Family Photo Heirloom Ornament
Family Photo Heirloom Ornament

DIY Family Photo Heirloom Ornaments

    Find the tutorial e-book here.

    I mentioned about a month ago that I sent in my 23andMe kit and that I was anxiously awaiting the results. (see the post here if you missed it!) Well, I got my reports back and I want to share my findings with you. The 23andMe DNA service makes the most amazing Christmas gifts if you’re still struggling to find the perfect thing! I got these for my parents, and they absolutely loved them!

    Family Photo Heirloom Ornament

    If you’re new to 23andMe, it is a service that helps you understand more about your DNA. It allows you to see which regions your ancestors come from and how your DNA can influence facial features, taste, smell and other traits. In other words, it provides some amazing insight into who you are! Some of which proved to be very surprising for me. Just receiving the email with the word “results” in the subject was cause for nerves. What was I going to find out! Give me something spicy, please!

    I’ve been a long-time fan of family history, ever since discovering a 7-inch thick family tree book. I would spend hours flipping through it looking at every name and location. I found it fascinating. Now that it’s so much easier to know EXACTLY where our ancestors are from and how much of them lives in us (isn’t that a crazy thought!). Well, the results I’m in and I’m…

    Family Photo Heirloom Ornament

    …100% European. Ha! I wasn’t super surprised there, although it’s always a fun idea to think that there’s something out of the blue in my background. Nope! I’m 65% British/Irish. I’d LOVE to find out exactly what that means because my grandmother is from Ireland but I’m sure with a name like Watson, it’s a mix of Scottish and English too.

    Family Photo Heirloom Ornament

    I had hoped I’d be a bit more Scandinavian than I am. I’m 15% percent. I had gifted these tests to both my parents in the past and I knew that theirs was also slightly lower than expected so I was prepared for something lower than I thought. So, right on point!

    My husband also took the 23andMe test, and surprisingly he is somehow only 22% Scandinavian? Yup. I don’t quite know what happened there, but he’s 26% French/German, which is a lot stronger than I thought. His mom is from Canada, so we had assumed that there would be some French there, but I didn’t realize it would be that much.

    As I mentioned in my last post, using the 23andMe service has gotten me even more interested in my family history and past relatives. This time of year always tends to be a bit nostalgic and I wanted to create something by my recent findings concerning my ancestry. These Heirloom Family Photo Ornaments were the result. I collected some photos of my family members, including great-grandparents, parents, and even Jasper as it would be his first official ornament! Then we figured out an awesome way to transfer images onto fabric. I wanted a little something extra on the ornaments and I’ve been spotting the technique of adding embroidery onto photos so we decided to try it out on these plush ornaments. I absolutely love how they turned out! It’s literally…a family tree!

    Family Photo Heirloom Ornament

    On a more sentimental note, I love that the ornaments serve as a reminder of those I love throughout the holiday season! These are perfect heirlooms to pass down each generation, and I’m planning on making new additions each year.

    Family Photo Heirloom Ornament

    My Christmas tree becomes a literal family tree, decorated with all my ancestors!

    Family Photo Heirloom Ornament

    Family Photo Heirloom Ornaments tutorial

    Family Photo Heirloom Ornament

    If you haven’t tried 23andMe yet, be sure to check out their kits! Go to 23andMe.com/HouseLarsBuilt to learn more about their Holiday promotion! They make wonderful Christmas Gifts, are easy to use, and the results are so fascinating and make great conversation starters! My family and I end up talking about our reports for hours on end! Just the type of thing you want for holiday gatherings.  

    Family Photo Heirloom Ornament

    You can find the tutorial for this project as an e-book in our shop here.

    This post was sponsored by 23andMe. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Lars thriving!

    Photography by Jane Merritt

    6 COMMENTS

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      Hello!
      Which side of the fabric am I supposed to print on? Thanks!
      Great idea!

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      Love these! I want to make them but I’m wondering if there is any reason you didn’t use iron transfer paper?

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      Hi Britney!
      In the process of making your ancestor/family ornaments.
      I’m gimping along…
      Not the most tech savvy person.
      I don’t know how to crop a picture so that all you get is white background. The photos I’ve cropped all have the background behind it.
      Please advise. Belén

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      These are adorable! Love the embroidery elements – they add so much colour and fun. Will definitely have a go at this – such a lovely way of bringing out the personalities in old family photos (and you’ve got some great ones!).

    5. I think this idea is GENIUS and I am totally going to copy it and share with my DUP camp next month—I am sure they will love it just as much as I do!

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