How to Start a Picture Frame Memory Christmas Tree


Holiday traditions are my jam. Hands down, my favorite one is my picture frame memory Christmas tree. I saw the idea on my Instagram feed a few years back. The idea is to have a tree specifically for picture frame ornaments. One frame and picture for every year. A family memory Christmas tree. I was instantly obsessed with the idea.

Gather your supplies.

For sake of cleaning up Christmas needles, I chose to purchase a 4 foot, pre lit Christmas tree from Target. I do my best to find an ornament with the year printed on it. Target, Hobby Lobby and Pottery Barn always have them. You could even make your own; Michael’s has the goodies to do that. 

how to make a picture frame memory christmas tree

Choose your location and gather your pictures.

I decided to have this tree in my bedroom and I love how it looks at night, all lit up. I love putting this tree up and hanging each picture. My kids love it too. I always think about how fun it will be to put up 20 years down the road when the tree is filled with memories. The only hard part of this tradition for me is choosing a picture from the year that will take on the important role of being my favorite memory. I don’t always have Christmas themed pictures so don’t limit yourself to December pictures only. I chose to date our pictures back to the year my husband and I met. Our dogs even have their own frame.

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If you choose to start this tradition I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It’s okay if you’re thinking, “It’s too late, we’ve been married 10 years!” I started late too and just found frame ornaments that didn’t have the dates on them. Happy decorating!

What Christmas traditions do you love?

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Kate has been living in Nashville since 2008 when she moved to town for work. She met her husband, a Pittsburgh transplant, through eHarmony (they were even on the commercials!) in 2009, and they married in 2011. James was born in 2014 and Anna in 2016. They also have two rescue dogs. Kate is the youngest of 4 (3 older brothers) and always imagined she would have a large family. That idea shifted once she became a parent! Kate is still trying to navigate being outnumbered during the days while her husband is at work. Kids keep Kate’s Type A Personality and need for Ultra-Organization in check. She has a sign hanging in her house that reads, “Let whatever you do today be enough” as a constant reminder that grace—not perfection—is what is important. Before quitting work to be a full-time stay at home mom, Kate was the giraffe keeper at the Nashville Zoo for several years. She also worked for Ringling Bros taking care of the animals. She lived on a train and traveled to a new city every week by rail. Kate flies back to Minneapolis several times a year with kids in tow to visit her family. If you need advice on how to survive air travel with kids, she is your gal! Her first born had flown 20 times by his first birthday! Her ultimate wish is that her family will move back to Minnesota someday. When Kate has kid-free time, she enjoys gardening, flea markets, decorating, margaritas, college football games, and days at the lake. Follow along with her chaotic life on Instagram: mrscort


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