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Turning Your Old Photos Into Crafty Projects

Almost everyone has a stack of old photos sitting around. Perhaps they are duplicate copies of other photos you have stored in albums, or the shots that weren't "just right." They might even be photos of people you don't even know, especially if you inherited boxes of photos from relatives. If you have some photos that you really do not need but cannot seem to throw away, why not use them to make some fun and interesting craft projects? You'll end up with some great crafty results that you can use to decorate your home, or possibly even give as gifts.

Photo Place mats

Old photos can be used to make really interesting and decorative place mats for your table. Start by using an existing place mat to trace the size and shape onto a piece of light cardboard or poster board. Then, use glue or scrapbook "photo splits" to attach the old photos to one side of the cardboard shape. You can line them up straight in a grid pattern, or attach them in a random collage fashion. When done, seal the place mat by cutting two pieces of clear contact paper that are large enough to extend about a half inch on all sides of the cardboard place mat. Sandwich the place mat between the two pieces of contact paper, making sure to seal the two contact paper sheets carefully along the free edges.

Vintage Wall Art

Black and white photos are fun to work with if you find some in your photo pile, and they can be turned into some interesting, vintage wall art. Choose the ones that appeal to you the most, put them into picture frames, and make a nice small grouping on your wall. Another good use for the black and whites is to find one that you really like and scan it, then enlarge it to the size that you want. If you are on a budget, this is an especially great way to add some vintage art to your home without spending too much money.

Photo Storage Box

If you store your good photos in photo boxes, you can use some old photos to decorate them. Glue them onto the box using a collage technique, covering the bottom of the box and the lid separately. Let the glue dry, and you'll have photo storage boxes pretty enough to display on a shelf.

Making a Family Tree

One great craft project to keep or give away is to make a family tree poster with pictures of family and relatives. You can purchase a family tree chart or design your own. Once you start filling out the family tree information, you can include a small picture of each person beside the information. This is a great way to use extra photos of family groups, as you can cut just one photo up to get many pictures. When you are all done, place the poster in a picture frame and keep or give to a relative.

Decoupage Photo Crafts

Combining decoupage with old photos can be a fun way of creating some truly beautiful craft projects. You will find full instructions for creating a number of different crafts on the Mod Podge package. Before using photos for decoupage, spray them with a couple of coats of clear acrylic spray, which will prevent photos from smearing when the Mod Podge is applied.


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