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DIY: How to Make a Photogram Wreath!

We spotted this fantastic Inkodye wreath project over at Design*Sponge, and we just had to share it with you guys!

If you haven’t heard of Inkodye, it’s fabric dye that’s light sensitive.

That means you can print photos onto fabric in all kinds of colors – blue, orange, red or mix them to make new colors! You can print photos onto scarves, dresses, bags, furniture, canvas, satin, even leather.

Here’s what you need:

  • Inkodye (light sensitive fabric dye)
  • A paintbrush
  • A plastic cup
  • Solid colored cotton fabric
  • Pine branches or a small wreath
  • Cardboard (the size of your fabric)
  • Thumbtacks
  • Laundry detergent

And here’s what you do!

1. Get your fabric ready

Cut your fabric to a size that will fit your wreath and pin it to your piece of cardboard in each corner. If you don’t have a wreath, you can use a few sprigs from a holiday tree to form a small wreath. You can also get creative with objects or make photo transparencies on your printer to create an image on the dye.

2. Prep your Inkodye

Shake your Inkodye bottle for 10 seconds, and then pour it into a plastic cup.

3. Paint the dye onto your fabric

In a dim place, use the brush to paint the Inkodye onto the fabric. It’s up to you what shape you want the dye to make. Just make sure it’s big enough to fit your wreath.

4. Lay down the wreath

Place the wreath onto the painted fabric while it’s still wet. Use your thumbtacks to pin down the parts of the pine branches that are sticking up. This will help you get a sharper, more detailed outline.

5. Expose it!

Take your fabric as is outside, and expose it to direct sunlight for 5 to 10 minutes. Your exposure time will depend on how strong the sunlight is, so gauge on how dark the dye is getting over time until it’s how you want it.

6. Wash it

To stop the dye from darkening more, wash it. Remove the wreath and wash the fabric with hot water and detergent two times (15 minutes by hand or in a washing machine). You can then dry it in a dryer or on a line. Fin! You have a lovely wreath photogram.

Thanks to Maxwell Tielman & Design*Sponge for this great project! See their full write-up.

5 Ways to Turn Your Photos Into Gifts

Photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3; Pictured: Instabook

Maybe it’s your mom that’s always asking for prints to hang up in the family room. Or your high school friends who want copies of all the great photos you shot at your last party.

The point? Peeps want your pix!

The best gift you could give your family and friends has been right under your nose this whole time. Here are a few ideas for giving your photos in gifty ways.

1. USBs – Tiny & Reusable

This one’s perfect if you’re sharing lots of photos. If you don’t have photos to share from a particular get together, pile together photos of the two of you. Ahhh, memories! It’ll hit ’em right in the heart.

We recommend something a step up from a plain USB drive, like the USB Film Roll or the Camera USB Drive. They’ll appreciate the thought, and they can reuse it!

2. Mailable Photos

Snail mail is the best. You totally get that rush when you find a letter with your name on it. You can give your friend 2x that rush by not only mailing them something, but making it a photo they’ll love, too.

You can always slap a stamp on a print, but to go the extra mile (it’s the holidays, afterall!), try something like Mailable Frames or Polaroid Postcards.

3. A Camera with Your Photos on It

This one gets brownie points because it’ll give them a chance to take their own photos! You can go two routes with this one: digital or film.

Since you can’t just plop any photo onto a film camera, you’ll need to get a little craftier. You can shoot a roll that spells out a message or photograph places you’ve been together.

We like the Ultra Wide & Slim 35mm camera for this because it’s affordable and super lightweight.

Digital’s a goodie, too, because you can fill up a memory card with photos of the two of you and put it in the camera for your friend to find.

These three mini digital cameras are affordable options if you’re not looking to get your friend a DSLR or a point-and-shoot: the Classic Mini Digital Camera, the Nanoblock Camera (rad for Lego lovers), and the Zumi Triple Plus.

4. Prints, Delivered in an Album or Photo Box

We love the idea of curating a small gallery of your favorite photos as a gift. Instead of simply handing them over, place your bundle of prints in a photo box or album.

The box itself doesn’t have to be exclusively for photos. You can hand pick one or break out your DIY chops. You could even place the photos inside a rad camera case.

5. Hang-Ready Prints

You can have your prints made at a local lab or through an app like PostalPix, Prinstagram, Hipstamatic’s PrintLab along with others.

