Ruler Photo Ornaments

Aren’t rulers just so charming? I just love them as an ornament, and they are the perfect frame for pictures of  family and loved ones hanging on the tree!  These ornaments are super easy to make, and really cost effective.  They make perfect gifts! I also made a version that uses my chalkboard Christmas printables, and I adore them too!

Ruler Photo Ornaments |

I really love handmade ornaments, and 90% of the ones on our tree are handmade. It’s so fun to make them personal to our family, and seeing them year after year brings so many memories of the years before. These Ruler Photo Ornaments are perfect for that!

ruler photo ornaments |

ruler photo ornaments |




-hot glue gun

-cereal box or chipboard

-mod podge

-drill and 1/4 inch bit

-ribbon, twine, etc.


ruler photo ornaments | oldsaltfarm.com1.  Cut your yardstick into 3 inch pieces–you’ll have 12 of them, and enough for 3 frames.  You can find them at Michaels or another hobby/sewing store. Mine were around $3.50 each. You can get them cheaper, but I liked the way these looked the best.

2.  Stain your ruler pieces. I used Minwax Dark Walnut–it’s my favorite color of stain.  I wanted there to be a varying shades of darkness, so I did some lighter, and some darker. Let dry completely.

3.  Cut out 4 inch square pieces of chipboard or cereal box.  I used a lighter cardboard like these, so the ornaments wouldn’t be too heavy.

4.  For the pictures, you’ll need them to be about 2 1/2 inches square, but only 2 inches will show, so make sure what you want to see is in those 2 inches.  You can use actual photos, but I just printed out my favorites onto cardstock.  Cut them into the 2 1/2 inch squares, then mod podge them directly in the center of the cereal box–with the colored side facing up. Let dry completely.

5.  Hot glue the rulers around the picture.  Make sure that you are choosing pieces with different numbers–you may want to plan out ahead of time which pieces will go together.

6.  Drill a hole in the top of your ornament with a 1/4 inch drill bit.  Thread through your ribbon or twine. Write the date on the back!

ruler photo ornament |

I LOVE how they turned out, and I can’t wait to put them on my tree!

ruler photo ornaments |

ruler photo ornaments |

These chalkboard centers would be super cute gifts for friends, neighbors, and even teachers!

ruler photo ornaments |

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharon! You should definitely try them…they’re easy, I promise!!! xoxo

  1. Such a fan of your site! Been following for awhile now. Love this ruler frame Christmas ornaments! I’ll be pinning this for sure! Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  2. Kierste, These are just too cute for words! So creative and fun! Thanks for sharing your talents!

  3. Love this idea – I have some old vintage yardsticks and this would be a fun way to use them!

  4. I just started making mine – these are totally going to be little gifts for visiting teachers, school teachers, etc.

    However, there is a typo with your instructions – 1 yard stick is only enough for 3 frames, not 4. I didn’t realize that until after I cut mine – I’ll need to go pick up another yard stick tomorrow to finish mine out!

    thanks for sharing all your creativity!

    1. Aaaack!! So sorry about that!! I’ll go change it now. I knew it only made 3, and I mistakenly typed 4. Thanks for letting me know!! xoxo

  5. Hey! Very nice! But with what do you cut the yardsticks? I’m a 3rd grade teacher scanning the Web for ideas, and yours is definitely the freshest one I’ve seen. Thanks!!

  6. Do you sell these? We are looking for teacher appreciation gift for our elementary school and need 62.

    They are perfect!

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