Friday, December 19, 2008

Use Old Photos & Canning Lids to Capture Holiday Memories!

Here's another fun DIY Christmas decoration idea that my mom came up with. This has been hanging up in my parents' house for as long as I can remember. She used some old canning lids, felt, and ribbon to capture and display past Christmas memories.

Note that the bottom photo you see here is me and my brother & sister with our new Glow Worms by the Christmas tree. Good times...good times...

If you're not a canner yourself, ask around. You may have some friends or relatives that do canning who might have some lids for you to recycle. Use a circle template (or make one out of scrap cardboard) to make it easy to draw circles on old photos and cut them out to fit the lids. Cut out the photos and glue to the lids. My mom also put some tiny garland trim around the lids, but you could also use glitter, or whatever else you have around.

Cut out your felt pieces to be larger than the diameter of the lids. My mom cut them in a wavy pattern. You could do this, or make them smooth, or use pinking shears for a zig-zag. Line them up and glue the ribbon to the felt, making sure to leave a loop at the top to hang. Then, center your photo lids on the felt and glue down!

My mom also put a "Christmas Past" title on top, and added the year to each photo. If you're a young family just starting to create your holiday memories, leave some extra ribbon and add a new one each year!

This is something that you could really do with any holiday photos as a decoration...Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. Just change the colors of the felt and ribbon to match the season! Sure makes a great decoration to hand on a narrow wall space or post, too!

Hey Mom, got any more of those lids around the house? If so, I'll take 'em! :-)

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