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I’ve always been a picture person. I like to say that pictures are my love language. A moment perfectly captured in a picture is one of my favorite things in the world ♥ ♥ Without ruining any surprises, let’s just say that a lot of gifts for my friends and family this year revolve around pictures! Pictures are the glue to my memories and I would be lost without them.
When I first used my HP Envy 4512 All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner I was surprised at how awesomely easy it was to operate! I’m one of those people with 5,000 (yes, literally) pictures on my cell phone – and only from the last year. As I said, I’m ALL about pictures. That’s why I was so excited to use this printer! I’m tired of forgetting to order prints. With my new printer, I can literally take a picture and print it right away!
Christmas time will always be even more special to me since I married my husband last year. We had a wedding just a few days before Christmas and it was perfection. I decided I wanted to create a Christmas themed DIY photo frame that we can hang in our home for years to come!
Next, remove the glass and you’re ready to get started! We began by spray painting the frame itself. I used a metallic bright gold color, and we did two coats. You should also go ahead and spray paint the letters. We did “MERRY AND BRIGHT” for this frame. I bought the letters at the craft store and got dark green and sparkly white spray paint! We painted the letters each one being every other color (these also will most likely need two coats of paint.)
Once the letters have dried, you will need some twine and a staple gun. Make sure to use a hard surface when stapling, or the staples will not go into the letters. We used 2 1/2 inch pieces of twine for each letter. Some letters, like “M” need two pieces of twine.
Next, you will attach rows of twine to the back using the staple gun: three rows for the letters, and one for the pictures. Make sure the frame is facing the right way when you begin (so that it hangs right side up.) The spacing of the twine will depend on the size of your frame and the letters you use. We adjusted ours a few times before getting it just right.
The star of the frame – the pictures! All I had to do was download a quick app on my phone, and printed my pictures right off my cell phone wirelessly! I couldn’t believe how simple it was. I never remember to order my phone pictures, so this printer is perfect for me! It will be a life saver for last minute Christmas presents or anytime I want to print one of my pictures quickly. We used clips so that each year we can change out the pictures! It will be one of our traditions for years to come ♥
The finished product! I’m so in love with it! We used mini clips to attach the letters and pictures. Add a little tinsel, a few cute little ornaments and you have a personal and adorable DIY Christmas photo frame! If you’re looking for more family Christmas crafts, check out these Christmas Activity Printables, there’s tons to choose from!
Happy DIY-ing and Merry Christmas friends, don’t forget to take lots of pictures this year – you’ll be so glad you did ♥