Using a Photo Scanning Service to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays

Posted by Julie Morris on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

There’s no better time to pull out old photos than the holidays. Don't restrict yourself to revisting pictures of ugly Christmas sweaters though; now is the perfect time to look back at all your treasured photographs.

This is also a good time of year to get crafty with your photos, from creating perfect photo presents for loved ones to DIY holiday decorations. So before we get into the full swing of the holiday season, get your printed photos to a photo scanning service, choose some favorites, and deck the halls with these beautiful and simple holiday home decorations!

3 Simple DIY Holiday Decorations Made Easy By Using a Photo Scanning Service

1. Rosemary Rectangle Picture Wreath

There's no better holiday decoration than wreaths, so try this new spin on traditional wreaths that are great for hanging on doors or walls.

DIY photo projects

Once you’ve sent pictures to a photo scanning service and have old Christmas photos stored digitally in one convenient place to choose from, you’ll find this project versatile and charming. You could make several small photo wreaths to hang together as a collage on walls, or create new ones annually with Christmas family photos.

For this DIY photo project, you’ll need:

  • Rectangular wreath form(s)
  • Florist wire
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Framed Christmas photo(s)
  • Ribbon

Choose a wreath form that will accommodate the framed photo, allowing for about 1.5 inches on all sides so the picture “floats” in the center. Cut the rosemary and secure it to the form with wire. Create a bow to hang the photo and wreath from, and deck the halls!

Photo and craft instructions via My Home Ideas

2. Photo-Printed Candles and Candle Holders

Instead of plain red and green candles, try this unique DIY photo project. You’ll need digitized images ready to print for this, so send your photos to a photo scanning service now so you’ll have time to create these!

DIY photo projects

This project sounds difficult, but can be done quickly with minimal supplies, which are:

  • Pillar candles (light colors work best)
  • Photos to transfer onto the candles
  • Tape
  • Printer paper
  • White tissue paper
  • Wax paper
  • A blow dryer

Tape tissue paper to printer paper so photos print onto the tissue paper. cCut out the “tissue paper photos” and tape them to the candles. Wrap wax paper around the candle and secure it with tape. Blast the image/candle with a blow dryer for three minutes, and voila – quick, personal decorations to light up any room and heart!

Use ribbon or candy to decorate them, or glue Epsom salt to candles for a snow-covered effect. You can also create centerpieces with garland around the bottoms, and make Christmas photo candle holders using almost the same process.

Photo and craft instructions via Tamona Valentine on YouTube

3. Photo Mantle Stocking Holder

These stocking holders are extremely versatile and can be enjoyed and used for years by changing photos annually.

DIY photo project

For this DIY photo project, you’ll need:

  • 5-inch 2x4s
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mini clothespins
  • Glue and paint
  • Hooks
  • Jute
  • Your favorite photos

Paint two pieces of wood your desired color. Once dry, cut scrapbook paper to size and glue onto the “upright” pieces of wood. Glue mini clothes pins to the tops of those, then wrap jute around them, securing with hot glue. Next, glue together the two pieces of wood needed for each holder, and attach hooks to the “bottom” pieces of wood.

Choose your favorite photos – like photos of each family member – pop onto the clothespins, and you’ve got unique, one of a kind mantle stocking holders! Have fun with photo editing software by adding Christmas lights or other holiday borders around the photos before printing them, and don’t be afraid to add your own personal touch! 

Photo and craft instructions via Southern Lovely

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Get ready to try these and other fun DIY photo projects by digitzing your photo collection. If you're placing an order with FotoBridge this season, make sure to keep an eye on our 2013 Guarantee Holiday Delivery Schedule

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