/ Thursday, December 20th, 2012

by Fran Cassano

Hi Everyone! The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is pure magic. I had the pleasure of experiencing it for the first time on its opening evening last month, when new lifelong friends invited me to join them. Seeing the Osborne Lights this way was a perfect start to the holiday season. And it was the inspiration behind this week’s project, a super easy layered photo ornament.

This craft is so quick and simple that you can capture any memory within days of Christmas and have an ornament ready for your tree in minutes. So, grab some of your own favorite photos and let’s get started together!

I used the following (and definitely feel free to do a variation that fits your own theme):

  • Photos you don’t mind cutting up
  • 1 half sheet of black card stock
  • Tape runner or similar adhesive
  • Dimensional foam dots
  • Precision scissors
  • Piece of black embroidery floss or monofilament


Cut out all images you want to use to create your ornament. Then, adhere the images to the black card stock first, before you cut around it. Judge which portions of the cut photos work better with the dimensional foam and/or the tape runner. I did a mix of both. (Use the project photo, if you want, as a guide). Next, cut around the card stock, giving each piece a thin border. Then layer these pieces together, however you like (or as shown). The dimensional foam sets the card stock back from the image itself, adding depth to places you like with minimal effort. Just add a piece of embroidery floss to hang your new ornament.

How fast and easy was that?!

Wishing you all magical moments this holiday season!

A very special thank you to Shelley Benhoff, Jason Benhoff and friends met at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. I will never forget that evening. (All photos used in this project are from screenshots of a video taken by Shelley Benhoff).


For Fran Cassano, paper crafts have kept the magic of Disney a part of her everyday life. Fran invites us capture our own memories through Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting… Break out the tools that have been gathering dust. And let’s figure out how, together!




4 thoughts on “Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting: Easy Layered Photo Ornament”

  1. Fran Cassano says:

    Hi Everyone. Here is another quick tip. Do you happen to have other photos from the past year that you want to share with friends and family? You can take this ornament idea and make them into layered photo gift tags. Just write the “to” and “from” on the back with a black Sharpie and affix to presents by the embroidery floss/monofilament.

    : ) Fran

  2. how cute! BTW I already used up all the tape runner you gave out to me and Kevin for the fish extender gift!!!! I LOVE it! I’m going to have to stock up for future projects! I used it for gifts I made for christmas presents and it was so much easier and neater than glue or tape!

  3. Fran Cassano says:

    Angie! I am so glad you liked the tape runners that much. You know me and my adhesives, LOL. And I totally agree about using tape runners to wrap gifts. Did you ever see the 3M Scotch Pop-Up Tape? Highly recommended.

  4. What a great idea Fran! I’m glad my video provided you with enough good images. That was a very memorable night and I’m looking forward to seeing you again REAL soon!!