If you’re dying to try your hand at creating unique and personalized gifts for your loved ones, then a digital photo printer is all you need to make a wide variety of wonderful keepsakes. The most treasured gifts are often those that hold some special meaning for the receiver, and photos are a great way to remind people of happy memories.
Whether you are an amateur crafter or a handmade artisan, the following DIY photo gifts are great ways to show your friends and family how much you care.
Photo magnets are a fast and easy project that is ideal for younger children. For this project you will need:
- Laminate Sheets
- Magnetic Tape or Sheets
Start by deciding what shape you would like your magnet to be. You could use only the photograph itself as a magnet or design a frame to sit around the photo. Children will enjoy drawing small houses or cars that can be used as a frame with the photo placed in one of the windows.
Once you have decided on your frame, draw it onto a piece of card, and then cut it out carefully using a pair of scissors. Stick the photo onto the frame, and then place a laminate sheet over the front and back of the magnet. Trim off the excess laminate, and then attach magnetic tape or a strip to the back of the magnet.
A photo clock is an ideal gift for parents of young children as you can use photos of their child at different ages for each number. You will need:
- 12 Photos
- Old clock or clock making kit
Start by printing 12 photos that you will use for your clock face. Try to use high quality photo paper and ink cartridges such as those found at StinkyInk for a more professional finish. If you are using a clock making kit, assemble the clock according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Glue your 12 photographs around the clock face where each number would be. Protect your photos from fading or curling with a spray of clear sealer.
Personalised Photo Cushions
Photo cushions make beautiful gifts that are as versatile as they are attractive. To make personalised
photo cushions you will need:
- White cushion cover
- Iron-on transfer paper
For this project you will first need to print your chosen photo onto transfer paper using a digital printer. Lay your transfer paper over your pillow case with the image facing down taking care not to smear the ink. Iron over the image using an iron on a cool setting. Gently peel the transfer paper off to reveal your personalised photo cushion.
Try to select photographs that are not too dark or blurry to ensure the best result for your gifts. Simple portrait shots or brightly coloured images are the best option and will look wonderful when transformed into handmade keepsakes. Handmade photo gifts are also a great idea for wedding favours or bridesmaid gifts that your loved ones will treasure.
John Sollars runs a successful printing ink business. Whenever he has the chance, he likes to share what has worked for him with others. You can read his articles mostly on business, marketing and technology websites.