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I made this Halloween photo garland for my kitchen windows a couple years ago and just love it. It makes me get teary-eyed every time I see how these kids have grown. Andrew wouldn’t be caught dead in a cute cuddly elephant costume this year now that he is a cool 9 year old, but boy I’d like to smoosh him into one.
This is so easy to make, it just takes some time.
First I selected the photos I wanted to use from my computer files. I just used random Halloween photos from years past.
I use Picasa to edit my photos and just this year Picasa added even more cool editing choices to make this project easier than ever. To give my selected photos a vintagey, spooky feeling I added a white border and changed the coloring a little.
For this photo, you can see I selected the vignette (which puts that dark shadow around the photo) and added the white border and also chose the Orton-ish option to change the coloring. You can play around with all these options to come up with the look you want.
I had my photos printed out at the one-hour grocery store photo counter and picked up these supplies while I was out.
1. Ribbon and string for the garland. I chose string that had little black plastic balls on it…it works great for this project because it holds the photos where you want them to stay. (Found it at Hobby Lobby.) The ribbons I used for decoration on either side of the garland. (See window pic above.)
2. I used a small hole punch to create a hole in the photo.
3. I bought enough little lanyard-clip thingys to attach the photos to the string. (These are found in the jewelry aisle.)
I punched the holes, put the lanyard thingy in carefully, and strung the photos on the string. I rearranged the photos once I had the beaded string hanging to get the photos somewhat evenly spaced apart.