Photo Garland Tutorial
Those of you who saw my Christmas Mantel post noticed the photo garland
I made for my mantel. As promised, here is the very easy tutorial showing how to make your own!
I think they would make adorable tree ornaments too!
I got the idea from a beautiful blog named Dear Lillie – she made a photo garland
to hang in a window. I was immediately drawn to it, and knew I wanted to make my own!
You will need some decorative photo corners, I got mine at Michaels.
Also some cardstock, close-pins, spray adhesive, and 4×3 photo’s.
I chose some close up pictures I had taken of each of my 6 grandchildren.
I sized them down to 4×3 and faded them a little bit in Picnik
which is a free online photo editing program that I highly recommend!
Then I took a cream colored piece of cardstock, and folded into even quarters.
I drew lines to mark where to cut, as I am genetically unable to cut a straight line..
Cut the paper along the lines into 4 quarters.
Next comes the part that put the fear into my husbands heart..
Me with scissors is bad enough, but me playing with fire?
Forget about it…
Hubby came running upstairs saying “is something burning???”
I had to confess to him that I assumed paper would stop burning if I blew it out..
Not so much..
I learned to put it in a folded towel to extinguish the fire.
So, I used a candle to burn the edges of all sides of the card-stock squares.
There was no pattern to the way they were shaped, each one came out different.
Next I put the adhesive backed photo corners on the pictures I had printed.
Side note – I printed these pictures on a lower print setting, which is why there are lines
through the photo’s. I decided to just keep them that way, as it kind of fit with the antiqued look.
I also just used the adhesive of the corners to hold the photo’s on the paper, I ended
up not using the spray adhesive. But for a better adherence you could certainly add that.
So – I repeated this process six times, then strung a piece of twine across the
mantel and clipped the pictures up with close-pins. And loved the results!!
It just makes me smile when I look at them! I will be reluctant to take them
down when Christmas is over, I think I will just have to find a new place for them!
So that is it! My very simple diy photo garland.
You could use any kind of pictures on it – wedding photo’s, houses you have lived in, pictures of friends-
Baby’s first year – You could even use pictures of your pets!
I know there must be some empty nesters out there that spoil their doggie as much as we do!!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
I will be linking up with Kate’s holiday crafts party, Today’s Creative Blog, and Home Stories Tips and Tutorials…
Go check them out!