Happy Friday! I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I love do-it-yourself projects and being creative in general. As a photographer, I love coming up with outside the box (er…frame) ways to display my photos!
These photo flags are such a cute addition to any bedroom, office, or apartment and also make a thoughtful and inexpensive gift idea. You can use photos from a recent vacation, from your Insta feed, or just random photos you would otherwise hide away in a photo album.
Do this project with your mom, your best friend, or by yourself on #SelfCareSunday. The main thing is that you have fun and flex that creative muscle!
What you’ll need:
- an inkjet printer
- printable fabric or iron-on transfers
- fabric (use one or multiple colors/textures!)
- an iron
- twine, ribbon, or string
- your choice of digital photos
Here’s how you do it:
- Arrange your photos in a document on your computer. I could fit four photos to a sheet. You may want to adjust settings on your pictures such as exposure, shadows, saturation, or contrast. You can see below how the first time I printed the colors were harsh and dark. I changed some settings and added some filters to get a vintage look.
- Trim up your fabric to fit your photos. Leave some space to fasten the flag to the string. It’s your choice what shape you make the flags, you can have them square, triangular, or a combination of both like mine. I used a mock denim material because it was what I had on hand, although I bet canvas or burlap would look AMAZING.
- Iron your photos to the flags. Make sure to have the photo facing up so the plastic backing adheres to the fabric and not your iron…yes, I learned this the hard way.
- Finally, attach your flags to the string. I used small clothespins that I bought at Michael’s, but you could use hot glue, staples, a needle and thread, or punch holes and weave the string. You could hang them horizontally, like mine, but vertically would be cute too!
Voila! Easy and unique photo garland. We want to see your creations! Tag us in your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook (@twowildtides) or leave us a comment! We love hearing from you!
All photos used for photo garland are my own. The top right photo is by a local artist, Nick Rowsell.