If you print your own at home or have some prints made and want to frame them, go for something fun and simple like the Woodnetic Frames or the Instant Photo Picture Frames.

Photojojo’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012, Part 3!

It’s twelve drummers drumming time! That’s right, we have come to the end. Welcome to our third and final Holiday Gift Guide of 20Dozen.

We may not have swans a swimming, but we’re pretty sure you’re gonna want to gift your friends our lenses a leaping and our camera bag in a pear tree (minus the tree and the leaps).

OH, and don’t forget, we’ll getcha free priority shipping on orders over $50.

USA shipping deadlines: Tues, Dec 18 ~ (FREE) Priority; Tues, Dec 18 ~ UPS Ground
Thurs, Dec 20* ~ UPS 2-Day; Fri, Dec 21* ~ UPS Next Day

Egg Carton Film Case

Bellamy Hunt (aka Japan Camera Hunter) has designed the perfect film roll case for the 35mm enthusiast in your life.

It holds ten rolls of film snug and safe and keeps your film organized for storage and/or travel.

Egg Carton Film Case
$20 at the Photojojo Store

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Clip-On Cell Lenses

These li’l lenses slide on and off of your camera phone (or your phoneography loving friend’s phone or just about any phone on the planet) as quick as can be!

You can choose a polarizing filter, fisheye lens, or six-way kaleidoscope or go ahead and snap up all three.

Clip-On Cell Lenses
$20 at the Photojojo Store

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You Vision Video Glasses

FREE SHIPPING! You vision glasses are back! We’ve got a brand new version of one of our most popular gifts evar.

These snazzy specs have a super secret little HD camera built into the bridge that records full motion video at the push of a button.

HD You Vision Video Glasses
$149 at the Photojojo Store

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The Plaid Camera Satchel

FREE SHIPPING! This dashing bag is great for anyone who loves a day trip (and that’s pretty much everyone, right)?

It lets you lug just enough gear to document your adventures, without wearing out your shoulders. Plus, it’ll match your kilt quite nicely.

The Plaid Camera Satchel
$75 at the Photojojo Store

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Instabook + PostalPix

It’s time to get those photos off of your phone … and put ’em into this delightfully giftable album.

The Instabook comes with a certificate for 10 PostalPix! Order prints right from your phone and they’ll show up at your doorstep, ready to jump into this book.

Instabook + PostalPix
$25 at the Photojojo Store

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DSLR Wheel of Filters

It’s a fantastic plastic Holga Lens for your DSLR, with 18 filters built right in.

With just a twist of your wrist switch between fun color and prismatic effects. This lens loves your DSLR as much as you do!

DSLR Wheel of Filters
$40 at the Photojojo Store

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Awesome New Goodies in the Shop!

We’ve been filling our shop with giftable goodies all month. In case you missed ’em…

Add silly accessories to your photos with these neat-o magnets.

Disguise Magnet Set
$12 in the shop

Charge your camera phone or tablet with the power of the sun.

Bamboo Solar Charger
$35 in the shop

The Lensbaby Spark makes taking tilt-shift photos easy-peasy.

Lensbaby Spark
$80 in the shop
FREE Shipping in USA

It’s a lens! It’s a mug! It really makes a super-duper gift!

Get Into Focus Lens Mug
$15 in the shop

Keep your iPhone at the ready for every photo opportunity.

iPhone Wrist Strap
$35 in the shop

Toy meets camera. Take this lo-fi wonder anywhere for guaranteed fun.

Nanoblock Camera
$70 in the shop
FREE Shipping in USA

Photojojo’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012, Part 2!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Some would even say, it’s the hap-happiest season of all.

So, we’re packing our shop to the brim with photo goodies that are perfect for gifting, and we’re absolutely hap-happy to present them to you in Photojojo’s Gift Guide number two.

Don’t forget, free priority shipping on orders over $50!

Get Into Focus Lens Mug

Cozy up with a lens of coffee (or tea or nog).

The Get Into Focus Lens Mug is made of dishwasher safe ceramic and features fun lens details like an AF-switch and focus rings.

Get Into Focus Lens Mug
$15 at the Photojojo Store

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Photojojo Tree Bling

Deck the halls with blown glass camera ornaments! Each one has been carefully crafted and hand-painted in Poland.

