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I try not to be that mom who is never in the pictures. I was that mom. The truth is, I still am, too often, and I’m especially that aunt. Some years ago, I made a very conscious decision to cherish more of the little moments and do my best to capture them in pictures. So, I took a lot of pictures. The problem was, I never did anything with them. By the time I had the triplets, my scrapbooking days were behind me. I had card after card after card of digital pictures and dreaded the idea of somehow trying to sort through them. I want to save my memories, but what good is that if they are hidden away or lost in an abyss of sd cards?
So, when my nephew came pver to spend the weekend with us recently, I made sure that I saved the memory, in the moment! I knew I’d be lying to myself if I said I’d do something fun with all those pictures later. I needed to do something, while he was with me. After taking a few pictures of just myself and my nephew, I realized how few pictures I have with him. I made a renewed vow to be in the pictures! Whether it’s with friends or family, I want to be in them. I also want to look at them. I want to share them. I want to print them! I want to display them.
So, I picked up the new HP Deskjet 3632 All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner ! You’re probably thinking – great, Alicia! It’s nice that you can afford a brand new HP printer, but budgets are tight right now. Trust me, ya’ll – mine is, too! So, here’s the best part… This awesome all-in-one was only $59.00!!!
Setup was easy and in no time at all, I was printing pictures from my computer, smartphone, and my tablet. Using my home wifi connection, I did everything in wireless fashion.
Yes! Go, run, hurry over to Walmart. You can even get it online with free shipping. At this price, you can afford to buy one and gift one. Plus, how cool will it be to pull out your new printer (since it’s so portable) and give your friends and family the chance to print out pictures as they snap from their smartphones. You’ll be the favorite house to visit during the holidays!
Then, I made the adorable picture frame you saw above with one of the pictures I took with my nephew. The kids and I decided to make a day of it next weekend so they can gift pictures of their own using my DIY Photo frame tutorial. We have a lot of new people in our lives, and we want to show them they are appreciated. From neighbors, to therapists, to teachers. Of course, we’ll be making some for friends and family, too!
Here’s how I did it! In addition to this DIY Photo Frame Tutorial, I also have some great printables for you.
Gather your supplies.
All you need is some paper straws with any design you like, washi tape to your taste, transparent sheet covers, modeling clay, and scissors.
Assemble your DIY Photo Frame
- place your printed picture on top of a sheet cover to use as a guide for creating your frame border
- attach washi tape to one side of the sheet cover around all four sides of your picture
- cut the frame border (you need both sides of the sheet cover to use as a slip for your picture.
- cut paper straws to side to fit just around your washi frame
- use modeling clay to attach the straws at the corners
- use washi tape to attach the straw frame to the washi tape frame. (*pro tip – put the straws on the front of the frame to create a dimensional look and tape the straws to the sheet covers from the back. This will also seal your sheet covers)
- insert your picture
*Pro tip – since these frames are so light, you can also use a small piece of modeling clay to attach your frame to a wall. OR – stick a small piece on the back of the sheet cover and stick a popsicle stick in the back to use as a stand.*
How about some printables?
The kids are sure to love this Christmas Crossword Puzzle. It’s super cute and colorful! Stop and have a little fun with some Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe. If you’re really feeling adventurous, sing Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer with the kids!
If you loved this easy craft, you know the drill! #SharingIsCaring
By: Alicia Gonzalez