DIY Gifts From The Heart

While jewelry and gift cards to favorite stores can be exciting, some of the most memorable gifts I have been given are of the handmade variety.

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Mod photo collage

Mod photo collageTurn some of your favorite photographs into a piece of art.

For this DIY gift you will need:

  • 15 favorite images
  • 8.5 by 11-inch sheet of photo paper
  • Photo editing software such as Photoshop or online editor Pixlr
  • Craft knife
  • Picture frame that fits an 8 by 10-inch photo
  • Photoshop file


Step 1: Open up file collage-grid.psd
in Photoshop or Pixlr.

Step 2: Open up the images you want to place in collage. Drag and drop each image into the collage, making sure your images are below the collage layer.

DIY craft tutorial: mod photo collage step 2

Step 3: Working on one photo at a time, scale down the image to fit within the little frames of the collage. In Photoshop, this is done by selecting Edit > Transform > Scale from the menu, or Cmd + T. Once scaled, use the Marquee tool (located in the toolbar, or hit "M" on the keyboard) to select and delete any extraneous image areas.

DIY craft tutorial: mod photo collage step 3


Finished DIY craft: mod photo collage

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Comments on "5 DIY gifts with printable templates"

Susan July 31, 2013 | 9:53 AM

I am going to try clay that hardens, or maybe styrofoam. I am too clumsy to use a saw. lol ooooooooooooh, what about using the clay that hardens and making different shapes, as log as they stand up, make the slice, then bake, then paint.

Barbara July 12, 2012 | 9:15 PM

These would be great for teachers to have their classrooms to do for parents gifts. Kids love to paint and are so proud of their own creations. The cutting and sanding could be done ahead of time. Teachers are very busy so they could enlist help from their own family members!!

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