How to Make a DIY Pet Ornament

Follow these simple steps to create your very own pet-inspired ornament for the holiday season.
By: Cara Wengen
DIY Pet Ornament

Tis the season for time-honored traditions and activities, including the decorating of the Christmas tree. Cherished ornaments from years past come out of storage for their chance to twinkle with the tinsel. Why not add your pet into the mix? Now we don’t recommend sharing egg nog, but what about pinning their perfect pet faces onto your sparkling spruce? Stay tuned for a few simple steps on how to create your own adorable DIY Pet Ornament.


What you’ll need:

  • 3”x3” Paper Printed Pet Photo
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Mason Jar Lid
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Pen or Marker
  • Ribbon and trimming of your choosing


Step 1

First you will need your photo, a marker, and your Mason jar lid. Flip your photo over so that the picture is facing down. Using the marker, trace your Mason jar lid onto the back of the photo.


Step 2

Using your scissors, cut out the traced line. You can keep your photo as large as the lid, or you can trim off a little more to leave an exposed lid edge. We opted to trim the photo down a bit.


Step 3

When you’re finished cutting, place the photo onto the lid to make sure it is your desired size.


Step 4

Remove your photo. Designate the top of your ornament. Using the hole punch tool, punch a hole in the top of your ornament.


Step 5

Collect your photo, felt brush, Mod Podge, and lid. The next steps should go quickly, so be prepared to work fast! Using your felt brush, paint a small amount of Mod Podge onto the lid. Flip your photo over so that the picture is facing down and paint a small amount of Mod Podge on the back of it. Flip your photo back over so that the picture is facing you and place it onto the middle of your lid. Using your fingers, smooth out the photo and ensure there are no air bubbles underneath of it. (Note that some Mod Podge may come out from under the photo, but that is okay.)


Step 6

Once you have ensured that there are no air bubbles under your photo, neatly paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the photo. This layer will appear cloudy, but don’t worry, it will dry clear. Allow to dry for 20 minutes.


Step 7

Feed your ribbon or trimmings of choice through your punched hole. Once threaded, tie the ribbon into a knot to create the hanging portion of your ornament. Get creative with this step! We added a small bow to the top of our ornament, but feel free to add glitter, foam letters, or even a lace trim to your project.


Step 8: Your Project is Complete!

Your ornament is now ready for display! Add it to your tree, give it as a present, or even stuff it in a stocking.