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Coloring Pages from Your Photos in 3 Easy Steps

So we were walking around Toys R Us the other day, something we do pretty frequently, and we discovered Crayola Color Wonder. It’s this new coloring book-like thing with markers that only work on special Crayola paper… paper that doesn’t let you color outside the lines.

That made us a little sad, especially coming from Crayola.

Coloring books are one of the great joys of childhood, and we think every child should have the opportunity to scribble outside the lines, on the lines, or even on the walls (just once.)

Luckily, you can still buy regular old-fashioned coloring books. Heck, you can even make your own! In fact, Photojojo friend Karina Benson has a great tutorial that shows you how to do just that in three simple steps!

Coloring Pages from Your Photos [via Lifehacker & Parenthacks]

p.s. Check more by Karina on Photojojo: Photo Toys and Photo Gifts for Dad.

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4 Easy Steps to Making Old-Fashioned Lenticular Images from Your Photos

A lenticular is an image that appears differently depending on how you look at it. If you’ve ever seen a postcard or movie poster that changes when you look at it from the left vs. the right, you’ve seen a lenticular.

Lenticulars usually require a special plastic sheet consisting of many tiny convex lenses, but you can make a super simple one with just two photos and some paper.

They make great, unique gifts, and it’s a cool way to show off more than one photo (especially related ones) in a single frame.

And it’s as simple as slicing, printing, folding and enjoying! Read our tutorial to learn how to do it!

p.s. Help spread the word: Digg this tutorial!

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Make a Flash Photo Flipbook in Just 15 Minutes!

Back in March, we told you about George Lange’s 2006 photo flipbook. Ever since, you’ve been emailing, calling, and using messenger pigeons with little notes attached to their tiny little ankles to ask us how you can create your own Lange-style flipbook.

Ok, already. We’re gonna show you how.

To keep things simple, we’ll use a free and easy web application called JumpCut that works on any computer. Before you know it, you’ll be stringing together photos and music to make a beautiful photo slideshow of your very own.

Read our tutorial to learn how!

p.s. Today’s the last day to order photo goodies for you mama in time for Mother’s Day. There, we said it.

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Turn an Etch-a-Sketch into a Kitschy Picture Frame in Just a Few Minutes

With just two dials and some aluminum powder, George Vlosich III creates works of art with Ohio Art’s classic baby boom toy, the Etch A Sketch.

For those of us, however, who can only manage a really nice set of stairs, we have a solution.

Our Etch A Sketch Picture Frame tutorial will show you how to turn an ordinary Etch A Sketch into a kitschy picture frame in no time flat. We’ll even show you how to transform your photos so they’ll look like you spent hours twiddling those white knobs to scratch ‘em out.

Read on to learn how!

p.s. A reminder: We’re looking for awesome photo submissions for an upcoming photo notebook tutorial. Submit your photos to our Flickr group!

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How to Make Video Panoramas from Your Digital Camera’s Video Clips

We call ‘em Videoramas.

Panoramic photographs are great at taking in entire landscapes, urban and natural. They allow you to see beyond what your camera can capture in one frame (or in the case of panographies, many many many frames).

But why stop with stills? Your digital camera probably shoots video clips as well, and by stitching those clips together, you can make a full-motion video panorama. Landscapes, streetscapes, interior shots, birthday parties, they all come to life in sparkling, wide-angle videoramas. If you liked our panographies, you’ll love our videoramas.

Read on to see an example and learn how it’s done.

p.s. Haaappy Birthday, Photojojo! We turned 1 yesterday. :D Help us celebrate by blogging about us or telling a friend about your favorite photo newsletter. It would make our day!

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Make Yourself a Camera Out of Paper, Mint Tins, or Spam — Pinhole Cameras

A couple weeks ago, all the camera makers gathered in Las Vegas to strut their latest. Amidst the bright lights, big screens, buttons, and megapixels, it was easy to forget that photography can be a very simple art form.

There’s no better way to remind yourself than to make your own camera. Out of paper, a tin of mints, or a can of spam.

You won’t get optical image stabilization or face-tracking focusing when you make a pinhole camera, but you will get dreamy, surreal, and ghostly photographs from a camera you made with your very own hands. And, we hope, fresh perspective on a favorite hobby.

The Dirkon — Communist Czech Paper Pinhole Camera [thx Youngna!]
See also: Linatree variation on the above [thx John Tan!]

DIY Altoids Tin Pinhole Camera

Spam Can Pinhole Camera

p.s. Our favorite SD memory card, the fold-it-up-and-stick-it-right-in-your-USB-port Sandisk 2GB, is now at an absurdly low $37 on Amazon. Get it while it’s hot, it used to be $90!


   
   
Give Your Car a Pixar-style Cars Makeover

Your rims are far from fab, you’re still rockin’ the cassette player, and your grille could use a bit of bling.

Sure, you could wait for Xhibit to bound through your front door. But honestly, that could take awhile. He’s a busy man.

But who needs Xhibit when you have Photoshop? In this tutorial, the so-called “Psychochild” comes through with the lowdown on pimping your ride Lightning McQueen-style…

Turn Your Car into a Cars Car!
forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1151725

p.s. Liked the impressionistic Orton Effect we covered in January? Check out this variation we just posted on Photojojo Uncut!


   
   
Make Your Own Memory Card Holder Using a Credit Card
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Take a ton of photos? Keep filling up your camera with video? Then this is the perfect project for you.

Follow this simple tutorial to turn an old credit card (or one of those fake cards you get with new wallets) into a snap-in holder for an extra memory card. Then just stash that sucker in your wallet or pocketbook for when you need it.

With memory prices at an all-time low, having an extra card on hand–just in case–is a pretty smart idea.

DIY Credit Card Memory Card Holder Tutorial
www.instructables.com/id/EA5IMA4E30EWZMK6PU?ALLSTEPS (via Lifehacker)

p.s. Extra credit tip: The Sandisk USB+ SD Card plugs straight into a USB port, thus doubling as a thumbdrive. Stash that little guy in your wallet and you’ve got an extra memory card AND a thumbdrive. That’s thinking.


   
   
Photos That Pop Out of the Page, Literally! DIY Photo Pop-Outs in 20 Minutes

Got a photo you just adore and want a unique way to show it off?

Behold! Photo Pop-Outs!

Gather up a bit of foam core, a bit of tape, a knife, and 20 minutes and we’ll show you how to give your photos an eye-popping 3D effect — no special glasses required!

But wait, there’s more! We’ll even show you how to make a nifty tabletop stand when you’re done.

Pop on over to our tutorial to find out how…

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Photography, Cubed! Make Your Own Photo Cubes the Cheap and Easy Way

Whether you’re talking beverage cubes, G4 Cubes, the perfect cube, or cubular fruit, generally speaking, cubes rock.

It should as come as no surprise, then, that cubes constructed from your photos also rock.

Sit down with this Photo Cube Tutorial, six photos, a blade, and some double-sided tape and you’ll have a creative frame or a gift box in no time. Rockin’!

Photo Cube Tutorial
www.instructables.com/id/EX9YRGQPCHEQHO8W4K/

p.s. Don’t stop there! Check out the wooden photo cube, fabric photo cube, and levitating photo cube. (Sheesh!)

p.p.s. The latest Hey, Hot Shot! photo contest accepts entries up till next Monday.


   

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