Photo by Brooke Lark
Memories are captured to share with your loved ones but why should they all be stuck in a box? Check out our kid friendly photo craft ideas to share memories with your kids and create a unique display method for your photos. Whether you’re a photographer, the parent of a photographer, or a person with a ton of family photos, here’s 10 creative crafts that will get your thinking and your photos outside of the box.
10. Photo Ornaments
Though traditionally used at Christmas, these ornaments can be displayed all year round for any occasion. You can use the traditional glass ornament (sometimes called a snow globe ornament) and place a circular image inside or you can for the trendy wood disc ornament and transfer the photo on. Check out the glass ornament tutorial here and the wood disc ornament tutorial here.
9. Photo Magnets
What better place to have your favourite memories than on an appliance you use ad look at every day. It’s also a great way to clear the photo clutter off the fridge. This is also a great project to do with the kids. There are several types of magnets to consider but it depends on what size and shape you’re looking for. The most popular and easiest options are the basic Instagram tile magnet and the glass gem magnet. Jar lids and bottle caps can also work as great magnet shapes. The tile magnet is easiest to do with kids as it involves minimal mess and they get to peel stickers. Check out the tile magnet tutorial here and the glass gem magnet tutorial here.
8. Photo Strips
Photo strips have always been popular but most people don’t have a photobooth in their living room. You and the kids can create your own photobooth pictures to hang on the wall, use a bookmark, or as a creative gift tag for presents. You will have to resize your images to a square shape but in the age of Instagram, most pictures are square anyway. This is a great photo strip tutorial put together by Cnet’s Sharon Profis.
Photo by Sharon Vankin, CNET
7. Photo Coasters
Using a photo coaster is a great way to start a conversation while having a drink but also a unique place to display photos in the living area. Check out this great eHow tutorial to create a waterproof tile coaster that is both practical and personal.
Photo by Bethany Devore, eHow
6. Family Tree
Have a ton of photos of old relatives? Why not proudly display that history on your walls with a creative family tree that you and your kids can design together. It can be as simple or detailed as you wish and can help to showcase some of the old photos sitting in that box or photo album. Whether you choose to do a more literal family tree like this display or a subtle family collage like this example, a family tree project can be a good way to explore your family’s history with your kids.
5. Photo Calendar
Using a physical calendar to mark dates can be very helpful in chaotic households so why not design one that is guaranteed to make you smile every time you look at it? Get the kids involved by having them vote on what pictures should go in the calendar. There are several websites that can do this for you or you can do it yourself. Check out this tutorial for a month to month calendar print and this tutorial for a more sturdy desk photo calendar.
4. Photo Collage
If the walls of your house are looking a little cluttered with family photos, you may want to consider a collage. This way you can frame your memories and hang them up but you can combine a bunch at once. Collages can be done in a variety of ways: made into a word, photo wall paper, or even formed into a shape.
3. Customizable Picture Frames
There’s always that one shot that you want to highlight with a frame. A plain picture frame can be the way to go but a customized, personally made frame is always so much more special when given as a gift. If your child has an interest in something, you can get them to glue a representation of it to the outside of the frame. If you want to get even more crafty, popsicle stick photo frames make for cute presents and are relatively easy to make for any occasion. Here’s a great tutorial for a popsicle stick back to school frame and another tutorial for a LEGO photo frame that is sure to please the biggest LEGO enthusiasts.
2. Photo Book and Album
Spend a Saturday afternoon sorting photos with your kids and update those old albums. A popular trend has been to create photo books and eliminating hard copies of photos but both methods of storage can be useful and beautiful. Photo books can be created digitally or through a good old fashioned cut and paste scrapbook style. Click here to see a list of the best custom book sites. Creating a photo book or photo album is also an opportunity to walk down memory lane with your kids and show them important moments from your life.
Photo by Roman Kraft
1. Andy Warhol Craft
This craft is the perfect way to introduce your child to art appreciation. You print out black and white pictures of your child and then have them draw in four different shades to replicate Andy Warhol’s style. The craft is cute, teaches your kid something about art, and results in something you actually want to pin to the refrigerator. Check out the tutorial here.
Photo by Jodi Durr, meaningful mama
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