Photocrafting a Wall Hanging

I decided I wanted to use some of our vacation photos on the walls in our bedroom (a practice my husband says makes us look like “old folks” but photocrafting won out.) A favorite part of any trip for us is getting to see the sun set over a body of water so that was an obvious choice. Wanting something larger than a canvas (and yes, we have those too), I found Custom Wall Tapestries. It’s definitely a delight for photocrafters. I could not have been happier; the result was marvelous. I love seeing it every day!


Father’s Day

What a great Father’s Day greeting from Megan at Brassy Apple.

I love having an excuse to do some photocrafting and  Father’s Day is a perfect occasion.  Shell says it’s often hard to find something for a guy, especially something with photos but we have a few ideas for you.


Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

What could be more special than sending your mother a personalized photo vase filled with colorful roses? That’s our photocrafting project for today! Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your mother or a mother figure in your life with a special and personal photocrafting gift.

So how did Mother’s Day begin? The Greeks paid annual homage to Cybele, the mother figure of their gods, and the Romans dedicated an annual spring festival to the mother of their gods. In 16th century England a celebration called “Mothering Sunday” was inaugurated—a Sunday set aside for visiting one’s mother. In 1914 in the U.S., President Woodrow Wilson designated the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated in several countries around the world at different points during the year and according to varying cultural traditions.

We’ve posted about several ideas already that would make special photocrafting Mother’s Day gifts: a fun mug, a cozy throw, a cute tote bag. A few weeks ago, I ran across and thought it would make an exceptionally unique gift. How special is a bouquet of flowers in a personal photo vase!


A Last Minute Photo Gift

A Last Minute Photo Gift

Okay it’s mid-December and you don’t have all your gifts yet. Or maybe you’re ahead of the game and are planning a fun party with friends before the holidays. Or your child is bored with all the shopping and cooking and wants something they can do.

You want a photo that has a focal point
appropriate for fitting into the frame.

How about a photo ornament? You’ll need a printed picture that has an area about 1.5″ by 2″ that you want to display. Head to your nearest crafts store and pick up some DIY unfinished wooden photo ornaments and decorating supplies. Joann has lots of wooden frame options and they are probably on sale now. (You can also order them from Oriental Trading but that will take a few days at least.) Be sure to buy some glue, decorations, and paints as well.

Start with the wooden ornament and add to it however you wish. Insert your picture and you have just finished a photo ornament gift! (It’s even small enough to mail easily.)

Here’s an example: Start with a wooden star, some paint (and paint brush), glitter, and glue.

You do need to make sure that you have a frame and picture that will fit together well. The frame cut-outs vary from around 1.5″ x 1.5″ to as large as 2″x3″.

The earlier example used paint and glitter but there are plenty of other decorating supplies. Try sequins, buttons, beads, or pom poms. (Tip: If you’re using anything other than sequins and glitter, use hot glue.)

Make photo ornaments for your own decorations or to give as gifts. Involve your children and let them decorate the frames as they wish. No children? How about an adult party? Suggest each guest bring a picture of their choice — maybe even a theme? Say a picture of their favorite flowers or favorite animal. Spread out lots of decorating supplies and blank wooden ornaments. Be sure to give a prize for the best ornament!

Better yet, take pictures at the party! There are many instant film cameras now (e.g. polaroid cameras) or you can have a portable photo printer for your smartphone. How about making pictures on the spot at an ugly sweater party (or any kids’ party?) Let guests decorate the frames and put their pictures from the party in them. Makes a fun party favor!

A Photo Blanket

Ready to make a gift or something special for yourself? How about a blanket with your favorite photo on it? So easy, so fun!

I found a great deal on Groupon for a photo blanket. As you know, that’s beyond tempting for a photocrafter! The offer was from PrinterPix for 30″x40″ polar fleece blankets. All I had to do was find a couple photos I liked and the rest is history (as they say?)

There are different blanket choices: polar fleece, sherpa, mink, etc. I chose polar fleece above and later sherpa for another throw. I like the soft blues of the ocean blanket but feel that the image shows better with more contrast as in the forest blanket. Both of these are polar fleece. Do note that you will likely see coloring changes between the actual photo and the blanket. This is probably due to the fabric texture as well as the various transfer processes that take place.

An image of an original photo that I chose to make into a blanket throw.
The original Yosemite photo

After a trip to Yosemite with friends, I thought a good ‘thank you’ would be a blanket throw of one of our photos from the trip. I chose the one from Upper Falls. This time I used Shutterfly and ordered a 50″x60″ Sherpa Photo Blanket, hoping it would be a warm and comfy throw on their couch. Our friends are happy with the gift!

Similar to the one-photo greeting cards, you only need to pick a photo, upload it to the site, make any scaling or other small edits, and order.

Find the option for a “custom” or “your design”, then “personalize”

Is a single photo transferred to a blanket the end of the story? Not at all. A good friend and outstanding wood carver makes a new Christmas tree ornament each year. I wanted to honor those she’s given me so I photographed each one. I simply laid each ornament on a dark blue sheet of paper and took a picture. I then used Photoshop Elements to draw around each ornament and delete the background. (Note that you can avoid using PhotoShop by sticking with the background color on the photo.)

After I had the digital image cut-outs of the ornaments, I uploaded them to PrinterPix and laid them out on a grid. My friend was thrilled with the resulting blanket.

Have fun using your imagination. A photo blanket makes a wonderful gift or a great memory for yourself!