Picture This: 5 Easy + Creative Photo Gifts

These creative photo gifting ideas say even more than a thousand words.

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Give the perfect gift with five creative DIY ways to use your favorite photos.
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A meaningful photo can make an ultra-heartfelt gift for someone you love. However, a boring frame just doesn’t always live up to the memory in the photo itself. Luckily, these out-of-the-box photo gifting ideas will give your photos the spotlight they deserve.

Cuddly Canvas Pillow

Turn a lighthearted photo into an endearing statement by making a homemade throw pillow. This DIY is perfect for a photo of your favorite four-legged friend! To create the pillow, simply print out the photo on iron-on transfer paper, cut to size and iron onto your desired fabric. We opted for duck canvas. Once the image has transferred, double the fabric over and cut the fabric to shape. Sew almost entirely around the edges with the pattern facing inward and turn right-side out once completed. Fill with polyester fill and finish sewing for the cutest pillow you’ve ever seen.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Watch Out Lockets

Move over lockets, picture-frame watches are here. All you need to craft your very own is a thrifted watch, your favorite photo, scissors and a knife. First, use a knife to pop out the battery and guts of the watch. Next, cut your picture to size and slide it in place. Pop the battery or back of the watch back in place and that’s it!

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Perfectly Polaroid

There is something so charming and classic about a Polaroid-style photo. Now, you can capture that charm in any photo with a DIY fridge magnet. To create a frame, simply roll out some polymer clay until flat, use a small square cookie cutter to cut out the center, and use a knife to cut around the edges. Place on parchment paper and bake according to the instructions. Once baked and cooled, cut a piece of paper to size and hot glue it to the back, leaving a slot on top to slide your picture in. To finish this adorable frame, just glue a magnet to the paper and slide your favorite image in!

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Light Up the Pic

Light up your photo by creating a custom candleholder. To do so, just pick up a glass vase that will fit a large candle, print your favorite image on vellum paper and cut to size. Wrap the image around the vase using double-sided tape. Place a faux candle in the vase for the perfect touch!

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Now Serving Cute Pics

If you’re wanting a more bespoke touch for your photo, look no further than a vintage platter. We opted for an oval-shaped silver platter. To add your photo, just cut the image to fit in the center, secure with decoupage glue and once dry, seal the top with more decoupage glue. Display proudly.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

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