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Make a Tennis Ball Photo Frame in 3 Easy Steps

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Tennis, anyone?

With its magnificent rallying, split-stepping, and headbands, it may be the most photographable of sports. (Aside from full-contact checkers.)

Our pals at Papernstitch found a super-cute way to turn a plain old Penn ball into a bright yellow photo stand.

Now you can fill your priceless Agassi-autographed ball with pictures of the mulletted man himself.

Or curry favor with the ref by slipping him a neon-yellow sphere with a few tasteful yet seductive self-portraits.

We have it on good authority that this how the Queen displays all of her Wimbledon photos. Oh, Liz, you crafty creature!

Turn a Tennis Ball into a Photo Stand

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Turn a Disposable Camera in to a Reusable Flash Slave
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Become a one-person gaggle of flash-bulbing paparazzi by transforming disposable cameras into a flash slaves that obey your digital camera’s every command.

Surrounding yourself with an army of strobing minions requires a bit of tinkering, but who’s afraid of a little electrical tape and a microchip or two? “Not I!” said the brave photographer. (That’s you.)

Buying a flash is way too easy — fashioning a Frankenflash in your secret underground lair, now that takes true photographic gumption.

DIY Disposable Camera Flash Slave


   
   
Add an SLR Lens to your Cameraphone

Coaxing together some duct tape, cardboard, and a disassembled laser, lens-hacker Bhautik Joshi presided over the marriage of a big fat SLR lens and an iPhone.

Despite looking a bit like a hippo riding a skateboard, the “Phone-O-Scope” yields an attractive mix of low-fi digital grain and classy SLR-style depth of field.

Even better: it’ll work on any cameraphone.

Next up: attaching a telephone booth to a point-and-shoot.

How to Attach an SLR Lens to Your Cameraphone

p.s. Today’s Photojojo brought to you by our pals at Animoto. We loved their automatic, pro-quality animated slideshows two years ago. They’ve come a long way.


   
   
Make Your Own Snowglobe Ornaments for Chrismukkawanzaa!
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Another holiday morning after:

You come to wearing a lampshade, mistletoe strewn everywhere, lying on a four-foot-high pile of empty airplane-size liquor bottles.

You’ll never remember that party, but at least you can remember the aftermath.

Turn those baby booze bottles to bauble: fill them with photos and hang them on your tree.

Who to enshrine in your miniature snowglobe wonderland? How about:

  • The cabbie who drove you home
  • The pal who drew on you with a Sharpie
  • The co-worker who now winks at you for reasons you can’t recall
  • The saints that invented Pepto-Bismol, Alka-Seltzer and Tylenol

Who knows? Maybe next year you’ll have learned your lesson. (Yeah, right.) Read on to learn how to make ‘em. Happy Chrismukkawanzaa everybody!

Make Your Own Snowglobe Ornaments for Chrismukkawanzaa!

p.s. There’s still time to order best-selling photo goodies from the Photojojo Store. Order today with 2-Day shipping, or tomorrow by 3pm EST with Overnight shipping.

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Make Your Own Cork Photo Coasters: Corksters!

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There’s one sure-fire way to make mom throw her hands in the air and scream this holiday season… Coasters!

No, not the roller type. Super fun photo-coasters made of cork! Corksters!

They’re the perfect gift for a mom who loves nothing more than seeing your smiling face stare up at her from under a beverage AND keeping water rings off of her coffee table.

Really, your mom HATES those rings.

So make her shriek with delight this Christmas, by making her some photo-coasters… and promising to use ‘em.

How to Make Photo-Corksters

p.s. Today is the Last Day for FREE SHIPPING for CHRISTMAS for U.S.A. orders over $50 in the Photojojo Store. Everything ships Priority Mail so you’ll have your goodies in time.

(After today, you can still get your orders in time via 2-Day or Overnight.)

p.p.s. You can also WIN some Store goodies today, including the Zumi! Read the details.

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Funny Face Photo Invites: Two-Faced, In a Good Way

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Party season is upon us, so break out your dancing shoes, piñata hitting stick, and fruit-punch-proof camera case!

But take note: this season, e-vites are out, and funny face photo invites are sooo in.

Our pal Laura recently made some neat custom photo invites for her crazy photographer’s workshop slash camping trip, Phoot Camp.

