10 DIY gift ideas for teachers

As the end of the school year draws nearer, parents and children alike are starting to think about what to give their teachers (you know, the people that have put up with little munchkins day in, day out all year!) to say thank-you. And whilst there’s plenty of gifts out there you can buy, there’s nothing quite like a hand-made DIY gift. It speaks of love, adoration and not-to-mention adds a little more personal value to a gift that also whispers humble thank-yous and sorrys to the teacher who’s put up with the bad days as well as the good.

So as the kids prepare to farewell their beloved teachers, here’s 10 incredible DIY gift ideas for teachers they can bestow upon them before they part ways for the school holidays.

 

Pencils/Crayons Vase

This vase made up of unsharpened pencils is a lovely, simple and doable idea from It All Started With Paint.

How to make it: Apply an adequate layer of super glue on the outer section of a tin can and start sticking color pencils one by one, making sure that they are stuck close to each other. Once you have covered the entire can with pencils wrap a ribbon around it until the pencils are strongly stuck to the can. The vase would be dry and ready by the next morning. This can also be used as a fancy pen holder or you can even fill the can with some candies and give it to the teacher.

Tip: You can use pencils, crayons or color pencils to create this vase.

 

Chalkboard Pot

chalk pot teacher gift

Image via: Ali Lily Blog

Found over at Ali Lily Blog this personalised flower pot will allow your child to leave whatever note his heart desires on his teacher’s gift.

How to make it: Spray paint a plain plant pot with chalkboard paint and for added effect paint the top part in yellow paint to create a ruler design. Ask your child to write their message in chalk for their teacher. The same gift can be created using an empty pot which can be filled with small gifts, chocolates or lollies…..or wine…..teachers tend to love wine……

 

DIY Pencil Frame

This pencil frame found at A Creative Princess will literally take about 10 minutes to create – handy if you’re a last-minute gift-giver.

 

How to make it: Pick an old frame or buy a plain one from a dollar store. Cover all four corners with a coat of super glue and start placing standard pencils or color pencils until the actual frame is absolutely covered with pencils. Once the frame is entirely covered, place a photo of a printed or a handwritten message or a picture of the teacher with your kid and the gift is ready. Once it’s finished print a pic from your Pringo mini smartphone printer of the class, a moment from the year, the school logo of whatever takes your fancy to attach to the frame before you hand it over.

 

Crayon Wreath

crayon wreath, teacher gift

Image via: Tip Jumkie

 

This adorable crayon wreath from Tip Junkie can be made with cute messages and the teacher’s name affixed to it and is sure to leave the teacher speechless (for all the right reasons).

How to make it: Buy a wreath template or you can create one yourself using a thick cardboard. Using adhesive, start pasting crayons along the wreath and go on until the entire form is covered. Place cute messages written on craft paper and the teachers name over the crayons.

 

Vintage Photo Board

vintage photo board

Image via: Shelterness

Found over at Shelterness, this gift is a cross between a photo frame and photo board. Once you’ve done up your photoboard, print photos from your iphone or Android device with your Pringo mini printer and affix them with old-style timber clothes pegs.

How to make it: You would require an old frame which can be as big or as small as you want. Remove the back cover of the frame so what you get is a see-through frame. Attach metal strings or ribbons horizontally leaving at least 10-15cm gap between each string. Now using clothespin, hang photos of kids from the classroom, sports days and other significant school events.

 

 Creative Monogram Frame

monogram frame

Image via: That’s Right

This creative monogram craft also requires an old frame and is sure to bring a smile to the teacher’s face.

How to make it: Use a presentable photo frame to create this gift. Use a white or any color of craft paper and cut it as per the size of the frame. Using a pencil, roughly write the teacher’s initial on the paper and once you are happy with the design start placing crayons over the letter. The crayon can be placed as simply as you wish or add other creative design such as shown in the picture where just about 5cm of crayons are used with the tip of the crayon being the focal attraction. More on this one here.

 

DIY Tote Bag

 

Transform a plain white tote bag into this creative personalised tote (found over at Yesterday On Tuesday) which can be designed by your kids too.

