Holiday Photo Projects

The most important thing about the holidays isn’t the decorations (even though that’s fun!) but the friends and family you spend it with. A great way to decorate for Christmas is to incorporate your family into your theme with holiday photo projects. There are bunch of great projects anyone can do to create keepsakes that make great gifts, too. So pull out those boxes of snapshots, and pull up those photo folders on your phones, tablets and computers. Here are our top picks for DIY holiday photo projects!

Photo ornament



Our featured glitter photo ornament project above is found at Making Lemonade.

I don’t usually love projects from commercial organizations, but I ran across this photo pine cone project from Kodak and wanted to share it with you… I love the simplicity of this, and I envision a whole entry table decked out with these with b&w photos… I would think most pine cones would need something to keep them from rolling over though… I suggest some poster putty from office supply, or even the dollar store. A little dab on the bottom should stick it well to the table surface, with no damage to the table.

Photo pine cone


Our Best Bites had a fantastic and easy project for photo luminaries… you just need a printer, some vellum, some tape and some candle-holders! Easy tutorial!

Photo luminaries


Tonya Staab has this easy photo glitter ornament project… simply add a photo to a clear glass ornament, and add glitter or snow!

Photo glitter ornament


Perfectly Imperfect always has the greatest projects, and I love these simple, wonderful photo ornaments she has created. Check out her instructions,the photos are raised up which give it dimension.

Photo ornament


Love these cookie cutter ornaments! Follow the instructions here.



Finally. check out the tutorial from Lilikoi Joy on this photo collage… what a great way to share your year with visitors to your home! After all, kids change so much, and there is so much to share about what they do and who they are… a visit is never enough to catch up!

Holiday photo collage


Image Credits: Perfectly Imperfect, Making Lemonade, Kodak, Our Best Bites, Martha, Lilikoi Joy




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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Cathy Shaw
    December 28, 2017 / 8:40 am

    I would like to do a whole wall like the JOY project of all our children and grand kid’s, for my husband that has two kinds of cancer. Please help me out on this. Thanks

  2. November 9, 2014 / 11:12 pm

    Hi Kathy, hope you’re doing well! Thank you for featuring my collage project, much appreciated! Sharon

    • Kathy Woodard
      December 30, 2014 / 10:27 am

      Hi Sharon! Great project, thanks for letting us share it with our readers!

    • October 8, 2016 / 8:59 am

      If this is the “JOY” photo collage, I would really like to do this with my daughter’s wedding photos. But when I clicked on the link for the directions, it says it is restricted & I can’t read/see it.

      • Kathy Woodard
        October 19, 2016 / 3:07 pm

        Unfortunately it seems the link is no longer valid, we had the same problem! We will try to find a similar project to replace it as soon as we can!

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