Melissa (sesmom) at 2peas created the ornament below and posted the instructions on how to make it on her blog. I thought it was so beautiful and clever that I wanted others to see it! Note that she used ornaments that open up.
Melissa says: For this ornament, I gathered tiny things from the craft store. Look where they have items for mini trees. I used a tiny wrapped gift, snowman, tree, candy cane and snowflake for the tree star topper. The tiny hearts on the tree were from a tiny garland - just clipped them off the garland and glued them on the tree.
Don't glue down, but place the gift inside the ball and guestimate how big your picture needs to be. You can place a ruler behind the ball to get an idea. My image of Em is 2.25" tall and about 2.5" wide at the longest points. Print and trim your photo.
I did a Google search and found this lovely site, karenswhimsy.com - she had free images of wings. Use some wings from the scrap stash, stamp them or use feathers or iron-on appliques of butterflies, butterfly wings, whatever strikes your fancy.
These wings I printed out onto a patterned paper, covered in glitter and then Stickled around the edge. They measure 1.25" x 1" each. Attach to your photo. I used a liquid adhesive for this.
For the ornament above, I placed her on a tiny gift box. The ribbon has a touch of glue behind it to hold it up in front. The back of the photo is supported by a glue dot cut in half and placed as shown below:
Same idea for the tree, cut the glue dots so it stands straight inside the curve of the ball:
Arrange your little scene. I used hot glue to adhere everything inside, with pop/glue dots to make them even and stand up straight inside the curve of the ball where needed. See Melissa's blog for further instructions!
Here are two coaster ornamenents that Anne House made. You can find her directions at her blog PaperCutz and Praisez. I thought these were so clever! And she is altering a tree and posting new things everyday!