How to make it: Buy a plain white tote bag and using half an apple and red paint stamp apple shapes onto the bag. Paint a small, sturdy leaf green and stamp it above each of the apple stamps. Let the bag dry over night and gift it to the teacher with some confectioneries/wine inside.

 

Nail Paint with a Personalized Message

nail paint

Image via: Saving by design

 

This is a perfect last minute gift idea we found at Saving by Design and of course apt for a female teacher.

How to make it: This DIY gift requires a pretty nail paint and it only works if you attach this cute teacher quote to the nail paint. So cut craft paper in the shape you desire (heart, round, square etc) and using color pens or sharpie write the quote “Teachers like you paint bright futures.”  Attach it to the nail paint using a satin ribbon and you are done.

 

‘Thank You’ Photo Art

thank-you photo

Image via Pinterest

 

There’s no better way to say ‘Thank You’ to a teacher than this photo art found on Pinterest. This one was specifically for a football coach but the same idea can be done for school teachers.

How to make it: This DIY gift is pretty simple to be created. Though it would require two or more kids to create this artsy photo but in case you run out of kids then use substitute items such as baseball bat, basket ball, tennis racquet etc to complete the photo. Photos need to be clicked for one letter at a time. Once the photos are clicked, print them, align them on a craft paper and cut it as per the size of the frame and paste the photos on the craft paper. Insert the complete photo art in the photo frame and you are done.

Photo Pot

 

Another easy and simple gift idea using a pot with tiny gifts, books or flowers inside it found at A Diamond in the Stuff.

How to make it: Spray paint a plastic pot with black paint and using mod podge or super glue place photos printed from your Pringo smartphone printer around the pot. Apply one layer of mod podge over the photos for a finished look and add cute ribbons and bow to it.

 

If you’re not an overly creative person (or just don’t have the time/energy/inkling) to DIY a gift for your child’s teacher, there’s always wine, flowers, chocolates, wine (did I mention wine) or a Pringo mini wifi photo printer that they can use to instantly print photos from their smartphone in the classroom next year.

 

Are you planning on getting/making a gift for your child’s teacher this year?

 

photo journal ideas

Ideas for creating a cool travel journal

Creating a travel journal is an exciting and reminiscent way of capturing gorgeous memories created while on holidays. Not only is a great way of displaying photographs but it’s a way of creatively storing small significant items collected in your travels.
Bearing in mind that a travel journal is really as unique as the person putting it together. You can be a crazy, eccentric or simple as you like. As long as your journal or smash diary represents you and your precious holiday.

Get some supplies

Before you begin your travel journal, you’ll need a few supplies. A diary or notebook of some description is a helpful starter, some coloured markers,  glue, coloured tape, pieces of card, printed photos of your adventures and any other trinkets that you collected along the way.

scrapbooking supplies creating a travel journal

Ideas for supplies. Image via: therealisticmama.com 

 

Start with a photo

You don’t have to be particularly artistic or creative, you just need the sense of adventure that accompanied you on your travels. If you’re not sure where to start. Glue a photograph on a page and then write around it. It doesn’t have to be neat, in fact scribbly writing and little doodly pictures all add character.

 

It’s more than just words and pictures

Your travel journal can be more than words and photographs printed from your smartphone. Think flora, fauna, dirt, sand, leaves and anything else that captures moments and memories while you’re traveling (that won’t get you into trouble if you have to go through quarantine 🙂 ).

Think before you throw it out

Small things that you’d ordinarily throw out while travelling may have a lot of significance when you return home so think before you throw it out. Bus, ferry and train tickets usually have times and dates and even destinations on them which in years to come will be priceless memories in your smash book. Serviettes, postage stamps, newspaper clippings, a scrap of material from the leg of your favourite jeans……as I mentioned, how creative you want this is completely up to you.

 

Sometimes the messier the better

Whilst some of your scrapbook pages might be neat and pretty, they don’t all have to be. Don’t be afraid to use a couple of pages to smash together overlapping and lopsided photos, business cards, cut-outs and other things that bring together a day or place in your travels.

You don’t need to start with a journal

Okay, okay so we mentioned at the start that a journal or notebook of some description is helpful – it’s actually not overly necessary. A couple of ring binders from a decent stationary shop is another great way of pulling together photos, postcards, and other cool trinkets stuck to pieces of coloured card. This one from Saturday Morning Vintage is a simple and chic way of putting together a travel journal.

