What's the point of taking all those deeply soulful pictures of your feet or whatever if you're never going to print them out? It's strange that in these days of unmitigated access to cameras we hardly ever see our photographs on anything but our screens. Well, no more. It's time to start using our photo's to decorate our own wall's, not Facebook's. Here are four stylish ways of printing your photos and turning them into art. Because yes, you're Instagrams are that good.
WOOD BLOCK PHOTO PRINTS
Getting your snaps printed onto tiny wooden blocks is perhaps the cutest way of keeping them forever and ever. Hey Harriet, above, does all the hard work for you for about €14 a block. You send them the snaps and they print them, apply them onto wood with crafty wizardry and send them back to you ready to hang or sit around your home. And probably a gallery someday. Yeah, the way the light hits my toe...definitely a gallery.
Photographer Patrick Lajoie, below, also offers custom option on his beautiful circular wood block prints, but to be honest his own snaps are so pretty it would be hard to bypass them.
PHOTO PRINTED PILLOWS AND CUSHIONS
Want to get closer to pictures of you loved ones? Waaay closer? Creepy closer? Then photo pillows are for you. Finch and Cotter, above, have managed to turn the idea into something far less Single White Female than you'd think. The pillowcase is an actual postcard; it's posted in clear plastic so the customisable address and message are visible to Mr Postman. Coming in under €35 they're pretty much cheaper than getting a pic printed and framed and way more inspired. Baron de Labry, below, will print you Instagram prints onto square throw cushion for around €27.
PERSONALISED PRINTED EMBROIDERY HOOPS
Just when embroidery hoops were slipping out off my radar, Lanas Crespo, comes up with these gorgeous photo printed hoops, above, which she embroiders with sweet little symbols. Available in three sizes, you simply send Lanas the photo you want and come up with a quirky shape that she will embroider on - or pick from one of her templates - for less than €40. If you're feeling crafty, Paper and Stitch have a good tutorial on how to make your own and if you need some inspiration, check out photographer Jillian Audrey's gorgeous printed hoops, below.
Photo blocks are a cute play on our childhood building blocks. Sintwister, above, offers thoroughly customisable versions that can be personalised with your own photos, quotes and themes. These would be great gift for anyone desk-bound although they cost around €250 for 20 customised blocks. A cheaper alternative comes from Imagine It Blocks, below. For around €20 they'll make you 6 four sided blocks, below. You send them 6 photos and any other details like a name or date and they do the rest. Sweet.
Worth the effort or is social media the modern photo frame? Let us know what you think.
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