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Photography Gift Ideas by Isabella Norman

13 months ago

                           Christmas

 

Christmas it’s here again. Ever since the 1st November it seems that Christmas jumpers are even more precedent in shops and that all the world is humming one of the many cheesy Christmas songs. So it’ time to get ready for the yearly routine of elbow shoves, mad sales and last minute rushing to get all the Christmas presents neatly wrapped under the Christmas tree, or is it? Why, why do we have to concede to this routine? We don’t. We don’t have to and that is why I am offering you this alternative. Here you can find a collection of unusual Christmas photo gifts for you to make at home. So no need to change out of your pyjamas, just get ready for a little bit of crafting!

The first thing that you will need for all these Christmas gifts is photos... I know a bit obvious. For these you could get some photos taken professionally, ‘Capture This Moment’ offers a great option of a mini session, which is both cheaper than a full session and more convenient. The sessions take place in the fittingly festively decorated studio, which is situated in the Forest of Dean. So hurry before all these sessions are all gone.  Once you have gathered your pictures it’s only a choice of how you will turn them into some amazing photo gifts. Below there are 3 options with instructions but if none of these take your fancy then maybe try some of these ideas: pop up photo box, family photo wall frame, glowing photo candles, photo coasters, heart photo collage and a photo clock. For even more ideas you can follow ‘Capture This Moments’ Pinterest page; where there is a whole board devoted to Christmas photo gift ideas. 

Photo jewellery 

What you will need: 

  • Diamond glue
  • E-6000 Industrial strength Adhesive
  • 1” clear circle glass piece 
  • 1” circle pendant
  • Photos printed on heavy duty paper or cardstock to desired size
  • Craft knife
  • Rubber mallet 

Method:

  1. Firstly, apply a small amount of the diamond glue on to the back of the glass circle and spread evenly over, with a toothpick or dispenser. Press the circle onto the photo, applying gentle pressure to remove bubbles. Allow to dry over night. 
  2. Next, using your craft knife cut the paper and any excess dried glue from around the glass circle. 
  3. Then place a small amount of E60000 to the inside of pendent and press the glass piece into the pendent. 
  4. Remove any extra glue or paper form around the edges of the pendent and allow to dry for 4 hours. 
  5. Lastly, place the pendant on a chain, ribbon etc. of your choice.

 

Picture magnets

What you will need:

  • Gloss mod podge 
  • Dimensional magic mod podge
  • Picture
  • Brush 
  • Lids- probably best to buy them 
  • Scissors 
  • Magnets

 

Method:

  1. Print out your pictures to the size of the lids you are using and cut them out. 
  2. Paint the lid with the gloss mod podge, if the lid has a rim only paint inside of this as this will act as a frame for the picture.
  3. Straight away place your image on top of the painted part of the lid and smooth out bubbles with your fingers.
  4. Next add another layer of gloss mod podge on top of the pictures and let it dry. 
  5. Apply a layer of dimensional magic on top of the picture and leave it to dry on a flat surface so it dries evenly.
  6. Leave to dry for 24 hours.
  7. Lastly add the magnets to the back of the lids, no adhesive should be required as the metal of the lid and the magnet should attract one another.  

 

DIY wood photo transfer ornaments

What you will need:

  • A photo printed on basic computer paper with a laser printer 
  • Branch slices about a 1/2 inch thick 
  • Medium strength gloss gel
  • Mod Podge
  • Drill
  • Red ribbon
  • Small paintbrush
  • cloth

Method

  1. Firstly, make sure the wooden discs are completely dry. This can be done by putting them in the oven for a few hours at 200 degrees. 
  2. Cut out your photo to fit the wooden disc. Coat the photo with the medium strength gloss gel and place it face-down onto the disc. Then carefully smooth out all the bubbles, and let it sit overnight. 
  3. Then after 24 hours, use a wet cloth to dampen the photo, rubbing it very gently until the paper starts to come off and the image starts to become visible on the wood underneath.
  4. Continue to do this until all the paper is gone, but be careful -- if you rub too hard, the image can come off too.
  5. Finally, once the paper has all been washed off, paint a coat of Mod Podge and let it dry completely. Then drill a hole, string it with red ribbon, and hang it on the tree!

Bonus idea: Print out your photos and use them as tags for your Christmas presents!