Nothing says Christmas quite like family and memories. These DIY Instagram Christmas ornaments are the perfect way to do both! Get those Instagram photos off your phone and trim your tree! It’s so easy----
And what a great substitute for gift tags!
What you need
- Glass Christmas ornaments with the removable metal tops
- Ornament filler (tiny metal jingle balls, confetti, etc)
- Printed Instagram photos
Step 1: Download your Instagram photos so you can get them printed. You can use the program Instaport. Then upload your photos onto your favorite 1-hour photo website.
After trimming the photos to size, remove the metal tops to the Christmas ornament.
To get your photo inside, roll your photo into a small scroll (I wrap it around a pencil) and push it through the opening in the top. Once through it will pop open and unroll. You might have to shake the ornament a bit or poke the pencil in the opening to help stubborn photos.
Next add some of your chosen ornament filler. It adds weight and makes your ornament pop.
Last, replace the metal top and tie a ribbon to the top. It’s easy to trim your tree with memories from each year!
It'a about shining from the inside
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This past Saturday I had the privilege of creating photographs for the children and their families at the annual Holiday Party at Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley.* How excited they were to see the big guy!
Close to 100 children, whose lives have been affected by cancer (mostly through a parent’s diagnosis), visited with Santa and Hanukkah Harry, decorated gingerbread men and made holiday crafts.
Age and gender appropriate gifts were donated by Stroehmann. Cancer Treatment Centers of America sent a team to cook breakfast.
Best of all the snow didn’t arrive until the party was over!
Check out what Gilda's is all about and volunteer!
*Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley provides a safe and supportive environment that is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. We have programs for men, women and children along with their families and friends and everything we offer is completely free. Our program is an essential complement to medical care providing support and networking groups, social activities and educational workshops and lectures.
Photographing Christmas Trees & Lights
Ready or not it’s almost that time!
Christmas? Halloween? Now let’s not rush things---BACK TO SCHOOL! Kind of like Christmas – the excitement of new things, the shopping, the crowds, the clutter….
New teacher, new friends, new projects…. “Wait! I don’t have room for any new projects to come through the door. But I wouldn’t dream of getting rid of anything!”
You don’t have to get rid of your kids’ old artwork and projects, just turn them into a memory book. That way you can always remember the amazing things they made, and you will have room for more.
It’s easy to do at Picaboo Photo Book, Snapfish, Walgreens to name a few.
Simple Tips for Creating a Terrific Art Book
Tip #1: Gather & Digitize Your Masterpieces
Gather all the artwork you’d like to include in your book. You have two options for turning your art into a digital format. You can scan or photograph your art.
If you decide to scan them, any desktop scanner will do. Just make sure your scanner is set at a minimum of 300 dpi. You can also have an office supply store such as Staples scan your art for you.
If you choose to photograph tt, use a tripod or set your camera on a steady surface. Make sure the room is well-lit. Natural light is always best. Choose a simple background. You don’t want anything taking away from the art. Your hardwood floors, concrete, asphalt and simple tiles work, too.
Tip #2: Add Narration To Your Photo Book
After you’ve imported your images, describe the art with captions. You could include the date it was created, the teacher your child had, the school they went to and a fun anecdote about the project. You could even ask your child to write something about each piece. Simple probing questions like: “What were you thinking about when you drew me as witch?” Or: “Why is Daddy wearing a car?” make for great answers.
Tip #3: Pick Vibrant Backgrounds
There are many fun backgrounds that can add to your book. create a custom background color that matches your child’s piece. Go simple or use an art supply theme. Or search Flickr for photos with a Creative Commons License (this allows you to use the photograph). There are some fantastic photos of crayons that would make for great backgrounds.
Tip #4: Make A Custom Cover
The cover is just as important as the contents.. Add your favorite masterpiece to the cover. Or have your little artist draw a self-portrait!
You can even make duplicate books for grandparents for Christmas.
Then you can brag that you started your Christmas shopping! Only 132 days away---AAAKK!