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Two Easy Peasy Projects for Your Photos

I came across two really cool projects and you’re going to want to do each one! The first one is a project utilizing your own photographs making customized coasters. I just finished reading the instructions and was so amazed at how simple it seems, that I had to share it with you. As regulars here know, I am a HUGE proponent of getting your photos OFF the computer (and off CDs) and into print. This particular project will provide you with a unique way to show off or showcase a few of your favourites.

Kelly over at Carrot Top Mom blog has the instructions so you can Make Your Own Photo Coasters. Head over to check it out. I’m going to make some too! What a great gift idea. If you comment on Kelly’s easy peasy project, let her know I sent you.

Speaking of another Kelly, don’t forget that Kelly James of Jax Does Design is featuring my equine art and she has a giveaway with the draw happening on Sunday, and the winner being announced at her blog on Monday.

Here is one more easy peasy project for your family photos. Since I was sharing the link to the photo coasters, I thought I’d see if anyone had great instructions on making photo cubes. Well, sure enough! I read through a variety of results from my search and am sharing two links, each equally easy. Head to the brown paper packages blog for her cute ideas and easy instructions (and more really good craft ideas if you care to browse around there). Check out the simple instructions the Alphamom blog has provided on making your own handmade photo cube. With Valentine’s Day coming up either of these two projects would make a great Valentine gift for the sweetheart in your life. But don’t limit yourself to Valentine’s Day — make them anyway.

What unique crafts or unique ways have you turned your photos into something other than prints?

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kinga at blueloom - February 11, 2011 - 3:25 pm

We have received coffee mugs from family as a gift. They are black and at first we had no idea what was so special about them. It’s only when you make your tea or coffee when the pictures on the mug become visible. This technique makes the hot water reveal the images printed on the mug. Cold water makes the disappear. It was a big surprise to see the pictures for the first time we used the mugs.

Don - February 12, 2011 - 8:50 am

I checked out the links. This sounds like something nearly anyone could make. Good ideas… and fun to use our photography in a different way.

Suvarna - February 12, 2011 - 12:34 pm

I do love a good project and I am loving the coasters. Thanks for the links. I’ve been making jewelry with mine, and I’m working on a project now that will have photos on glass panels illuminated from behind.

Kelly @ JAX does design - February 12, 2011 - 8:21 pm

Nice looking crafts ๐Ÿ™‚ I especially like the sort of rustic look of the wood photo cubes.

I haven’t done anything super-creative with my photos, but I’ve hung a lot of them around the house ๐Ÿ™‚ Gotta love gallery walls!

Marcie - February 14, 2011 - 8:46 am

Wonderful inspiration. I really should try one of these projects!

martie - February 15, 2011 - 8:11 am

Love the simplicity and the softness!

Kelly - February 15, 2011 - 7:24 pm

I’m so glad you like the coaster tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. : )