Our creative people take on the trend of the season
Give your black and white photos a modern makeover with a pop of color! Choose your favorite vintage photos and scan them into digital form and save them. Remember, the higher the resolution you choose to scan with, the better print quality you’ll get later. Head over to picmonkey.com and upload the digital photos. Choose the “Warhol” effect from the editor selections and play around with 100s of color options to make your photos one of a kind. Save your work and print them out for an easy update to traditional black and white film.
This project taught me that it’s very easy to transfer a simple copy paper print to any substrate with the help of Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium (the hardest part is waiting 24 hours for the medium to dry). I found photos of my parents as kids, and thought they’d work perfectly for this project. I reversed the photos in my design software, and printed them on my black and white printer. I then transferred them to 8in x 10in canvases using the transfer medium and a spackling spatula. Once the medium was dry, I scrubbed off the paper with a wet sponge to reveal the finished product. I love how the transfer medium helps play up the vintage look of these photos which have found a home in our built-in shelves in the living room. For the step-by-step tutorial, visit OhSoLovelyBlog.com and search for “Photo Transfer” in the right-hand search bar.
I created this banner as an anniversary gift for my sister and brother-in-law using their wedding photos. I thought they could either hang it up and enjoy it everyday, or just bring it out and use it to celebrate their anniversary each year. Fabric photo banners can be a fun and unique way to display old photos or used for celebrations. Another idea is to take this process and create fabric photo garland for the Christmas tree or mantel. The options are endless and this craft can easily be customized to your liking. Have fun with it and enjoy! For the full tutorial on this project, visit vintagekcmag.com/diy.
This is my Grandma Kathy’s senior portrait. I think she is one of the most beautiful women in the world and I’ve admired this photo since I was a kid. I transferred a scanned version of her photo onto fabric using my printer and added some embroidery to embellish it. My Grandma is a cross-stitcher and I am an embroidery artist so adding the stitches and framing it in an embroidery hoop added some special touches. Find more embroidery resources at my website below.
Personalize your Christmas tree this year with ornaments crafted from old photos. For a little twist, aluminum cookie cutters serve as the frames for the photos. To make these cookie cutter ornaments, line up a cookie cutter on top of an old photo. Trace along the outside edge of the cookie cutter with a pen or pencil. Carefully cut along your traced outline. Next, take school glue and squeeze out a thin layer along the edge of the cookie cutter. Place the cookie cutter glue side down on top of the photo you just cut out. Let it dry. Finish off the ornament by threading a needle with baker’s twine, poking a hole through the top of the photo and pulling the thread through. Tie a knot and you’re done!
Kirsten, Red Leaf Style
I never really thought about many uses for contact paper there are until I started this project. I knew it was used to line cabinets, or label children’s desks at school, but this project really got my wheels turning with many possibilities! Who knew that a photo copy of an old photo, contact paper, water and scissors could make such a wonderful lasting memory? Honestly, a photo copy of anything would work for this project—a cherished letter for a hurricane vase, a memorable addressed envelope for a large votive holder—anything. I love displaying my mother’s childhood in this creative way, and I can’t wait to make more! See the instructions for this project at vintagekcmag.com/diy.
Family is everything to me and I am proud of and thankful for where I came from. Any chance I get to honor my ancestry is dear to my heart. This project was by far the easiest I’ve ever done for the magazine and quite possibly my favorite! The hardest part is finding old watches to dismantle. I swear I’ve seen hundreds of them at estate sales, but you know, when you’re actually looking for something, it can be harder to find. I ended up finding one of these at Savers and one at an antique mall in Missouri on my way back from Branson. All you need to do is pop off the back of the watch, pull out the innards (hold on to the plastic brace inside to hold your picture in place later) and insert a tiny printout of an old photo. These were about 0.75in. tall. The photos are of my grandma and her grandma, and I love carrying them around with me and being reminded of their lives so easily.