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DIY: Keep Your Turkey Company with Beautiful Photo Place Holders


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The Holidays are quickly approaching, and it’s time to get crafty.

So what are you bringing to the table?

It may be all about the turkey, dressing and casseroles, but these handmade table place holders are sweeter than pumpkin pie.

This DIY tutorial incorporates some of our favorite things: photos (duh!), tiny pumpkins (yay!) and Thanksgiving (yum!).

They’ll make your dinner table look *awesome*, and they’ll show your loved ones how much they mean to you.

Now isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?

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DIY: How to Make Photo Lollipops


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Aaah Fall, how we’ve missed you!

The cooler air, colorful leaves, and pumpkin-spiced latte photos?

Yup! That’s right.

This tutorial will show you how to turn your photographs into tasty candied treats in any flavor you like for Halloween or for general eating pleasure.

In under an hour, your images will taste as good as they look.

Now isn’t that sweet?!

How to Make Photo Lollipops

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Make a DIY Sparkling Reflector


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The reflector is one of our favorite tools; simple, easy to use, and *shiny*.

This DIY has those same great features, with added sparkle!

We’re going to show you how to make your own disco-ball-esque reflector using mirrors. You can use this DIY reflector to make a cool grid of light to shine on your subjects or to ward off vampires.

If you

Make Your Own Reflector

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Make a Photo-Roll Pencil Holder


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Your photographs are good at being held *in* things: albums, boxes, frames …

But are they good at holding things?

Put ’em to work! Transform your photos into a useful DIY photo-roll pencil holder.

It’ll brighten up your desk, and make daydreaming of summer days that much easier.

In just a few steps, you can roll your photographs into picture-perfect container.

Thanks to our pal Tali Schiffer who showed us how to make this one of a kind photo-roll box!

How to Make a Photo-Roll Pencil Holder

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3 At-Your-Fingertips Lighting Solutions for Any Camera


Light is everything.

Without it, we’d walk into walls, and worst of all, photos would be non-existant! Blasphemy, we know.

Here are three tips to eke out extra lighting in dire photo situations. You can use these tips whether you’re shooting film, CF card, or camera phone!

Problem: Too shadowy.
Solution: Grab anything white (paper, cardboard, foam etc) & position it parallel to your subject’s shadowy side. It will pick up light from the opposite side and bounce it onto your subject.

Problem: Not enough light.
Solution: Use your phone’s glowy LCD to your advantage by pulling up a blank white screen (an empty browser does a good job) and holding it in front of your subject. Also try your phone’s flightlight mode (you may need to back up a bit for this, since those li’l LEDs can be briiiight.

Problem: You want color flash!
Solution: Grab a piece of clear tape or cellophane, color it with a marker and stick it over your flash. It’s especially fun for parties or if you’re stuck in Pleasantville.

Make a DIY Photo Ledge — Dress Up Lonely, Blank Walls!


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What’s that you say, wall? You’re tired of the same old frames?

Lucky for you, we’ll be switching things up this month (and beyond!) with an instant photo gallery.

The DIY photo ledge takes a simple strip of plastic molding and turns it into an easy-photo-switching, exquisite photo wall sprucer-upper.

In other words, it’s a simple photo holder that makes your wall look awesome.

It looks especially sharp with Polaroids and Instax photos, but you can use it to display any collection of snaps! Your photo ledge will transform your walls from eh, blah … to aaaahhhh in under an hour.

Thanks to our pal Tom Watson who showed us how to make this photo ledge!

How to Make a DIY Photo Ledge

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How to Make a Film Ammo Strap


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Forgetting to bring an extra roll of film is like leaving the house with no pants on!

We all know that’s a bummer.

This DIY Film Ammo Strap will give you the sleekest, chicest way to securely carry your extra rolls of film with you.

The strap is inspired by those handy vintage camera straps that came with elastic loops for film.

You’ll never lose another shot because you’ll always have another roll of film.

How to Make a Film Holder Strap

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How to Make a Gigantic Roll of Film


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Film lovers unite!

This tutorial will give you the power to recreate a tiny 35mm film canister into a larger-than-life reminder of the good ol’ days.

Use it as a prop for photos, store unused rolls of film and other camera related goodies, or just make yourself feel really small!

This film canister will hold more than you ever thought could fit onto a 24-exposure roll.

Make a Giant Roll of Film!

