How to Make Personalized Photo Frames

Photographs are great keepsakes but putting them in personalized photo frames gives it an added whimsy and charm. Why not try making one today?

You’ll need:

1 photo frame – preferably with a plain matte surface

Decorative paper or Wasahi tape

Accents of your choice such as ribbons, buttons, seashells, sand, twigs, miniatures, etc. – for inspiration, think what the recipient loves most.

Spreadable glue

Glue gun

Sharp pair of scissors

Option 1 Procedure:

first choose the accents you’ll be using such as buttons or ribbons.

Cover the surface of the photo frame with the decorative paper or Wasahi tape (these are tapes with designs on them).

Using the glue gun, glue on the accents at the corners of the photo frame.

You can also choose to just put the accent at one corner of the photo frame.

Insert the photo…and you’re done!

Option 2 Procedure:

This may be a bit time consuming, but it is definitely worth it!

In this option, you will basically be attaching your accents on the entire photo frame front. Try to not leave any spaces in-between your accents.

If the recipient is a beach lover, you can spread glue all around the front of the frame then sprinkle a good amount of sand. Leave some areas vacant to easily attach those seashells using hot glue. Allow to dry. Attach the seashells and allow to dry. You’re done!

Another great idea would be to use miniatures or other decorations that you normally use when scrapbooking.

Option 3 Procedure:

Make a hanging multiple photo frame set.

Using a 2-inch ribbon. Create a bow at the top.

Attach 2-3 of your decorated frames to the ribbon at equal distance using hot glue.

Allow enough time to dry and you’re done!

Overall, you are only limited by your imagination. Surround the frame with buttons and ribbons if you wish. The take away here is to have fun while creating a personalized photo frame that would tell the recipient you took time with your gift by personally customizing it for him/her.

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2 Easy Do It Yourself Bookmark Ideas

Bookmarks are great in keeping the page where you left off. It also helps keep the quality of the book pages. Here are two do-it-yourself bookmark ideas that are pretty neat and fairly easy to do:

Fabric and Elastic Band Bookmark

You’ll need:

Thermal fabric

Felt fabric

Elastic band – about 10-12 inches in length

Needle and thread – same color as your elastic band

Glue gun

Printed shape pattern cut-out

Procedure:

Begin by tracing the cut-out pattern onto the wrong side of the thermal and felt fabrics.

Sew the elastic band onto the felt fabric.

Place the right side up of the thermal fabric onto the felt fabric with the sewn elastic band on the outside.

Carefully iron the top of the two fabrics. Make sure that the thermal fabric is properly heated onto the felt fabric.

Cut a small piece of felt fabric and hot glue onto the side of the elastic band to hide the sewn portion.

You can now use the bookmark for your reading pleasure.

One tip to remember is that you can always customize the shape and design. Try finding thermal fabric designs that would make the bookmark a cute personalized gift.

Paper Clip It

Yes, you read it right. You can use paper clips as bookmarks, but it doesn’t have to be just the plain old (and boring) paper clip.

You’ll need:

1/8-inch or 1/4-inch thick Ribbons – assortment of colors and designs

Paper clips – we recommend using the jumbo paper clip

Sharp pair of scissors

Procedure:

Cut the ribbons to your desired length using a sharp pair of scissors.

Attach 2-3 pieces of the ribbons to one end of the paper clip. You get to choose whether you want the same or an assortment of ribbon colors and designs per paper clip.

Another idea would be to tie the ribbon in a bow onto one end of the paper clip.

All done! Wasn’t that fairly easy?

Do you know of a bookmark idea that is fairly easy to do using scrap materials? Let us know! We’ll be happy to post an article about it.