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Farmhouse DIY Christmas Ornaments

Farmhouse Decorations without Wording

For those of you who follow me along my blogging journey, you know of my love and appreciation of horses.  While Christmas decor shopping I did find some beautiful Christmas decorations with barns, but none with farmhouse animals, much less just horses.  I thought about doing some DIY  Christmas ornaments with oink, cluck, neigh, moo and meow, for animal Christmas carolers, but I after doing all the various wall art with the wording I thought there is enough lettering in my decor.

Beautiful horses and sleigh on a handmade DIY Christmas ornament

The Christmas ornament backdrops are dollar store decorations, that I painted barn red.  You can cut out your own on fibreboard if you like, but at $1.25 each these ones are cheap enough and save some time.   If you can find a dollar store ornament in your preferred colour you don’t need to paint it.  My photo actually covered the lettering but I wanted barn red.

Updating a dollar store ornament into a farmhouse DIY Christmas ornament

You can use the same tutorial for any type of photograph you like but mine are gorgeous dapple grey Percherons pulling a sleigh.

How to Make these Farmhouse Christmas Ornaments

Handmade DIY Christmas ornament in red with white fabric and horses.


To make your own you will need:

Wood backdrops, cut out or dollar store ornaments (Make a template)

A photo you love, check out Pixabay, or Pexels.

Jolee’s Easy Image transfer paper

Red acrylic  paint

Muslin or drop cloth

Mod Podge


Scissors, or ruler and cutting wheel


Tutorial for DIY Farmhouse Ornaments

To make the backdrop,  paint all sides with two coats of dark red paint, let dry between coats.

Find the picture you like, here is the one I used.

Size it to fit the backdrop my pictures are 2.5″ by 4″  I used flip your image in Word so that it’s a mirror image.   If your backdrop is the same size as mine here is the PDF  already flipped and sized. 

Insert the transfer paper into your printer making sure the picture will print on the shiny side.

Print your photos and trim off the outside paper.

Iron the muslin or drop cloth or another cotton.    Place the printed transfer, picture side down.  Press with a hot iron and no steam.  Hold the iron for at least a minute.

Let the fabric cool completely, and then pull off the backing, to reveal your transferred photo.

How to transfer a photo to fabric while making a DIY Christmas ornament DIY Christmas ornament

As my picture images are square edged they sides look really abrupt somehow.   To soften the edges pull off some of the outside threads to make the edge tattered.  You can see the tattered edge in the next photo.

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A fun Christmas craft, easy Christmas decoration
A DIY Christmas ornament with horses and sleigh bells for a Christmas tree

Add mod podge to the back of your fabric, place, and press onto the wood.  I was careful not to get mod podge on the photo side.  I am not sure that it would affect the photo, but why risk it.

Adding fabric to a DIY Christmas ornament using mod podge

Decorate with twine and miniature sleigh bells.  Hang with twine.

Adding twine and sleigh bells to a DIY Christmas ornament

I really like this process for making DIY Christmas ornaments.  The variations are endless with different pictures and paint colours and I really like that I can have as many coordinating decorations I want in the style I want.

Happy Decorating


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One of a kind beautiful DIY Christmas ornament with sleigh and horses.


    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Denise, you know how much I love horses. I knew exactly what I wanted to do as soon as I saw the precut ornaments.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Deborah, when I first started with the buffalo check, Hubs didn’t like the lack of colour. He loves the tree now that I have added the red ornaments to it.

  1. Such a lovely idea, Leanna! You sure are right the possibilities are endless with what you can do!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I hope to see your version someday my friend xo hugs Leanna

  2. Stunning idea Leanna. Love it. I think I’m going to make some for my Mom and Dad with pics of the kids on. It will make such a lovely gift for both of them

  3. Oh, I just love these, Leanna! Every year we have a family sleigh ride and gather for a potluck party afterward. The hostess always gives a keepsake ornament, usually a sleigh, but this is a great idea for something different! Pinned 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Oh, what a wonderful outing, that sounds perfect. These ornaments do fit right in, I am glad.

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