The smiling faces of her invitees, on some very inviting postcards, let her guests-to-be know that tons of fun was headed their way!

Make your own funny face invites and we bet you’ll earn a coveted spot on your friend’s fridges AND great attendance.

How to Make Funny Face Photo Invites

p.s. Check out the über-creative portfolios from Phoot Camp and let us know what you’d like to learn how to do next!

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How to Make Picture-Perfect Pads of Paper
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iPhones and Crackberries are all very well, what with their apps and widgets and electronic functionality.

But there are moments in life when the prosaic pressed-pulp appeal of proper paper is preferred.

For those particular purposes, we proudly present these paper pads, complete with pictures on the cover.

Fabricate a few fetching folios with photos of your friends, or pair them with pencils to make pleasant presents!

You’ll swoon for these sleek stacks of stationery sheets, so let’s get started!

How to Make Picture-Perfect Pads of Paper

p.s. Happy Halloween week! We ate all the bite size snickers — so we filled our candy bowl with free Magnetic Photo Rope instead. Just spend over $50 bux in our lovely shop to get your treat!

p.p.s. Help us find cool new stuff for the Photojojo Store and get a $50 gift card. (More info…)

Photo credits: geoftheref, Ferdinand Reus, Michael (mx5tx), Capitan Giona

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The Dashing DIY Hand Strap
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“Butterfingers”, they called us. “Slippery Sam.” “Ol’ Johnny Drop-a-Lot.”

Fine, we said. Names can’t hurt us.

But then we dropped our 17th battered camera for the 143rd time and we knew it had to stop.

That’s why we’ve whipped up this natty lil’ hand strap for our SLR!

It’s simple to make from simple materials, plus it’s fetching as can be.

And since we love you (and your cameras), we’re teaching you how to make one too! Click on through for the full scoop.

How to Make a Dashing DIY Hand Strap

p.s. Thanks to ScanCafe for sponsoring Photojojo this week. And BIG UPs for giving all Photojojo readers a free photo restoration today only! (Up to $50-worth.)

Help us spread the word and your followers can get a free restoration, too!

p.p.s. We’re hiring a writer/editor/DIYer in San Francisco. Apply or pass it on!

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Photojojo! The Book
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Three years ago, we set out on a mission: to inspire your digital photos to be more than mere megapixels.

So we started a website, and sent out a newsletter. And then we sent out more newsletters. Then the Photojojo Shop was born (while we kept sending newsletters).

And now … WE HAVE A BOOK! You know — paper, ink, a table of contents. The whole shebang.

Complete with 192 full-color pages of our most popular photo projects (all souped up) plus tons of new ones, and some great ideas from the most talented folks we know.

It’s been a year in the works, and we can. not. wait. for you to see it.

Photojojo! The Book  Twitter It!
$21.99 at the Photojojo Shop & bookstores near you!

p.s. To celebrate our launch we’re giving away tonso stuff from the Photojojo Shop; Bottle Cap Tripods, Level Camera Cubes, Magnetic Photo Rope and ten copies of our book. All week long!

Just RT @photojojo … we’ll be picking winners until Friday.

AND we started a Photojojo Book Group on Flickr for everyone to share their first cuddly book moments.

Look! Below the jump! A sneak peek for you, darling reader: one of the projects from our super fantastic master work of literature (plus 3 more crafty tidbits). Enjoy.

Inside the Book: CD Jewel Case Mural

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Plungercam! 2 DIY Tilt-Shift Lenses You Can Make With Plumbing Hardware
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Bored with your lens? Need a creative boost? Call a plumber!

Here are 2 tilt-shift lenses that you can make with just a few bucks’ worth of plumbing hardware.

Both give you that dreamy selective focus look you love so well, but they work a little differently.

Plungercam #1 is kind of like a Lensbaby — you bend and squish the rubber housing until your image is in focus, then you fire away.

Plungercam #2 is more like a traditional tilt-shift lens — you set up your shot and focus, then lock the lens into position. This means you can get repeatable results and can make killer time-lapse photos.

Grab some plumbing gear this weekend and make yourself a plungercam. Humming the Roto-Rooter song while you work is optional.

The Amazing Plungercam, Version #1

The Amazing Plungercam, Version #2

Photo credits: Bhautik Joshi


   

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