From baby pictures to vacation pictures, images of family and friends are treasures that are kept for a lifetime. They make great gifts and add cheer and warmth to our homes, so don't keep them stuffed in a shoebox or stuck on a hard drive! Here are some fun things you can do to enjoy your pictures for years to come.
Here are four fun ways to display your favorite photos!
Make a picture ribbon
Display photos on a 1" to 2" wide ribbon using self-adhesive Velcro circles or squares
- Select desired photos and trim if necessary.
- Select ribbon and cut to desired length.
- Place self-adhesive Velcro on the back of the photos.
- Arrange photos on ribbon and be sure to press Velcro firmly in place.
- If desired, decorate open spaces of ribbon with beads, buttons, glitter, etc.
- Tie a bow at the top of the ribbon.
Make 'em magnetic
Refrigerator photo magnets
- Select photo and cut out to the desired size. You might want to make a copy of the photo to use in place of the original photo.
- Using photo-safe glue, attach the photo to a piece of medium- to heavy-weight cardboard.
- Cut the cardboard to the same size as photo. You can use regular or decorative edged craft scissors. This is the step where you can get really creative! Instead of cutting the cardboard the same size as the photo, leave a border around the photo and decorate with beads, miniature flowers, etc.
- Using craft glue, attach a magnet to the back of the cardboard and press firmly in place. Allow glue to dry completely.
Craft a collage
Create a photo collage
- Purchase a frame and a mat or poster board that will fit inside the frame.
- Select photos to be used and arrange (overlapping) on the mat or poster board.
- Using decorative edged craft scissors, trim around photos in fun designs and shapes, such as hearts or circles.
- Using photo-safe glue, attach photos to mat or poster board in the desired arrangement.
- Allow glue to dry and place finished collage inside the frame.
Be stand-up citizens
Make your own photo standups
- Select photo and resize in a graphics program and print (or enlarge on a color copier) until the person or image is at least 5 inches tall.
- Using a glue stick or craft glue, attached the copied image to a piece of heavy card stock or foamboard.
- Carefully cut out around image.
- To display the photo standup -- use fun picture clips, attach a magnet to the back, or purchase (from a craft store) a precut, slotted strip of wood or plastic to hold photos upright. You can also make a stand from the heavy card stock or foamboard.
- These photo standups are also great for decorating packages or using as centerpieces for party decorations.
As you can see, these four inexpensive ways to display your favorite photos can be a lot of fun to create. You can even get your kids involved and make some unique gifts to give to your family and friends!
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