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December 11, 2013

Lyrics, photos combine for decor

The holidays are a great time to pull out the old photos and reminisce, but there’s no need to huddle around a dusty album. There are a variety of ways to get them out in the open by making them part of your holiday decorations.

And once you’ve gone through the trouble of scanning and reprinting originals, it’s easy to make duplicates that can be turned into to gifts for family members.

Make a bold, modern statement by printing 4-inch-square photos, connecting them with small plastic clips in a grid shape and hanging it on the wall. A large square is striking, but the clips allow for endless possibilities. A Christmas tree shape, perhaps? Keep things bright with a series of color photographs, or go for a more elegant look with black and white.

For a more traditional look, arrange the photographs in a circle and stick them on a cardboard ring to create a photo wreath. Leave it plain, or decorate with a few sprigs of faux holly tucked among the pictures.

Take the photos off the wall by having them printed on a sofa throw pillow. This project takes a bit more work because it involves printing on fabric, but the result is an unexpected way to showcase favorite family photos.

All three projects below are built around a snippet of the classic song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Incorporating the phrase “through the years we all will be together” in each project adds a bit of color and ties together pictures that span many years.

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WALL GRID

MATERIALS:

n 21 4-by-4-inch photos

n photo clips (mine were called “fotoclips,” purchased from photojojo.com)

n 1 sheet of card stock

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Use word processing or photo editing software to create an 8.25-inch square. Fill with red or the color of your choice. Add white text that reads “through the years we all will be together.” Print and trim to size.

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