How To Embellish Treasured Family Photos

Are your treasured family photos hiding away in photo albums? Show them off with a modern and colourful make over.Penelope Quinn shows us how!

Last week, Blog Society and Unleash Creative teamed up to host the Etsy Craft Party – a one-day global celebration designed to connect crafters, makers and anyone else who wants to push their creative boundaries. This year’s theme was 'Recapture: Bringing New Meaning to Old Photographs'; we were asked to bring a photograph that had special memories, and spent a fun night transforming them into new handmade heirlooms using just a needle and thread, paint and glitter pens!  

Once you start using this method, you’ll find it very hard to stop – and once you’re finished, the photos make a beautiful present or can be turned into a card for someone special. They also look beautiful framed, which is exactly what I’ll be doing with mine!

  1. First, find a photo that has special meaning for you. I decided to use a wedding photo of my Nana from the 50s.
  2. Photocopy your photo. You can use the original, but if its a precious photo that you can’t replicate, I’d recommend photocopying it to practice first.
  3. Place your photo on some thick cardboard. Lay over tracing paper, and use sticky tape to hold it together.
  4. Using a pencil, trace some designs. Get creative!
  5. Then, using a thumb-tack or pin, press holes where you would like to sew. This makes it easier to push through the needle and also prevents you from ripping or damaging the paper.
  6. You may find it’s easier to split the embroidery thread in two, depending on the eye of your needle. Then, it’s time to embellish. I decided to accent the beautiful flowers in the bouquet and her hair. You could also do shapes, lines or boarders.
  7. You can also use a glitter pen and paint to accent different parts. The hardest part is knowing when to stop.

Thanks to EtsyWork-Shop, and Blog Society for hosting this year’s Craft Party!!

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