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DIY: Make Photo Gift Tags That’ll Make Even Santa Jealous


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Makin’ a list, checkin’ it twice. Adding photo gift tags makes everything nice!

What, you don’t remember that line?

Personalized photo gift tags makes exchanging gifts even more fun than it already is.

Trust us, this tutorial will have you singing along to your favorite Holiday tunes while adding style and personality to your gifts.

Forget the wrapping paper, this year we’re saving the tags!

How to Make Personalized Photo Gift Tags

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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.

Our Most-Fun-Ever Holiday Photo Ideas 2012!


Last year, we showed you how to one-up those mall elves in the holiday photo game.

This year, we’ll show you how to spin circles around them. Pretty soon those guys are going to be asking *you* for photo tips (and who knows, maybe Santa will hire you as his new photog).

We’re sharing a slew of photo ideas that your family will actually have fun doing! Even the most stoic of teens will crack a smile.

From creative backgrounds to great group photos that take less than 5 minutes to all the holiday lights fun you can imagine, you’re bound to find an idea that’s both creative and a blast.

Those mall elves might have speedy printers, but you have JoJo on your side.

10 Fun & Original Holiday Photo Ideas

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DIY: Make Instagram Holiday Cards


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Holiday Cards + Instagram = HoliGram?!

No, not like Tupac’s hologram, silly.

We’re talking about Holiday-grams. Real life cards from your favorite ‘grams.

Make and send holiday cards from your favorite Instagram pics or pretty much any photo on your phone.

This guide has a card-making style for everyone, from the super app-savvy to the DIY-ers.

Making holiday cards has never been so instant … and awesome!

Make DIY Instagram Cards!

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DIY: Make Crazy Detailed Light Paintings with Photo Light Stencils


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Ever tried painting with light but got an amorphous blob instead of the heart you meant to draw? Us, too.

That’s why light stencils are so so so great!

Instead of free-hand drawing with an LED light, you’ll use a cardboard box with a shape inside of it to shoot super detailed light paintings.

You don’t even have to cut out a stencil!

Just print out an old photo or a silhouette and slide it into your homemade lightbox. Pop the flash a few times, and create surreal dreamscapes even Salvador Dali would be envious of.

What better way to take advantage of those daylight savings hours?

How to Make Photo Light Stencils

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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?

Make Photo-rific Table Decor!

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10 DIY Photo Filters on the Cheap


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Back before Snapseed and Instagram, photographers used lens filters to add snazzy effects to their snapshots.

But filters can cost you a pretty penny, and you’re quite happy keeping your pennies, thankyouverymuch.

Well, we’ve got you covered because we’ve rounded up 10 DIY photo filters that won’t cost you.

In fact, most of these things are probably just lying around the house!

So follow along with our roundup as we accentuate the analogue and re-imagine the digital.

10 DIY Photo Filters to Try!

p.s. Our pals at Mosaic make some seriously beautiful photobooks you can create right from your iPhone! Take a look-see here.

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Vixels — This Artist Will Turn You into a Pixel Person!


Normally, you don’t want your pixels to be seen.

You like the pristine, fine-grain look. But what if you went to the other extreme and really let your pixels show?

Vic Nguyen is taking commissions for turning your photos into awesome pixel portraits! His vixels, as they are called, are a little reminiscent of 8-bit Twitter avatars, but turned up a few degrees with way more detail.

Mustaches, beards, dimples, even your haircut are turned into exact pixel replicas.

So the next time someone tells you your pixels are showing, it’ll be a compliment!

Have Your Pixel Portrait Made from Photos [via Uppercase Magazine]

p.s. Hey, Hot Shot! has a photo competition with $15,000 in prizes and some pretty amazing exposure up for grabs. Deadline is 11/14, so get those hot shots in!

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 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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