Putting together a travel journal doesn’t have to be difficult but it certainly does take a little planning and lots of reminiscing. These are such a great way of capturing and storing lasting memories of your holidays.

 

If you’re searching for a small photo printer that you can take traveling with you, the Pringo wifi photo printer is small enough to fit in your handbag or luggage and allows you to print photos from your iphone, iOS or Android device. You can even add stamps, words and borders to your photos before you print via the free Pringo app to add that extra level of coolness to your travel journal pics.

 

Got any other ideas for creating a cool travel journal?

8 Ideas for Creating Fabulous Family Photographs

Family photos are a great way of capturing moments in time. Of growing families. Of kids growing up. Historically family photos were a time of everyone having to be well groomed, wearing the same outfit, sitting a certain way whilst holding a frozen smile for endless moments while a photographer captured a stark and sterile photo.

Thankfully we’ve evolved from the days of boring, posed photos in studios and nowadays family photos range have become more creative and in a lot of cases a lot more relaxed. Whilst we’d never diminish the fabulousness of professionally taken photographs with advancements in smartphones and the quality of smartphone cameras, capturing a family photograph can be done almost anywhere, anytime, providing you’re all together. Thinking outside the square, putting people in different positions, locations, backgrounds and changing points of focus can all make a simple family photograph into something wonderful and one to be cherished for years to come.

Here’s a few creative ideas for capturing fabulous family photographs:

Use water:

Good shoes, similar coloured pants or jeans and shirts and a bridge over water creates a really nice effect for a family photo.

Say it in words:

Literally capture the ‘love’ in your family photos with this simple, fun and creative idea. Just make sure you have a consistent background and nothing distracting in the foreground so your message isn’t lost.

family photo love

image source

Four generations in one:

We think this four generation photo is particularly creative – it takes an interesting background, a photo frame,  four beautiful generations of family and a little snappy photo editing. Moose Photography has put together a tutorial for you to create this effect.

Father and son:

This is a cute way of capturing a father son duo. All you need is a super-cute outfit for little man, a Dad in a pair of jeans and a textured background. Very cool.

 

Mother and daughter:

Again such a simple but relaxed photo, this time taken from a height to capture a different angle. Note mum and daughter are wearing denim and white but the colour is broken just slightly with mum’s checked scarf.

mother and daughter photo

image via: CS Studio Blog

 

Chalkboard sign:

This is a classic and all you need is a small chalkboard and a grassy paddock (oh and the kids and a sunny day helps too). Focus on the wording in the chalkboard and the kids blurred in the background is a lovely effect. You can story board these photos by changing your focus to the kids in the background in the next shot then perhaps get the parents to bend their heads into the third photo for a bit of fun. Mix it up a bit.

Just get the legs:

These family photos from Kristen Duke Photography are very cool. These are taken from a low angle with the focus on the legs. Something a little quirky for a family photo shoot.

 

 

Or silhouette it:

Use sunset to create a very cool silhouette effect for a family photo with a difference..

family-silhouette-picture1

via Kristen Duke Photography

 

Family photos don’t have to be stagnant and boring. Grab a camera (or your smart phone) head outside, pick an interesting spot and snap away from different angles. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

What’s your favourite way of capturing family photos?

 

Print your photos straight from your smartphone with your Pringo mini wifi photo printer. Free postage and free 30 pack of media with every Pringo purchased this month. 

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My Printer door does not close properly

 My printer door is not closing properly.

If you find your printer door is not closing properly this may be the problem:

  • Open up the door and on top of the door are some small holds  that hold the door to the printer head.
  • You may find that one of the holders has unclipped.
  • This may be due to the door being opened too wide and causing the door to unclip itself from the printer head.

All you need to do is pull the door slowly back untill you have enough room for the printer head to slot back into place again.