Isn’t it about time your tree showed its photo-love, with an instant camera or SLR of its very own?

Photojojo Tree Bling
$25 each at the Photojojo Store

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The iPhone Cable Trigger

Perfect for the phoneography enthusiast, who still has a soft spot for film.

It’s a cable shutter release for iPhones that has an addictively clickable button. No more jabbing at that on-screen “button!”

The iPhone Cable Trigger
$23 at the Photojojo Store

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The iPhone Wrist Strap

Keep your favorite camera-phone safe and stylish at the same time.

This vegetable-dyed leather wrist strap teams up with a sleek, easy to attach metal bracket to protect your iPhone from the cruel combo of gravity + ground.

The iPhone Wrist Strap
$35 at the Photojojo Store

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Nanoblock Camera

FREE SHIPPING! The building blocks of photography are light, focus, composition and Nanoblocks!

This digital toy camera is pocket-sized, customizable, and takes vibrant lo-fi photos. Super for anyone who enjoys fun.

Nanoblock Camera
$70 at the Photojojo Store

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Got an iPhonographer on your gift list?
These iPhone 5 compatible gifts are perfect for pals who love photoing with their phone.

This telephoto lens will get you 12x closer zoom on your phone!

iPhone Telephoto Lens
$35 in the shop

A lazer engraved case that looks just like a vintage camera.

Wood Camera iPhone Case
$42 in the shop

Turn your iPhone into a hand-held video rig for making movie magic.

The iPhone Video Rig
$130 in the shop
FREE Shipping in USA

This little lens bag hangs out with your phone to hold your littlest accessories.

The Cell Lens Pouch
$15 in the shop

Pro-quality glass lenses that work on any phone (even non-iPhones, too).

Photojojo Cell Lens Series
from $20 in the shop

A nine-in-one lens set with colorful, playful effects for your iPhone pics.

The Holga iPhone Lens
$30 in the shop

The Great WebShop BrainSwap, Part 2

We’ve been asking our favorite shops on the web to let us know what they fancy most in our shop.

These folks know just what make the very best gifts. So, we picked their brains and are happy to present: what the crews from Modcloth and Polyvore like most.


Ashley McGregor Dey, Modcloth

Meet ModCloth’s Social Media Specialist and Present Picker Extraordinaire:

Ashley McGregor Dey

Fun facts about Ashley – She has a Batman tattoo and a pretty intense My Little Pony collection.


A keychain tripod! What’s not to love about it?
Tiltpod Mobile
$15 at the Photojojo Store

Helps get that perfect outfit photo!
iPhone Shutter Remote
$40 at the Photojojo Store

Cameras and Cookies. Two of my favorite things.
The Camera Cookie Cutter Set
$18 at the Photojojo Store

Adorable accessories!
Lens Bracelets
$15-25 at the Photojojo Store

Always need some extra juice.
Bamboo Solar Charger
$35 at the Photojojo Store

About ModCloth is an e-retailer that sells retro, indie, and vintage clothing styles. We’ve attracted a large, devoted following through our unique selection of indie clothing and engaging promotions and content on the ModCloth Blog and social networks.


Emily Craig, Polyvore

Meet Polyvore’s Graphic Designer and Arbiter of Good Taste:

Emily Craig

Fun facts about Emily – Emily was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. She has all of her fingers and toes.


I just love how this can be used as a stand/tripod AND charges your phone. It’s the perfect conversational gadget piece that’ll have people asking, “what is that?”
Une Bobine
$30 at the Photojojo Store

As a kid, I played with Sunprints and still find myself making them as an adult (I even have a few of my faves up at my desk). I love this kit because it makes photography accessible to all ages and levels of experience!
DIY Pinhole Camera and Sunprint Kit
$25 at the Photojojo Store

I was first introduced to Souldier through their hand-made guitar straps and have become a huge fan of their recycled camera straps. They come in a range of delicious vintage colors and have a real sturdy feel (they are recycled from seat belts, after all).
Seat Belt Camera Straps
$20 at the Photojojo Store

Cameras! Letterpress! Oh my! I just adore this super-sweet vintage camera print from Sycamore Street Press. It’s a simple black and silver print that just tickles the design-nerd camera-lover in me.
Click Click Camera Print
$35 at the Photojojo Store

You’ve got photos of your friends but who doesn’t enjoy adding a little silliness to the situation… or everyday objects.
Disguise Magnet Set
$12 at the Photojojo Store

About Polyvore

Polyvore is a shoppable magazine where millions of members shop, create fashion collages and then share them with the world.

