Sunday, December 6, 2009

Did somebody say glitter, polaroids, and garland!

I have been so inspired to create my own garland this season, especially since reading this post.

I decided to make my own polaroid garland and ornaments using my Poladroid polaroid maker using photos from Christmas last year.

I didn't really plan any of this out ahead of time, I just sort of jumped right in.

Basically, I selected my photos and popped them into the polaroid maker, one at a time. Then, I arranged each picture in a word document and printed them off onto a sheet of cardstock. After cutting out the pictures, I was ready to create.

You can enjoy this experience with me....or use it as a tutorial to create your own!!


Glitter (any color will work, I just like CTMH's prisma glitter because it is sort of white)
glue stick
fixative (I used hair spray)
hot glue gun or stapler
scrap of cardstock to use as a mask
buttons, more ribbon for a hanger

I ran a strip of glue along the white edges of the polaroid. I guess you could leave them plain and they would look really cool, I just wanted them to sparkle.

Sprinkle with glitter, shaking off the excess. I glittered a bunch and then I sprayed each one with some hair spray to fix the glitter in place. I cut a square of cardstock to lay over the picture part before spraying the hair spray. It caused a bit of discoloration to the printer ink.

After all the pictures were glittered, I created a loop using ribbon to hang the photos from. First I tried a looked alright, but I eventually switched to hot glue, it held the ribbon better. I guess I could have put black cardstock on the back to cover the glue spot, but I am not too worried about that showing.

Then I created a little hanger for the garland. Seriously, this is one of those things I bought like 3 years ago. I used a tiny bit of it for something and then I have saved the rest thinking that I would eventually find a use for it, and now it finally has a use! I glued buttons along the sequined ribbon.

Then I glued the ribbon loops to the buttons. I had many more photos than space on the garland.....

...So I put the rest on my Christmas tree.....

....They match the glittered snowflakes and start on top!

Oh, and I really love stockings and santa hats....I have tons of them hanging up this year!

I am feeling really generous this year...I decided to share a sheet of printable ornament polaroids with you. You could print this out a couple of times and use it to make your own garland. Remember, if you don't have that sequined ribbon that I used as a hanger, any ribbon would work...even a strand of white lights would be pretty!!

Click here for your own free printable. Here is a peek at the ornament polaroid sheet:

Don't want to make garland? Use the free printable to make some holiday cards....

Or a gift bag and tag. I white embossed a white elephant on one of the photos for a great little tag!

I would love to see what you make with the printable. Please leave me a link. I would also love to see any other DIY Christmas projects you have been working on. Have fun!!


{melissa} said...

that garland is genius! Thanks for the inspiration, definitely have add this to the list!!

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh this is brilliant. and your free pic is just darling what you did with it!!!

Krista Ritskes said...

What a neat idea! Love your free picture, too bad we don't have a colour printer or I would definitely make use of it, somehow. Your photography is gorgeous, by the way.

sharyncarlson said...

Wow, I am so in love with your glittered polaroids. I really want to do this project now. Thanks for the inspiration!

photographybykristin said...

AMAZING! Love it!!!!!

whoistracy said...

Oh my this is just the CUTEST idea! I love it!!

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Anonymous said...

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