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For the Besties: 10 Unique DIY Photo Crafts to Chronicle Your Friendship

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I’ve moved around a lot in my life. I’ve had best friends here and there — some since childhood and some that I met later in life. But the same thing holds true for all of them: I value our friendships!

For the Besties 10 Unique DIY Photo Crafts to Chronicle Your Friendship

When it comes to finding the perfect gifts for my besties, I like to do something a little personalized. I’ll let family members buy them underwear; I want a lasting gift that is a memory for us to share. If you are looking for gift ideas for your best friends, check out these 10 unique DIY photo crafts. You can use these ideas to remember specific events (hello, Destin Spring Break!) or just to tell them that you love them.

And you probably have a lot of these photos on your phone, right? It’s time to grab your craft supplies, as well as your HP wireless printer and your smart phone. With a few touches, you can send your favorite photos directly to your printer from your phone. Then you can being crafting immediately.

Click through below to check out these great ideas!

  • Cute Coasters 1 of 10
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    Personalized coasters with your favorite photos of your besties are always a great gift idea. Here's how to make them!

     

    Supplies:

     

    • Tiles (I got mine for like 20 cents each from Home Depot. They are 4.5″x4.5″)
    • Cardboard
    • Decorative (Scrapbook) Paper
    • Matte Mod Podge
    • Hard Coat Mod Podge
    • Scissors
    • Pen/Pencil
    • Camera
    • Photographs (You'll take them, then you'll need to print them)
    • Cork board
    • Adhesive Spray

    First start by digging up some fun photos of you and your friends! Or you can always do a new photo shoot - that is up to you! Print them out in a 4×6. Trim the photos to fit the tiles.

     

    Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge onto your tile using a foam brush. Lay the photo onto the tile, centering it and smoothing out all of the air bubbles.

     

    After using the Mod Podge, both here and once you paint it on top of the photo, check the ends of your tiles to be sure that there aren't any drips. You can just wipe the Mod Podge off when it's wet, but not once it dries.

     

    Repeat the previous steps until you have all of your photos cropped and adhered to the tiles. Once the Mod Podge is completely dry (if you go too early, your photos will slip out of place), paint a layer of decoupage medium over the top of the photo. Do this for each tile. Use long brush strokes, going from top to bottom or bottom to top, so that you don't have smudge marks from the Mod Podge in the middle of your tiles.

     

    Let the Mod Podge dry (about 20 minutes), then give the coaster another five coats.

     

    The tops of the coasters are done. Since the bottom of a tile is not exactly smooth, and thus isn't very good for a tabletop, I decided to put a layer of corkboard on the bottom of each tile. To do this, lay your tile on the cork board and trace around the edges.

     

    Cut out the square.

     

    I used adhesive spray to glue the cork board to the tiles. Spray the top of the corkboard with the adhesive spray. Lay the tile over the corkboard.

     

    It won't stick without some pressure, so you'll have a little bit of time to move the tile around before it's adhered for good. Repeat until all of your tiles have a cork bottom.

    You're done!

  • Burlap Wreath 2 of 10
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    This beautiful wreath is made using burlap ribbon - just tie on your favorite friend photos using tags.

    Find the how to at Thistlewood Farms

  • Personalized Keychains 3 of 10
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    Use these custom, printable leather keychains to commemorate special photos, concert tickets, inside jokes and more.

    Find the how-to at HP Create

  • Instagram Bookmarks 4 of 10
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    I'm always taking Instagrams of my and my besties! Now you can make them into useful bookmark gifts.

    Get the tutorial at HP Create

  • Photo Booth 5 of 10
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    Is your best friend a pooch? That's okay! Use this to show your love for furry friends or humans.

    See how it was done at HP Create

  • Silhouette Art 6 of 10
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    Turn your favorite image of you and your bestie into this unique vinyl wall art.

    Get the instructions at Someday Crafts

  • Photo Transfer 7 of 10
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    Transfer your favorite Instagrams and printed photos onto fabric using a photo transfer medium. Then sew a cute pillow!

    See how it was done at Mod Podge Rocks

  • PVC Vases 8 of 10
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    Decoupage your favorite images of you and your bestie onto the sides of PVC vases - then deliver with flowers!

    See how they were made at Mod Podge Rocks

  • Polaroid Magnets 9 of 10
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    Polaroids will always be in style! Turn fun printed photos into cute little Polaroid magnets that make great gifts.

    Get the how to at Dress it Up

  • Photo Album 10 of 10
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    It's really to make a personalized photo album with special memories of your friends - don't forget the inside jokes!

    Learn how they were done at My So Called Crafty Life

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