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5 DIY gifts with printable templates

Jenn Kirk is a graphic designer by trade, but enjoys escaping the computer by developing hands-on DIY projects, especially the messy kind that involves her four and six-year-old boys. Recent transplants from coastal California, the Kirks...

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.

Mod photo collage

DIY gifts from the heartTurn 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 gifts from the heart

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 gifts from the heart


DIY gifts from the heart

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