It was so simple to do and it cost practically nothing to make.
I use Word to size the photos I wanted to use, cropping out extraneous stuff. There is probably a better way to do it but I needed to do something cheap and fast the year I started these and have stuck with what works. I printed it in black and white to accommodate for the differences in light and colour in each of them. Then it was just a matter of cutting, fitting, and glueing the pieces together. I have used both ModPodge and white glue on this project and they both work. It's best to do a clear coat over the whole thing to protect it, especially since I find ModPodge stays a little tacky long after it dries.
We're rather minimalist but it would be so easy to adorn these and make them flashier. Add beads, glitter, colour, anything!
The Grandparents love seeing those cute smiling faces on their trees. The boys are completely enraptured by seeing their younger selves. I love that there are photos on all sides -- flat ornaments make me twitch a little. When the ornament spins, or when we look at them from any angle, there's a cute face smiling back at me.
I have concluded that I must do an ornament a year for the boys, capturing the highlights and growth of each year. (But I'll get caught up in January.)