(see pictures below)

 

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7 Simple Scrapbooking Ideas For Beginners

 

Scrapbooking is one of those timeless craft forms that so many do but many of us less-crafty-types tend to steer clear of. It’s messy. It’s time-consuming and you have to cut out teensy pieces of paper right? Wrong. Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be overly difficult and time-consuming, nor do you have to be super-creative to make something that’s appealing and book-shelf worthy. The thing is, there’s no real hard and fast rules for scrapbooking (don’t shoot me down scrap-booking pros), however there are a couple of simple tips that will make your newest scrapbooking adventure visually appealing without too much effort. So if you’re new to this whole scrapbooking deal, grab a cuppa and a pen  and paper and read on as we give you a seven simple scrapbooking ideas  that will make your creation really pop!!

 

1. Overlay Photos

Remember the old photo albums when all the photos were lined up neatly, in their little squares? Never to be moved. Well forget that now you’re a scrapbooker. In fact overlaying and uneven photos in your scrapbook is an acceptable, no expected effect – so overlap away. 

scrapbooking

image source: debbiehodge.com

2. Focal-Point Photo

Choose about 6 photos that you would like to be placed on your scrapbook page. Now out of those 6, choose a primary/main photo and print it in a large size (8×8 square). The remaining 5 photos should all be printed in a smaller size (4×4 square). Now use the big picture as your focal-point photo and the remaining should be place in a vertical or horizontal line at the corner of the page. This is a great way of emphasising a moment or a relationship or removing emphasis from the other photos of Aunty Iris that you feel obliged to include.  

scrapbooking

Image source: fionacarter.typepad

3. Grid Line Photos

Clutter isn’t cool in a scrapbook. Keep your pages clear, uncluttered and use the space between them effectively. For a grid line photo effect print 12 photos (or more or less depending on the size of your scrapbook) of the same size and layout. Divide your page roughly into three equal parts horizontally then place the photos roughly along a horizontal  line slightly overlaying from the corners. Do that across the three sections of your page. Maintain a fairly even gap between the 3 horizontal lines (if your page is too small, only use two lines of photos). There’s no need to be perfectly straight when you overlay the photos – in fact it’s a much nicer effect if the photographs alternate between a little higher and a little lower of the gridline. Again – get away from the ancient photo album mind-set. 

scrapbooking

Image source: scrapbookingbyani.com

4. Prep the Background

If you’ve got a bit of gift wrap lying around – great – use it or any patterned paper as background on special pages and then place photos over the top. The bright colors and pattern will brighten up the page giving it a noteworthy look. You can also outline the photos with lace or ribbons to make it stand out. Use patterns or textures that reflect the mood of the moment captured in the photograph. 

scrapbooking

image source: vintageimagecraft.com

5. Mix and Match

Draw a horizontal or vertical grid making 6 or more boxes. Fill 3 of those boxes with photos and in the remaining 3 boxed, add notes using colored markers or paste patterned paper. This is great for people who don’t like flooding a single page with a lot of photos. This will balance the page, is easy on the eye and tells your story. Naaw, doesn’t that make you feel all warm and gushy?

 

scrapbooking

image source: paperclipping.com

 

6. Strip your photos

This is a simple effect where you take one photo and cut it into equal sized strips. You can past them to the page separately and parralel or you can overlay them depending on the effect you want. Yeah, another simple trick.

scrapbooking strip photos

image source: scrapbookmax.com

7. Use your colours 

An extension of stripping your photos, print your selected photo in both black and white and colour. Cut both photos into equal sized strips. Lay the black and white parts of your photo evenly on the page then place one strip of coloured photo offset on the page (see below). Such a nice effect to highlight the parts you want. Plus this effect makes you look extra creative.

colour and black and white scrapbooking

Image source: acdigitals.com

 

So you see, you don’t have to cut teensy, tiny pieces of paper to create a cool scrapbooking project. Quite often it’s about thinking outside the conventional photo-albumy type ideas and adding a few twists here and there.

Do you scrapbook? What project are you working on at the moment?

If you’re looking for a printer to print the PERFECT sized photos for your next scrapbooking project, I’m thinking you might want to check out the Pringo wifi photo printer. It’s small. It’s cute. It prints straight from your smartphone. And it’s awesome!!

pringo mini wifi photo printer

 

5 DIY photo gift ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and you’re hoping to get the Dad in your life something other than undies and socks this year. Great, why not get him (or rather make him) something that comes from the heart. Something that really captures a moment and sings of adoration. Nothing quite does that better than a photo gift. A photo gift can be as simple or complex as you like but most importantly, a photo gift is unique and personal. Here’s a couple of photo gift ideas for Dad for Father’s day.  