Photojojo’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012, Part 1!

When the turkey is roasted and thanks is given, take up your fork and remember… this is the perfect chance to suss out what Aunt Margie wants for Christmas!

If your dinner table detectiving doesn’t yield results, we’re here to help.

We are so very proud to present Photojojo’s Gift Guide Number One. It’s the number one gift guide for items that are sure to delight.


The Cell Lens Pouch

This pouch is perfect for that pal who always has their camera phone at-the-ready.

The Cell Lens Pouch is here to ensure their favorite cell phone lens is just as prepared. It attaches to any phone’s audio jack to keep the tiniest of photoccessories safe, snug and close by.

The Cell Lens Pouch
$15 at the Photojojo Store

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Disguise Magnet Set

No one on earth can not chuckle at the sight of grandma in a mustache!

The Disguise Magnet Set is here to let you add instant giggles to your snap shots. Use them to display your photos on your fridge and to accessorize your pals to your liking.

Disguise Magnet Set
$12 at the Photojojo Store

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      The Bikepod

What do you get the guy whose love of photography is second only to his love for his bike? A Bikepod, of course!

The Bikepod is carefully crafted to snuggly hug your handlebars and take your camera, or camera phone, on the ride of its life.

The Bikepod
$25 at the Photojojo Store

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Bamboo Solar Charger

Everyone can use a little more power. Battery power that is.

The Bamboo Solar Charger converts sunlight to battery power and will charge any and every camera phone. Now, you can keep your camera phone fully juiced for non-stop picture taking power.

Bamboo Solar Charger
$35 at the Photojojo Store

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The Lensbaby Spark

Most fun tilt-shift lens, ever! Use your fingers to push, pull, and literally tilt the Lensbaby Spark for selective focus fun.

Add dazzling depth of field, motion blur and tilt-shift effects simply and affordably! It’s a unique (and did we mention fun?) addition to any growing lens collection.

The Lensbaby Spark
$80 at the Photojojo Store

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The Great WebShop BrainSwap, Part 1

We’re teaming up with some of our very favorite shops on the web to help you, faithful readers, with your holiday shopping!

These folks have very good taste. So, we decided to take advantage of their expertise and asked them to pick out their faves from the Photojojo shop to share with you.

We’d have chosen ourselves, but that’d be like choosing your favorite from among your very own kids. That is to say… totally illegal. (right?)

Now, scroll-along to see what the crews from Threadless and Poketo like most.


Christian Picciolini, Threadless

Meet Threadless’ Community Partnerships Manager and Present Picker Extraordinaire:

Christian Picciolini

Fun facts about Christian – He’s been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards and was a Producer for the Smashing Pumpkins ‘Gish’ and ‘Siamese Dreams’ reissue DVD box sets.


I love instant Polaroid cameras. Taking a photo without adding a filter and seeing it published right in front of your eyes is raw and magical.
Polaroid Z340 Instant Camera
$249 at the Photojojo Store

Who wouldn’t love a watch that has a face that looks like an f-stop? Seriously.
The F-Stop Watch
$35 at the Photojojo Store

Want to have some fun with long exposures and not get arrested for graffiti? This is how you do it. Have a good time and don’t inhale.
Light Paint Can
$39 at the Photojojo Store

This twisty and bendy tripod is awesome when you want to take really amazing photos on the go from really gnarly angles.
The Gorillapod
$19+ at the Photojojo Store

There is so much cool stuff that you should share with your loved ones. A Photojojo gift card makes for friend-makin’ fun.
Photojojo Gift Cards
$10+ at the Photojojo Store

About Threadless

Threadless is an online community of artists and friends. As the company explores new opportunities and canvases for its artists, it keeps true to the core of its business; anyone from any corner of the Internet can make and pick what Threadless sells. Since 2000, thousands of artists have submitted their work. And every single week, Threadless transforms their weird, geeky, and beautiful ideas into tangible art. Join their community of 2 million – make, pick, play, and shop at


Lehua Faulkner, Pocketo

Meet Poketo’s Graphic Designer and Photographer and Arbiter of Good Taste:

Lehua Faulkner

Fun facts about Lehua – She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their pup named Maps. She loves living in a city with so much life and enjoys capturing her surroundings on a regular basis. She loves good food, music, and art and tries to surround herself with the things and people that make life a beautiful journey.