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How to Make Glowing Photo Spheres


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Sometimes, it’s just too cold to be outside!

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your living room (and warm blankets and fireplace).

Learn how to turn your photos into glowing photo spheres!

You’ve seen those plain paper lanterns at the store, and now you can convert them to show off your own bright and colorful photographs.

And when the temperature starts to warm up, you can take your photo spheres out on the porch. Your neighbors will appreciate the view.

Why it’s cool:

ingred-sm It doesn’t take much to transform ordinary paper lanterns into pieces that will make your room shine.

These photo spheres look great in the daylight, and even better at night!

You can bask in the glow of your very own photos. What could be better?

Ingredients:

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  • Photos to print
  • Printer
  • 11×17 copy paper
  • 12″ Paper Lantern
  • Gel Medium
  • Sponge Brush
  • Tape
  • Xacto knife
  • Cutting Surface
  • Sphere template (optional)

STEP 1: Size It Up

paint-smMeasure the surface you want to cover and determine how big you need to print your images.

We printed four 11×17’s to wrap around our 12″ diameter lantern.

We found a good price on lanterns at World Market, but you can find them at Target, Michael’s, and a variety of online vendors. The bulb kit is usually sold separately, so make sure to pick that up as well.

Step 2: Print It Out:

paint-sm After sizing your images in Photoshop or another editing program, print them out.

We printed on regular copy paper. We found it to be easier to wrap around the sphere.

Photo paper will work, too. You might need a little extra glue. Keep in mind the thickness of the paper will affect the translucency of the sphere when lit. Photo paper will give off a more subdued light.

Step 3: Cut It Up

paint-smYou’ll need to make vertical slits on your photo in order to get it onto the sphere. Here are your two options.

You can use the sphere template to cut an elliptical pattern. Size this template to fit your photos. Use photoshop to crop it to 11″x17″ before you print. This method will keep the overlapping paper parts to a minimum.

TIP: Make sure the length of your template covers the entire sphere before cutting. You also want to make sure not to cut all the way through. You want your center “equator” to stay in tact, and use the strips to be able to bend around the thinner parts of the sphere.
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The other option is to cut straight lines vertically along your photo, again leaving the center in tact. This is the easier version, but will have more overlap at the top and bottom.

These overlapping sections are apparent in the final product, but can also produce cool effects.

Step 4: Stick it Down

paint-smStart by taping down the “equator” of your first section to hold it in place.

Coat the backside of the image with gel medium and press into place. Gel medium is a glue like paste available at any art supply store. It’s a lot like modge podge, but has a nice clean finish when it dries.

Tuck the corners over the inside edge of the lantern. You may want a little extra gel/glue here to secure them.

Step 5: Do it Again

paint-sm Repeat the previous step for each section of the photo.

Overlap each strip slightly to create a continuous image. Tuck the edges, and keep going.

TIP: Work in sections vertically across your lantern, i.e. glue the top of the first strip, then the bottom of that same strip, before moving on to the next section.

Step 6: Seal it Up:

paint-sm This step is optional, but can help give your lantern a nice, finished look.

After each section is in place, brush a thin layer of gel medium over the photo, sealing in any cracks and smoothing out areas on your sphere.

TIP: You can use your hand on the inside of the lantern to press out any parts that may have been crinkled in the process.

Step 7: Dry it out:

paint-sm Let it dry completely before hanging it.

Depending on how much gel medium was used, this can take from one hour to several hours.

Step 8: Hang it up!

paint-sm Follow the instructions that came with your lantern for connecting the bulb and socket.

Pick your favorite place and hang up your glowing photo creation.

Enjoy your photos in all of their glory!

Why Stop There?

  • Make a string of these beauties using paper lantern Christmas lights.
  • Make glowing portraits. Put a face on one orb, torso on another, legs and feet on a third.
  • Try printing photos on transparencies to make other worldly glowing orbs.

DIY: Turn Photos Into Beautiful Watercolor Portraits


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Photography and stencil art go hand-in-hand quite merrily, but it’s not so great if you’re not chummy with the scissors.

Well, Mr. Snippy Scissor, meet your match with the nifty masking liquid, or what we like to call liquid magic.

What is it? Well, painters use it to prevent parts of their paper from getting stained with watercolor. Think of it as a stencil!

Our handy DIY will show how you can harness this liquid-stencil goodness to easily turn your photographs into dreamy watercolor art!

Make Watercolor Paintings from Photos!

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