Turn your photos into crafty holiday gifts

December 7, 2009 4:39:45 PM PST
Transform personal snap shots into crafty gifts, including a DIY photo snow globe.

Amazing photo projects:

Hard drives are the new attics. Memories get filed away in a digital "shoebox," rarely to be seen again. But it doesn't have to be that way. Photojojo has over 50 projects make for yourself. Most of the projects require only basic crafting skills like cutting and gluing, so just about anyone can make them.

Photo snow globes

Whether you're dreaming of a white Christmas, a frosty Kwanzaa, or an upsettingly and unseasonably snowy Arbor Day, -there's no guarantee that your snowy wish will be granted.

Luckily, there is a portable source of snow-related joy: Photojojo's DIY Snow Globe. Grab a bottle, photo, glitter, and corn syrup, and you can have winter in your pocket all year 'round.

For this project, you'll need two photos (around 4" x 6") in portrait orientation. We recommend cheerful photos of friends or family-or a photo of an enemy posed to look as if -he's stuck inside a giant, glittery jar.

Supplies:

  • Water bottle or empty mason jar (Voss and Fred water bottles work particularly well.) Adhesive remover, such as Goo-Gone, and paper towel
  • 2 vertical photos
  • Scissors
  • Clear packing tape (the wider the better)
  • Good old-fashioned water
  • Clear (light) corn syrup
  • Glitter and sparkles
  • Glue (optional)
Steps:
  1. you're using a water bottle for this project, you need it empty. Quench your thirst and guzzle that thing in one go, rock star.

  2. Peel any labels and stickers off the bottle, scraping it gently to remove as much paper as possible. Apply the adhesive remover with a paper towel and spread it onto any sticky surfaces left on your bottle. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then rub it off. You should now be left with a clean bottle. (Lather, rinse, and repeat if necessary until -it's perfectly clean.)

  3. Trim your 2 photos so -they're about 1/2" (13mm) smaller in height and width than your bottle, leaving enough space to let the photo float freely but snugly.

  4. Now you need to do some quick makeshift waterproofing. Measure out enough packing tape to cover both sides of your photos, with a little bit extra for a small border. Lay down a strip of tape sticky side up and press the first photo facedown onto it. Ease it down from top to bottom, pressing gently to remove air bubbles. Use a second piece of tape to cover the rest of your photo if your first piece -wasn't wide enough. Overlap a bit to prevent water from entering.

  5. Now put the second photo down on top of your first photo so -they're back-to-back. As before, use tape to cover the surface of the second photo, making a photo sandwich. Remember that the tape is waterproofing your photos, so -don't leave any areas without it, watch out for tears, and make sure the edges are tightly closed. Finally, trim the edges so -there's no more than 1/4" (6mm) of tape on each edge.

  6. Roll up your photo and put it through the opening at the top of your bottle. Do it quickly so the photo -doesn't stay rolled up for long. It'll unroll on its own inside the bottle after a while.

  7. Prepare a mixture of 1 part water to 1 part corn syrup, pour it into the bottle, and add glitter. Seal the bottle cap to the bottle with glue, if desired. Shake and enjoy.
More Ideas:

Use a cheese grater to grind up a white PVC pipe to create plastic snow. Or add sequins and buttons to the glitter for variety. Use a glue gun to draw or write on the outside of your jar or bottle, then pour glitter on the hot glue for extra-sparkly goodness.

For more information, visit photojojo.com


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