A Handmade Holiday

By Aurelia Good on 2015-12-06


One of my favorite ways to share our Christmas photos with family and friends is through personalized gifts. Thanks to Portrait Innovations, I always leave the studio with my prints the day of our photo session, which gives me plenty of time to decide what to make with them!

The Portrait Innovations store has some fantastic gifts for everyone on your gift list, from photo ornamentsmugs to laptop and phone cases for the tech lover in your life. I always love the portrait books with favorites from our photo sessions!

Another way to personalize gifts is to make them yourself! If the thought of a glue gun and glitter sends you running, no worries - I have four simple and very easy DIY gift ideas that you can do in less than an hour without breaking the bank.  Even better, they are no mess and so easy your kids can help you with them!


The Photo Cube Ornament:

A classic! Grab your wallet sized prints from Portrait Innovations, a plain cube ornament (mine was from Hobby Lobby for 79 cents) and some Mod Podge. If you'd like, add some paint and glitter - depending on your messy level. Paint the cube if desired. Cut your photos to size and use the Mod Podge to adhere them to the ornament. Let dry. Add a top coat of Mod Podge to seal the ornament. Let dry.  **If desired, coat the top with Mod Podge and add glitter**

The Desk Organizer:

So, so simple! Michaels Arts and Crafts sells these for $4.99, and you can use your 40% off coupon on it. If you like the natural wood, simply cut your photo to size and stick in the picture slot. Add washi tape for some trim. Or, you can paint the wood and then add your photos - depending on your time and messy level.

The Wall Frame:

I love the idea of having a wall frame and being able to change photos in and out, but I don't like the huge price tag! I found an 18x24 frame on clearance, removed the glass and secured twine in three sections across the back of the frame. Add in mini clothespins to hold your photos and some washi tape to dress up the frame and you are done!


The Photo Tray:

This is my favorite! You'll need a wood photo tray (I got mine from Michaels on clearance for $1.47), 5x7 photos from your photo shoot and Mod Podge. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge and lay your photos in the tray. Let dry. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the photos and the inside of the photo tray and let dry. Repeat one more coat and you are done!

The best gifts are from the heart, and photo gifts are a great way to share your family with friends near and far!

Tags: DIY, Crafts, Gift Ideas, Holiday Portraits

Aurelia Good

Aurie Good loves long walks in the sun, sweet tea, chocolate and anything that has to do with crafting. She lives in NJ with her husband, 2 adorable daughters and they are in the process of adopting a little boy from the foster care system. You can find her blogging at: www.ourgoodfamily.org, where she shares their foster to adoption journey or on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.