Nothing brings a smile to the face of family and friends than a good photo. Unfortunately, despite my attempts to print and share the more print-worthy snapshots, I have plenty of great photos that don’t make it into a frame, on a wall or in a post on Facebook or Instagram.
However, many of these photos can be turned into handmade crafts that not only make a unique gift, but also provide a photo memento for grandparents and extended family to enjoy in their homes as functional décor. Whether you’re looking for a gift idea for an upcoming birthday, holiday gift exchange, Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day, following are some of my favorite photo projects.
Coasters are a simple, inexpensive way to add personality to a coffee table or nightstand. Add photos to the mix – a series of portraits of the grandkids, the family dog over the years, or images of dad’s car collection – and your standard coaster turns into a conversation starter for parties and events or “photos for your table” as my son, Jaiden, calls them. You can create a set that features a collection of photos or individual tiles of a larger image to create a photo mosaic when displayed on a tabletop. I made a gift set for my brother’s upcoming birthday, featuring photos of him and his 1 year-old son, Vihaan. (Shhh…it’s a surprise) So easy. All you need are a few simple supplies available at your local craft store and a home photo printer. Easy, step-by-step instructions are available at Popsugar.com.
I’m always amazed at the collection of photos, cards and other items that adorn refrigerators and magnetic whiteboards in people’s homes. These creative spaces in today’s homes can say a lot about a family’s personality, organization and outside interests. Photo magnets are a fun way to share photos with family and friends and a surefire way to make sure your pics end up on loved ones doors and walls for family to enjoy. MarthaStewart.com recently featured a how-to for creating personalized photo tins that can also service as magnets. The example featured here is courtesy of my fellow DIYer Merritt and her daughter Sadie.