DIY Playing Card Ornament

DIY Playing Card Ornament

One of my holiday traditions I do every year is make an ornament for each of my kids with their picture on it. I love looking at all the past years as I decorate the tree. One of my favorite ornaments I made was in 2006 out of playing cards. It is fairly simple, but extremely adorable.

What you will need:

  • Deck of playing cards
  • Photos
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter glue
  • Holiday spirit


  1. Using an X-Acto knife, cut out the middle of the playing card so it becomes a frame. (I started with X-Acto knife then switched to scissors because it was easier).
  2. Lay playing card frame over your picture and trim photo excess around the frame edges.
  3. Glue frame onto picture.
  4. Glue another playing card (face down, showing back of card) to the back of the frame/photo combination making a sandwich.
  5. Make other playing card photos if you would like (I made one each for my kids).
  6. For the cover, simple use the back of a playing card and with glitter glue write the year. Let it dry.
  7. Finally, stack the photos in the order you would like with the cover first. Hole punch each card in the correct corner. Tie together with a ribbon and hang on your tree.

You now have an adorable ornament that you will love getting out every year. Enjoy!