Make some picture frame ornaments with your Cricut machine and some mat board. This is a simple DIY project that you will love hanging on your tree!
Frame ornaments are my fave! Adding pictures to the Christmas tree is a fun way to bring back those memories year after year.
Read on to see how to make these frame ornaments with a score line for added detail. You can also scroll to the bottom of this post to see even more Cricut craft ideas from our blog partners.
Homemade Picture Frame Ornaments For The Holiday Season
These picture frame ornaments are perfect for Christmas or even as gifts to hang on year-round holiday trees.
To do this, I love to use my Cricut. If you are thinking about getting a cutting machine, definitely get a Cricut! You won’t regret it. It made it so quick and easy to make my picture frames.
Note: This project works with any cutting machine.
All of the instructions are in the printable craft card at the bottom of this post. Here are some more details and tips too!
Frame Ornament Supplies
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These are the supplies you will need in order to make the cute Christmas ornament frames.
- 4-ply mat board in various colors (I purchased this listing on Amazon)
- Cricut Maker (I recommend this one for mat board) (click here to see why I love the Maker)
- Knife blade (click here to see how to use it)
- Scoring wheel (click here to learn more)
- Hot glue and a glue gun
- Craft knife
- Self-healing mat
- Cricut cut file (click here to access)
If you are a visual learner, here is a video of the entire craft. Watch how to make these frame ornaments below.
Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? Just follow along below.
How To Make Frame Ornaments Using The Cricut
All the steps are listed in this printable craft card at the bottom of this post. Here are some tips and step-by-step photos that I hope will help you as you make them.
Download The Free Frame Cutting File
The first thing you’ll need to do is download the frames file. I made them in Cricut Design Space. It’s free to download and makes the entire project so easy!
Cut The Frame Pieces
Cut the frame pieces out with your Cricut Maker and the knife blade adding the score lines with the scoring wheel.
Tip: Pick a 4-ply mat board when cutting and follow all instructions on the screen.
Check your cuts before removing your project from the machine! If they are not cut all the way through, send for another pass through the machine or remove and use a craft knife and self-healing mat to finish the cuts.
Don’t Get Too Intricate With Embossing
Now, a few words about the score lines. The two frame ornaments that I ended up making work perfectly with the scoring wheel and adding those embossed details.
However, if you get too intricate with your embossing (like on the red example below), the mat board will start to crack and you will have the white core showing through.
Just a word of caution when you are designing your project! The two frames on my cut file did not have any issues so feel free to cut away on those.
Add Photos To The Frames
Once everything is cut, print some pictures to add to your frame ornaments.
Trim the pictures to the size of the frame using scissors.
Assemble The Frame Ornaments
Then assemble the entire thing with your glue gun.
Start by adding a loop of twine to the back of your frame.
Next, use hot glue to attach your picture to the back of the front piece.
Then run a bead of hot glue all the way around the back.
Assemble the entire thing together.
Finally, all that is left is to hang your frame ornaments on your tree.
Just look at those embossed details and what they add to the project!
I am in love with the idea of adding score lines to mat board and now am wondering what other projects I can make with this same technique.
Fill up your tree this year with frame ornaments and all of those memories you have made throughout the year!
- Cricut Maker
- Knife Blade
- Scoring Wheel
- Hot Glue and a Glue Gun
- Craft knife
- Self-healing mat
- 1 pack 4-ply mat board in various colors
- 2 Photos
- 1 Cricut File click here to access
- 1/2 yard Twine
- Cut out the frame design with your Cricut Maker and the knife blade adding the score lines with the scoring wheel.
- Pick 4-ply mat board when cutting and follow all instructions on the screen.
- Once everything is cut, print some pictures to add to your frame ornaments.
- Trim the pictures to the size of the frame using scissors.
- Glue the frames on top of the photos.
- Add a loop of twine to the back of the frame.
Want More Cricut Project Ideas?
Do you love this project and do you also want more ideas with your Cricut machine? We have several blog partners that are joining us this week for Cricut Holiday.
You can click on the image below of the project and the instructions for each one will open in a new window on your computer. Happy crafting!
So, if you loved these frame ornaments, be sure to stay tuned as we have tons more Cricut fun this week!
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