1. Wooden Block Photo Gift

This is a simple, inexpensive and creative idea your Dad will love.

 

You’ll need:

–       Timber blocks the same size (or a tiny bit smaller) than the photos you’ll be printing (you’ll be able to get them cut from any hardware store. If you’re using the Pringo mini photo printer you’ll need the front face of your blocks to be 54mm x 86mm or smaller

–       Black acrylic paint

–       Selected photographs of you and your Dad or memories your Dad is fond of (Fine sandpaper (if required)

 

How to make them:

 

–       Sand the edges of each of your wooden blocks slightly to ensure there are no rough bits

–       Print selected photos

Note if you use your Pringo mini photo printer to print your photos, pop a black border around the photo with the Pringo App before printing so the edges of the photo blend into the block and make it more seamless.

–       If your photo is a little larger than the block, cut the photo to match the face of the block and round off the corners of your photo (this will help it blend)

–       Using adhesive stick the photo to the block and allow it to dry

–       Paint the block all the way around including over the edges of the photo to ensure lines aren’t visible. Allow to dry

–       Apply a coat of mod podge, let it dry and you are done.

 

2. Photo Card

This could be one the simplest of gifts but handmade cards and photo cards are absolute classics

 

What you’ll need:

–       Thick textured card stock (from any craft store or news agency)

–       Craft glue

–       One many photos for the card.

 

Here’s How You Can Make It:

–       Cut your card stock to the shape and size required (larger than the photo you’re using)

–       Using craft glue, paste the photo over the card and let it dry for a couple of hours. Add notes inside the card and don’t forget to add patterns and designs using colored markers.

 

Note: If you’re printing using the Pringo photo printer, don’t forget to add your message to the photo with the Pringo App before you hit print.

 

 

3. I Love You Photo

 

Nothing says ‘I love You Dad’ better than a photo of his kids telling him they love him!

 

You’ll need

–       Vertical or horizontal photo frame with 3 equal sized frames (more photo frames if there’s more kids)

–       Printed photos of you (or the kids) holding a message for Dad.

 

 

How You Can Make It:

Print your photos, add them to the photo frame in order and voila – love in a photo frame for Dad!

 

 

4. Photos in a Box

This idea will give you a chance to gift your father all the photos that are dear to you and him. Think of special moments with your dad. Perhaps a photos of you with your dad on your first birthday, or your first day of school with him, his birthday etc.

You’ll need:

–       12 or more photos the same size

–       A small decorated box just larger than your photos

–       Small photo stand

 

How You Can Make It:

 

–       Print photos with a personal message on each of them for Dad

–       Pop the photos in the box, pop the photo stand on top with one photo already in it .

With the photo stand your Dad can keep changing the photos every week or as often as he likes. Simple but charming.

 

 

5. Letter Photo Gift

A person’s name to him or her is the most precious thing and when we see remotely anything related to our name or even the initial letter we get excited. Fathers feel this way too. So by gifting him a humongous initial of his name with memorable photos on it will definitely get him sparked up. You can either do the first letter of your Dad’s name, the word ‘Dad’ or any other letter that’s significant.

 

photo letter

Source: listotic.com

You’ll need

–       The letter you’re planning to use – you can purchase these in timber or cardboard from craft and some hardware stores.

–       12 or more photos of cherished Dad-type memories (the number of photos will depend on how big your letter is)

–       Sharp craft knife

–       Black or white acrylic paint

–       Modge podge

 

How To Make It:

–       Paint the letter with the acrylic paint and allow to dry

–       Print your photos (black and white will look really nice and uniform)

–       Cover the entire face of letter with craft glue and affix photos where you want them. Some parts will overhang, that’s okay as long as the part of the photo you want displayed is attached to the letter.

–       Once you’re happy with the design, allow to dry.

–       Once dry lay the letter face down and using the craft knife, carefully cut off overhanging parts of the photos.

–       Apply one light coat of mod podge and let it dry overnight.

