Digital photos are cool, but that doesn't mean every photo should be digital. Getting creative with printed photos is a great family activity that isn't just hands-on fun, but also makes lasting keepsakes you can hold in your hands to smile, laugh and say, "Oh my goodness, look how young we look!"
Printed photos aren't at risk of failing like a hard drive, and you're not likely to lose them when you upgrade your smartphone. So today, we're celebrating printed photos with some DIY photo project inspiration! If you've got the right photo printer at home, you can quickly snap important memories, print pro-quality images and use any of our below ideas to make albums, displays and gifts.
The classic family album
The easiest way to make a family photo album is to purchase a blank album from your local stationery or photography store. But if you want to feel creative, make your own by...
The perfect wedding album
If you want to make your own DIY wedding album with printed photos, our tips for family albums work great - but here are three added twists:
The fun photo album
Photo albums don't have to be leather-bound books that sit and gather dust. They can be as fun as you are!
Buy a large piece of card and arrange your favourite photos in whatever shape you like. Hearts are popular, especially for family, but you could do a rugby ball for sports photos, or maybe a star for school photos (because your kids are little stars).
To add extra pizzazz, and perhaps some longevity too, frame the collage. Or try a different style by hanging your collage from string, instead of framing it.
You know those baby mobiles you can buy? Let's recreate those but with photos, to make a fun hanging decoration. Buy some wire - either craft, jewellery or gardening wire (any will do, so long as the gauge is thick enough that it can hold its own shape) - and bend a few pieces into a sort of coat hanger shape. Attach photos to either end of the coat hangers, then attach those to more, slightly larger coat hangers. After a few layers, this will give you your mobile shape.
Check out this video tutorial, and replace the blades with photos.
There's nothing as classic as a good framed photo. But there are more options than just wooden or aluminium frames from your local store. Here are a few fun alternatives:
Here's one you might not have thought of. Instead of creating a regular collage, find photos of different generations of your family and make a family tree! Draw or paint a tree with lots of branches on a piece of card. Now glue photos of your family to the tree at different branch levels, writing people's names next to their faces.
OK, so we've got great ideas for the next DIY craft project, but how do you get the best out of your home-printed photos? Here are some really quick tips:
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