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Gift Ideas & Crafts / April 27, 2018

Mother’s Day Gifts: Easy Photo DIY

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If your mom’s house is filled with pictures of the family, a framed photo is a perfect way to put a smile on her face for Mother’s Day. This year, go beyond the usual store-bought frame with this colorful craft that calls on the handmade cards and pictures of your childhood – a thoughtful touch that’s sure to stay up on the walls for years to come.

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What You’ll Need:

  • Black and white prints of your favorite photos with your mom
  • Paper to mix paint colors on (newspaper works well if you’re in a pinch)
  • Acrylic paints (in as many colors as you’d like)
  • Paintbrushes
  • A Sharpie
  • Paint pens (if desired)
  • A picture frame to put your final product in

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Step 1:​ Get inspired! Check out some ​patterns on Pinterest​ and see what fits the mood of the picture. Bonus points if you pick some of mom’s favorite colors to use for the pattern.

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Step 2:​ Get started! We suggest using prints with white space around them for best results. We also highly suggest using copies as opposed to original pictures just in case of mistakes.

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Step 3:​ Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Experiment with using paint pens for some portions, paint for others, and Sharpies for little details. This is your chance to get in touch with your inner child, so let your imagination run wild!

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Step 4:​ Let dry before framing.

Step 5:​ Repeat with as many pictures as you’d like!

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Thoughtful Touch

Take mother-daughter matching to a new level and make your own copy of the patterned print to hang on your own walls. It’s sure to make mom smile whenever she visits and remind you of her for the rest of your life.

Will you make this craft for your mom this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments!

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