I’ve been on the lookout for a simple, but charming, camera strap. The Toyko Dreamer Strap fits the bill nicely with its clean and delightful design.
The Tokyo Dreamer Strap
$20 at the Photojojo Store

Saving photo opportunities from dead battery hell. What’s not to love? I tend to find myself in a pickle quite often when I see the red bar on my iPhone appear (and drain rapidly) as I continue to ignore its nagging warning. Now I truly can ignore this warning and capture away.
Keychain iPhone Charger
$34.95 at the Photojojo Store

My love for photos is only rivaled by animals, so the combination of the two together = perfection! I love its quirky appeal and am appreciative of the extra company while editing into the wee hours of the night.
Animag Photo Stand
$9 at the Photojojo Store

Most genius ideas are simple at heart and this is one of them. One of my biggest pet peeves is that I always have a tendency to tilt my photos by an angle or two. Au revoir, crooked photos!
The Level Camera Cube
$15 at the Photojojo Store

I’m from Hawaii so naturally I have a love for the ocean. I love taking photos with my iPhone and this would be the perfect accessory for my next trip home!
iPhone Scuba Suit
$60 at the Photojojo Store

About Poketo

Poketo is an online destination and brick and mortar shop for design-driven wares that take art off the gallery walls and into people’s lives. We host art shows and workshops in hopes of bringing the community together and continue to work with artists around the world.

Rain or Shine it’s Photo Taking Time

Check it out

The weather may have decidedly taken a turn for the grey, but our new Digital Time-Lapse Camera doesn’t mind. It wears a weather resistent jacket that lets it shoot time-lapse videos no matter the atmospheric conditions.

It’s true, the temperature might drop, but your camera sure won’t. The Three Way Camera Strap offers three camera slingin’ styles from one super-sturdy strap.

Click through to check them out in the Photojojo Shop (just don’t forget to bring your umbrella).

The Digital Time-Lapse Camera Tweet It!
$180 at the Photojojo Shop

The Three Way Camera Strap Tweet It!
$40 at the Photojojo Shop

The Digital Holga Lens

Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3

“Abracadabra” and “shazam” are decent magic words and all, but we think “Photojojo” works just as well. Why, you ask?

Because we’ve figured out how to transmogrify your DSLR into a Holga, instantly!

We didn’t even have to make deals with dark powers: we just used the Digital Holga Lens.

Mount this plastic lens right onto your camera body and start snapping away! Your photos will have that vignetted lo-fi charm for which Holgas are so well known. (Pssst: if your DSLR shoots video too, you’ve got a Holga home movie machine on your hands).

Go ahead, make some magic without having to lift a wand.

The Digital Holga Lens
$30 at the Photojojo Store

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Will These 5 Robot Photographers Replace Human Photogs as We Know It?

photoBot photo by Claudine Quinn

No, they won’t.

But they’ll take over when you want to take a break from shooting at a party or want to document your day without having to stop what you’re doing!

Meet the anthropomorphic party cameras:

  • photoBot is a ‘bot that uses an ultrasonic ranger to detect where people are in a room. Like an adorable T2, he detects people to shoot and shoots them.
  • NAO is a humanoid robot that can shoot based off the rule of thirds and the golden ratio. It actually learned what makes a good photo based on these two photography principles.

These robo-photographers are meant to be worn, so they’ll document your day from your perspective:

  • The Autographer has 5 sensors that use a super smart algorithm that decides when it’s just the right moment to take a photo.
  • The Memoto comes with no buttons because it simply shoots a photo every 30 seconds. Similar to the Autographer, you clip it on and have your day documented!

Other robo-cameras of note are Sony’s Party-Shot camera that sits on a base and takes photos of your party for you and the Instaprint, a little box that prints out Instagram photos based on hashtags.

It’ll be a while before humans are completely replaced with robots, but we wouldn’t mind handing over the duties when our hands are full. How about you?

photoBot, the Anthropomorphic Camera [via It’s Nice That]

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