DIY Silhouette Christmas Ornament for Kids

This homemade silhouette Christmas ornament is super easy to create and makes such a special keepsake. This simple ornament is definitely worth making with your child, and older children can even make their own! (These homemade Christmas tree ornaments make wonderful homemade gifts!)

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DIY Silhouette Christmas Ornament Craft: Such a simple and special keepsake! ~


I absolutely adore having keepsakes that are pictures of my children, especially around the holidays. Hanging up ornaments with pictures of my kids (like these puzzle piece frame Christmas ornaments) always bring back such special memories, and the kids always feel so proud when they see them on the tree.

This silhouette Christmas ornament is super easy to make and is one I know I’ll cherish every year. It would also make a special gift to give grandparents and other family members. This post contains affiliate links.


DIY Silhouette Christmas Ornament Craft for Kids


DIY Silhouette Christmas Ornament Craft: Such a simple and special keepsake! ~

Silhouette Christmas Ornament Craft

Materials for Silhouette Christmas Ornament Craft


Directions for Silhouette Christmas Ornament Craft

1. Find or take a picture of your child’s profile. I snapped a quick picture on my phone and printed it out on white paper using our printer.

2. Place a sheet of shrink film over the photo. (We used matte shrink film to really make the silhouette stand out on the white background.) Trace the outline of your child’s face with a Sharpie and color it in. Write your child’s name and the year near the drawing. (I used a half sheet of shrink film for each child.)


diy silhouette ornament


3. Cut out your profile drawing from the shrink film. Punch a hole in the top of the film.


homemade silhouette Christmas ornament craft


4. Place your shrink film drawing onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake according to the directions on your shrink film’s package. (We baked ours for about 3 minutes at 335 degrees.)

5. Once it shrinks completely, press it down flat with a spatula before it completely hardens.

6. Let it cool.


homemade silhouette Christmas ornament craft


7. Tie some red ribbon through the hole for hanging. That’s it!


DIY Silhouette Christmas Ornament Craft: Such a simple and special keepsake! ~


Want to make some more ornament keepsakes with your leftover shrink film? Try these kid-made ornaments!

Turn kid drawings into homemade Christmas ornaments using shrink film!



Looking for some more fun Christmas activities?

Check out our STEAM Kids Christmas Ebook for all kinds of science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities for kids all centered around Christmas!

STEAM Kids Christmas activities



Homemade Silhouette Christmas Ornaments using shrink film and Sharpies! Easy DIY ornament keepsakes that make great gifts for parents and grandparents! ~


  1. Love this idea for my 2nd grade students! What was the original size you did before they shrunk to make an ornament?

  2. Hi,
    What color shrink film did you use, clear or white?

  3. Hi Pat- It definitely looks better on white. The one I linked to in the post is called “matte”. It appears clear in the beginning and turns white when you shrink it.


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