Handmade photo crafts make awesome gifts any time of the year for any occasion: birthday, New Year, Christmas…  we’ve gathered some great ways to share your family memories with a few simple supplies and a bunch of lovely family photos. We’ve rounded up 10 fantastic DIY photo gift ideas – gift ideas made using photos of special people, places, or things. Photo crafts make terrific gifts or wonderful personal accents for a home. Never use original photos in crafts projects. Instead, scan and print copies on your home equipment or take your photos to a copy shop for those services. All of these are sure to delight moms, but they’d also make great gifts for dads, grandparents, friends or just about anyone. Additionally, since photos are so cheap to print and these gifts are all DIY options, they’re all pretty inexpensive.

These projects are wonderful for decorating your home or creating a special gift for family members … photo crafts rule!

Personal Picture Clock

Personal-Picture-Clock

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Use a template of a clock online. Just google clock template. We put that in a layer on photoshop and marked with the paint tool where each number was, then we put our own in.

Circular “Family Tree”

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This circular “family tree” print  is not only beautiful, it’s a meaningful keepsake. Use Photoshop to make one of your own, or purchase a custom design.

Wood Box

Wood-Box

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A simple wood box and an accordian folded card stock make a great home for a pretty pull-out photo album. Combine photos of kids and notes or drawing from the children for an extra special gift.

Embroidery Hoop Photo Display

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We think this simple photo display is simply lovely and would make a great gift – the recipient can easily switch out photos to keep it current.

Photo Lampshade

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If you are using photos – there are several options. You wouldn’t have to do a collage. You could do several large photos. You could make your own collage by cutting out smaller pictures and gluing them individually around the lampshade. You could print them in regular colour or black & white or sepia or whatever you come up with!

Photo Letter

Photo-Letter

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We think this will be good to either hang, or set up on a side table or be used for any other type of decor. Choose the first letter of the person you are making the gift for, choose the most memorable pictures and go ahead!

Heart Shape

Heart-Shape

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This example could be so easy to DIY! Print small square photos and arrange them in a heart shape on a large canvas and you have a beautiful, personalized photo gift.

Photo Bud Vases

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If you use a thicker base and drilled deeper holes you could skip gluing the tubes in place and just let the base hold them. Then you could then decoupage other tubes with colourful graphics or fabric or what have you and, when you wanted to, swap out the tubes to suit your mood.

Photo Calendar

Photo-Calendar

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This DIY framed photo calendar is super inexpensive – the whole thing only costs about $5 – and even better, it’s crazy easy to put together (free printables!). Since you decide which photos to include, you can tailor the calendar to whomever you’re making it for, ensuring it’s a gift they’ll absolutely love.

Miniature Photo Pendant

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These are so easy to make. They are made from popsicle sticks! We can’t believe how great they look. Great for charm bracelets, pendats etc.