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Easy DIY Travel inspired Christmas Ornaments

These easy to make travel ornaments allow you to relive your favorite travel memories each Christmas.” 

Step-by-Step directions for easy travel inspired Christmas Ornaments.I rarely buy souvenirs when I travel.

Even when I want to, my husband insists they’re unnecessary.

He has a point.

Our goal is to become full-time van campers so I don’t really need to purchase more possessions.

After all, I know from experience what fits and what doesn’t in a camper.

But even so, I’d love to reflect on the travels my family has had over the past year with ornaments purchased at our favorite destinations.

How to Make Your Own Travel Ornaments to Relive your Favorite Vacation or Getaways

I’m fairly crafty and my craft closet needed a good cleaning so, I decided to dig through my boxes of supplies for crafting inspiration. 

I found some cork and ribbon that I decided to make into travel ornaments.

Using my computer and some of the photos I’d taken on some of our trips this past year, I created some simple travel-themed Christmas ornaments.

I’m sure there are several ways I could have created my ornaments, but here is process I followed, step-by-step.

Make your own DIY Travel Ornaments with these Step-by-Step Directions

1. Open a new blank page in Microsoft Word.

2. Go to the top and click “Insert” and click “Pictures”.

Insert photo in Mircosoft Word

A separate window will open and allow you to choose a photo you have stored on your computer.

3. Select your photo and click open.

insert your photo

4. Next, reduce the size of the photo to fit whatever backing you plan to place the photo on. I used cork cut in circles so I sized the photos slightly smaller than the cork circles I cut out.

I found it easy to eyeball the size photo that would fit on the cork. 

reduce size and format

5. I used the oval shape and pulled the shape down to create a circle.

remove shadow

6. Next click on “Picture Effects”, “Shadow”, and “Remove Shadow” to remove the shadow under the photo.

7. When you’ve added all your photos to your page, click “File” and then “Print”.

Cut out your cork circles and photos.

8. Cut out your cork circles and photos.

Poke a hole through the top of the cork circle.

9. Poke a hole through the top of the cork circle. I used a wooden skewer but a sharp pencil should work as well.

Pull jute through the hole to use to hang on the tree.

10. Pull jute, string or ribbon through the hole to hang the ornament on the tree.

Use spray adhesive to attach the photo copy on the cork.

11. Use glue or spray adhesive to adhere the photocopy on the cork.

I used chalkboard stickers to add the location and date to the ornament if you wish.

12. (Optional) I used chalkboard stickers to add the location and date to the ornament.

Easy DIY Travel inspired Christmas ornaments that you can make in minutes.

I also added another ribbon.

That’s it. Easy. Peasy.

I made three DIY travel-inspired Christmas ornaments in under 20 minutes from start to finish.  

If you enjoyed this project you may enjoy these beach ornaments.  

Have you ever made DIY travel ornaments? 

Missy Miller

Sunday 27th of December 2015

This is a super idea! Each year we have a theme for our Christmas tree. I am planning a "travel tree" in the future and a "look into the past" tree. I can't wait to include this idea. Hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year.


Wednesday 30th of December 2015

I LOVE the "look into the past" tree! What a great idea! I hope you blog about it so can see how it turns out. :)


Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Love this! This is a great way to display travel photos

Eliza Ferree

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

These would make great memories. I think the next time I get with some family members (outside immediate) I will take photos and make these as gifts for the following year. Thank you


Wednesday 16th of December 2015

That's a great idea. We had some wonderful vacations, and I'd like to be able to look back on 2015 often.

Brenda Brown

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

These are so cute! Very great idea! Protection Status
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