removable wall hooks
  • Paper cutter (optional)

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

To get started, choose the photos you love most and have them printed at CVS.com. You can upload them from your computer or device, or CVS can connect to your Facebook or Instagram account to grab them. Always a sucker for black and white, I first converted all my images from color, which you can do using photo editing software or a photo editing app. That said, I do also think this would be beautiful with color images or a mix of both! You’ll have your photo prints the same day from CVS and then you can get started. I used 4×6 prints which I trimmed down to 4×4 using a paper cutter, or CVS.com offers square prints in various sizes. Alternately, you could use the 4×6 images as is, creating a cool pattern of horizontal and vertical photos. Then, using a small hole punch (mine is 1/8″), punch a hole at the top center and bottom center of each photo. Once you’ve found the center of the first photo and punched your holes, you can use that one as a template to quickly punch all the other photos by laying a second photo on top of the original one and punching through the holes to punch the second photo.

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

Next, string your photos together using twine or string. I cut my string to 3x the length of my wooden strip and left about 10″ at the top. Feed it through the front of the top hole of your first image and pull it through until you have your roughly 10″ of excess to alter allow me to attach it to the wooden hanger. Tie a knot to hold it in place and then feed the twine through the back of the bottom hole. There’s no need to create a second knot.

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

String your second image on, also feeding the twine through the front of the top hole, allowing for roughly 2 – 3″ between the two images. Create your knot, feed the twine through the back of the bottom knot of the second image and repeat. I used 30 photos total, set up as 6 strands of 5 images, but you can customize this to any size and spacing you’d like! For the bottom photo on each of the strands, I did create a second knot at the bottom hole to keep everything neat and tidy looking and to hold everything nicely in place.

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

Secure each strand of photos to your wooden hanger by looping the twine around it a couple of times and then double knotting it in place. Don’t worry too much about making them all the same exact length – a little variation works well since creating a truly perfect grid would likely be impossible, so why drive yourself crazy? For my wood support I used a wooden trim piece roughly 30″ in length that is flat on one side, which I found in the wood craft aisle of my local craft shop for a few dollars. You could also use a dowel or really any kind of long, fairly thin piece of wood. To hang it on the wall I used removable clear plastic wall hooks and was able to fit the wood right into the hook to hold it in place. I used a small level to make sure it was hanging straight, but if you’re not as twitchy about such things as I am, eyeballing it will honestly work just as well!

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

Creating this wall hanging was so much fun and I’m so excited to give it as a gift on Christmas. Homemade gifts are always my favorite and there really is no better way to gift someone with something truly personal and special than with photo memories they can cherish for years to come if you ask me. A huge thanks to CVS.com for inspiring me to make this beautiful piece and for making it so easy to bring the holidays to life in such a lovely way!

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS Pharmacy for the Bring Holidays to Life campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS Pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

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DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments

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DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

On the tree at my dad’s house, there are four old ornaments all bearing the faces, names and birth year of my siblings and I. As an adult I’ve grown to love those ornaments more than any others from my childhood, and every Christmas morning to this day my sister and I find so much joy in reveling over our tiny little faces. This year as he was decorating his tree, my dad took a photo of each of them and sent them to all of us on our family group text thread. “Now I just need some like these for all the grandkids!” What a cute cute old man. (Actually, my father isn’t old at all, but my sister and I find it really fun to call him a cute old man. Ha!) That conversation is what inspired these sweet DIY gilded photo ornaments, which I created in partnership with CVS Photo. With a phone and a Dropbox account filled with photos, I loved the idea of creating lasting memories with those images instead of just having them live on social media. Thanks to CVS’s same day photo services, you can create these ornaments to hang on your own tree, to give as a sweet gift or to top packages this Christmas morning!

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

Supplies

  • Photo prints from CVS.com
  • Ribbon and/or twine
  • Circle paper punch (mine is 2½”)
  • Round wood discs (these are 3″)
  • Paint brushes (small and medium)
  • Liquid leaf in gold
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • ModPodge or decoupage glue

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

To begin, I quickly converted all of my photos to black and white, because I loved the idea of the black and white paired with a bit of gold for a timeless heirloom quality. You can do this using photo editing software or a photo editing app, or skip this step entirely! Upload to CVS.com and place your photo order, then take a quick trip to the local craft store where I picked up all the rest of these supplies. With your photos in hand, use a large circle punch to punch out the images for each of your ornaments. If the people are a little lower in your photograph making it tough to just punch them out, simply trim down your print first using scissors, then punch out the circles.

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

Use a medium sized craft paint brush to apply a layer of ModPodge or similar decoupage glue to the center of your wood round, roughly covering the area where the photo will go. (It’s ok if you apply it a little outside of that area as it dries clear.) Then place a photo on top of the wood, center it as best you can and apply another layer of decoupage glue to cover the entire top. Pay special attention to the edges of the photo to make sure it adheres completely. Again, the glue will dry perfectly clear so no worries about applying it to the top of the photo, this just helps ensure a nice, strong permanent hold. Repeat this process with all of your ornaments and then allow them to dry completely.

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

Next, use a small craft paint brush to carefully paint the border around the photo with liquid leaf. You’ll also want to paint the edges of the ornament so it all appears gold when hung from the tree. If this seems tricky, no worries! The edge of the photo provides a nice little ridge to run your brush along so as long as you don’t go at it too quickly, you’ll easily be able to apply the gilding with mucking up your photos. Then allow everything to dry once more.

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

For the final step, cut lengths of ribbon or twine roughly 5″ long to create the loops for hanging your ornaments. I mocked it up and tested the length on our tree to make sure they’d be large enough hangers to easily hang over the branches without having to struggle. Then just add a bead of hot glue on the back of the ornament at the top, centered on your image on the reverse side. Carefully press both ends of the ribbon loop into the hot glue, being careful not to burn your fingers. Then allow the glue to cool. Once cool, you’re ready to hang your ornaments!

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

Alternately, these make really beautiful gift toppers, too! Use a bead of hot glue or double sided tape to attach them to your wrapped package and they can either denote whose gift it is or serve as a sweet bonus gift for the recipient. My dad is going to be getting a whole set of ornaments for Christmas this year to make his wish of having a tree filled with photo ornaments of the grandkids come true. (And don’t worry, my dad doesn’t read the blog…even though he very often is caught bragging about his daughter, the “famous” blogger. Hahaha!) Many thanks to CVS.com for teaming up with me for this fun project and be sure to pay them a visit for more fun ways you can bring the holidays to life this year with your favorite photos from throughout the year!

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments | Homemade ornaments, Christmas DIY ideas, homemade gifts and more from @cydconverse

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS Pharmacy for the Bring Holidays to Life campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS Pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

Read more about our editorial policies.

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