There’s nothing quite as gratifying as taking a photograph and making it into something different. Something crafty. Something handmade. Photocraft ends in something you can gift , use or decorate your house or office with. There are literally 1000′s of photocraft ideas and inspirations across the web (which you’ll know if you’ve spent anytime on Pinterest), it’s just a matter of finding the ones you like AND the ones that are within your skill set :-). Here’s a few of our favourite ideas for turning your printed photographs into something extra special:
1. Creative Gift Wrap
There’s two ways you can wrap a gift, just plain old wrap it, or….. you can tell a story with your gift wrap. Adding photos to your gift wrap is a beautiful way of telling (or re-telling) a story, emphasising a friendship or showing how much you care. Adding photos to your gift wrapping adds both significance and personal value to the gift, not-to-mention negates the need to add a card . Here’s a heartwarming idea for a perfect gift wrap that will guarantee smiles from the recipient.
How to make it: Print a photo relevant to the person or the occasion.Wrap the gift with a plain gift wrap, then wrap with ribbon along the length of the gift. Make sure the two ends of the ribbon meet in the centre of your gift. Stick down the two ends of ribbon to your gift with adhesive then stick your photo on top of ribbon where the two ends meet. Such a simple addition to your gift, but it adds so much meaning.
2. Bottletop Photo Magnets
Create your very own adorable bottletop photo magnets. They are a great gift option for friends or family for Christmas, birthdays or even gifts to use at the office. Alternatively, make these magnets with photos of your most recent holiday and stick them on your fridge to keep you going until your next holiday.
How to make it: Set aside the number of bottletops you’re planning to use. You can use beer bottletops, soda tops, or any other bottle tops that are clean and undamaged.
Print your photos and cut them in the shape and size of the inside of your bottletops (The standard size of a soda cap is about 2.5 cms in diameter).
Paint the inside of the cap with multiple layers (at least two) of white hobby paint so it gives it a fresh, clean and new look before you add photos. Once the paint is completely dry, stick the small photos in the cap using adhesive. Now, using a stronger adhesive, stick a small piece of magnet sheet at the back of the cap. Let it cool off for a few hours. And it’s ready!
Stick to the nearest fridge or magnetic whiteboard.
2. Balloon Photo Holder
Make your party decoration the best by creating this unique balloon photo holder at the dinner table. What a great conversation starter!
How to make it: Print 10 photos relevant to the occasion (e.g if it’s a birthday party print photos of the birthday girl/boy, for a wedding print pics of the lucky couple etc.). Now, you will need 10 sheets of white paper the same shape of your photos but about 1/2 – 1 inch wider than your photos. Stick each photo in the centre of the paper and attach it to satin ribbon and punch a hole in the top centre of the paper. Inflate 10 balloons with helium, tie off the ribbon to each of your balloons holding the inflated balloon and let the balloons hit the ceiling. You can have a variety of effects by either making your ribbon the same length for uniformity (maybe if you’re using the same photo) or have different lengths to mix it up. This special photo arrangement can be displayed at occasions such as birthdays, baby showers, weddings, engagement parties…..oh the list goes on…
3. Fun Photo Bookmarks
This is such a neat idea for a Christmas gift or stocking filler for kids or family members. They’re heaps of fun to make too if you get the kids involved.
How to make it: You can create this super fun photo bookmark by first taking a photo of the kids individually in a fun position with one or both of their arms above their heads. Print the photo and then cut around the shape of the child. Glue the photo onto a plain white sheet (then laminate if you have a laminator) and roughly cut the white sheet also in the same shape as the kid’s figure (the white sheet will create a strong base for the photo). Use a hole puncher to punch a hole through the pictured child’s hand then tie off handcrafted woolen string or a sleek satin ribbon to it.
4. Re-create Your Lampshade
This lampshade makes a perfect gift for a friend, mum, Dad or someone else special in your life. This would add a lovely, personal touch to any room and is a great talking point.
How to make it: Print the desired photos and arrange them how you want them placed on the lampshade. Once you’ve figure out the pattern you want, stick the photos to the lampshade using a hot glue gun. Carefully finish by bluing a layer of clear vellum around your lampshade and over the top of your photos. More ideas for doing this particular lampshade here.
5. Handmade Christmas Tree Photo Ornaments
Another great idea to get creative with photos is by dangling them on your Christmas tree as decoration. I mean, what could beat these ornaments? And it is super easy to create.
How to make it: Cut out a small cardboard and make sure it matches the size of the photo you’d like to hang on the tree. Carefully paste the photo over the cardboard using adhesive. Now add a small sized string/satin ribbon at the back of the cardboard to hang the photo. Let it set for a few hours and hang them on your Christmas Tree. This is also a great gesture to show relatives and friends how much they mean to you.
6. DIY Photo Puzzle
This photo puzzle always makes me gush!! This is a sweet idea for a personalised puzzle for a toddler or pre-schooler. You might choose a photo of the child’s favourite person, pet or object so it’s familiar when they try to put it together.
How to make it: Print a clear and uncluttered photo. Line up paddlepop sticks side-by-side and on a level surface (you’ll need anywhere between 10-20 sticks depending on the size of the photo you’re using). Lay a strip of glue along each of the sticks then carefully place your photo on top. Allow to dry for an hour or so. With a sharp knife or craft knife, cut between each stick. Now you’re ready for a little bit of toddler problem-solving action. Note: you might want to number each of the pieces.
So there you go, a couple of simple and creative ways of turning your photos and memories into something even more special. Photocraft doesn’t have to be difficult and the rewards are just invaluable.
What crafty things are you planning to do with your photos?
Note: these fabulous inspirations have all come from wonderful websites and blogs. You can find links within the captions of each photograph if you’d like to see the original source.
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