 

As a general rule Dad’s are pretty easy-to-please when it comes to Father’s day. A new pair of undies, a new tie, ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ mug – any of which he’ll be happy with right?  But why not surprise him a little this year with something different. Something that really tells him how much you love him.

 

What do you have organised for Father’s day?

 

If you haven’t already, Dad might also have a Pringo mini photo printer on his Father’s Day wish list this year so he can print high quality photos direct from his iPhone or Android device. 

Last Chance to Win a Pringo Mini Photo Printer for Father’s Day!!

Daddy love

So we’re officially looking down the barrel of Father’s Day in Australia. Dads nation-wide are preparing to receive their jocks and socks and ties and BBQ tools. And let’s face it, the blokes in our lives tend to like that kind of stuff don’t they?

But why not think outside the square a little this year. Think about something a little different, a little creative, something VERY cool that Dad will love to use. Of course I’m talking about getting him a Pringo Mini wifi photo printer. Dads can print and share photos of the kids, the wife, the dog, his mates, his last fishing trip, his footy team, his latest meat-laden culinary success or he can even take it to work and use it on the job or in the office for worky-blokey-type stuff.

With his Pringo mini photo printer, Dads can print photos directly from his iOS or Android device  while he’s out and about and the best part – he can connect his photo to this tiny printer over the wifi network, no annoying cords to plug in.

But most importantly, if the Dad in your life had a Pringo mini photo printer, you’d be able to use it too :-).

So, here’s your last chance to win a Pringo mini wifi photo printer for Father’s Day (valued at $149). You’ve only got a few days to get your entries in (and you can enter once a day every day).

Oh and if you share this promotion, be sure to add the hashtag #PringoDads so we can hunt you down and thank you!!

win a pringo for Father's day

(If you’re on a mobile device, click the photo above to enter)

Promotion closes 9pm AEST Tuesday 2nd September 2014

This promotion has now ended

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Picking a winner for this comp was really hard there were some lovely answers!! But…. there can only be one winner.

And the winner is…..

Gail Greenwood

with the following answer:

Hubby and son enjoy volunteering, to be photographers at the weekly Park Run, and the runners love seeing their photos, on Facebook after they’re done. An online pic though is just not the same, as having an actual photo in your hand, the joy of printed photos has been lost, in the age of everything on demand. A Pringo printer would be awesome,  to share their achievement there and then, an instant gratification for the torture endured, and motivation to get back out there again! 

So true Gail, thanks for your entry and congratulations!!

You still have time to buy Dad a Pringo from our website for $149

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Win a Pringo Mini Photo Printer for Father’s Day (#2)

With less than 3 weeks until Father’s Day it’s time to start thinking about what presents to get the Dad in your life. Because we know how much you love the Pringo Mini Photo Printer and we know you’d just love another chance to win Dad one for Father’s day we’re running another Father’s day giveaway.

 

Things Dad can do with his Pringo Mini Photo printer:

 

  • Print family photos to put in his wallet, on his desk, in the car….or just about anywhere.
  • Print real or funny business cards
  • Print photos for insurance
  • Print photos of his latest fishing,  camping, boating, golfing, sporting trip

The list goes on…….

Win Dad a Pringo Mini Photo Printer for Father’s Day (promise we’ll send you a white one not a pink one …..unless he want’s a pink one 🙂 )

 

Competition closes 9pm AEST Monday 25th August

This promotion has now closed!! Thanks to all of the wonderful entries!!

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AND THE WINNER IS:

Jodie Buhagiar with her entry: 

My husband and 4 sons. Taken when they headed to the river for a fishing trip. All smiles and so much fun. Capturing that memory again would be awesome.

Congratulations Jodie!!!


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Photocraft: 6 things to create with your photographs

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.

Photo craft gift wrap

Image from: babyology.com.au

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. 

bottle top photo magnets

Image and inspiration from: craftandcreativity.com

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…

Photo balloon holder

Image from: weddingchicks.com

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. 

photo book marks

photo bookmarks

Love these ones in particular from: Thejoysofboys.com

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

photo lampshade

Inspiration from: ashleyannephotography.com

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. 

handmade christmas photo ornaments

Inspiration from: willscasa.com

 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.

photo puzzle

This particular photo puzzle from danyabanya always makes me gush 🙂

 

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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pringo wifi photo printer

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