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9 Incredible Ways to Make Your Photo Gifts Pop

Photo gifts are by far the best gifts to both give and receive. They are meaningful, can be personalized, and the gift focuses on what matters most – those relationships and special moments you’ve shared.

This year, for Father’s Day, we’ve teamed up with Shutterfly to take your photo gifts to a whole new level! We’re sharing 9 incredibly easy projects that can be done in five minutes or less that will make your photo gifts pop!

These amazing (and SO EASY) DIY ideas will take an ordinary photo gift to a personalized level in minutes (or seconds). Perfect for Father's Day or other gifts.

9 Incredible Ways to Make Your Photo Gifts Pop


1. Scrabble Messages Photo Cube

He’ll love the photo cube to adorn his desk or nightstand. It’s a great way to make a unique statement with some of dad’s favorite pictures and memories. Adding a little personalization can take it to the next level.

To personalize a photo cube, just use a little dab of mod podge or hot glue to tack on an assortment of scrabble letters to add your own special message. We added “We Love You Dad” to make a sentimental gift he will treasure.


2. It’s From Me Photo Mug

Spoil dad with an assortment of pictures of all of his favorite people. Then, add a few signatures or a quick note from each person next to their picture for a gift loaded with sentiment. Plus, you can order the photo mug with Ghirardelli chocolates inside!

Design a photo mug with a picture from each of the children or every member of the family. The Love Stamp Mug is a great one for this as you can add words and pictures! Let each family member sign the mug by their picture using an oil based paint marker. Then bake the mug at 350°F for 30 minutes, then allow to cool. Hand wash the mug to keep your design in good condition.


3. Heartstrings Desktop Plaque

Adding an extra element to the gift will give it texture and make the gift seem like you put in a ton of time and thought, when really the gift was a cinch to put together and easy to add a little extra.

We picked a Bracket Shaped Desktop Plaque and added a favorite photo. We also used Shutterfly’s text personalization tool to add a message to dad, too. From there, just string twine or embroidery floss across the front of the photo gift and add a charm that fits the occasion.


4. Handprint Photo Mug

Won’t dad love a personalized mug with a handprint to remind him of one of his favorite people each morning or at the office? It’s a cute and easy way to preserve the size of those tiny hands on something practical and useful.

To customize a photo mug, we started with this design, just add your favorite picture or two. Keep in mind some spacing for a handprint when you’re selecting your photos to use. Use acrylic paint to add a handprint right to the mug. Bake the mug at 350°F for 30 minutes, then allow to cool. This will cure the paint. Hand wash to keep the design looking pristine.


5. Handwritten Sentiment on Desktop Plaque

This idea will leave dad with a sweet message and preserve your handwriting in a special way. It will easily become a gift he will treasure.

Start by printing up your favorite, meaningful, photo on a desktop plaque. Use an oil based paint pen to leave a message that will last. We have a saying in our home that each name is our “favorite” person in the whole wide world with that name. So do let dad know he is really the best, we wrote on “Our Most Fave Dad” with a silver paint pen to give a special shine to the print.


6. Clock Wood Wall Art

What better way to remind dad of all your favorite times together then with a personalized photo clock that’s custom made! The Wood Wall Art turned out amazingly beautiful! I knew this would be a precious keepsake.

We customized our wood wall art print by adding a clock kit and drilling through the print just big enough to accommodate the clock kit. Keep in mind when choosing the clock hands that sizing is important. The hands will need to make a full circle, starting at 12 and moving all the way around and back up to 12. You can measure how much space you have available, and choose hands at least half the total size to make sure you have enough room for the clock hands to make their circle around the hours. We went with small 2.5″ hands.


7. DAD Photo Collage

My boys love to make big posters to celebrate each birthday, so when it came time to brainstorm for Father’s Day, I knew they would love creating big cutout letters spelling “Dad” and adding a special touch with photos adds a finished look to the gift.

Begin by printing 100 or so of your favorite pictures of your favorite memories with dad. I choose to print all of my images in black and white and with a .2″ white border to give them a cohesive look and feel. Cut out big letters from cardboard, then glue each picture framing out the letters to make a customized collage.

If you’re short on time, Shutterly’s Collage Posters can have a lasting impact and save time.


8. All Glittered Up Paper Weight

A paperweight is a really unique gift as it’s not the first photo gift idea that comes to mine, and it’s helpful! Making it customized with a photo will let him show off his favorite people to his coworkers.

Shutterfly has some really cute paperweights to choose from, pick a square, dome, or heart shape and customize with your own pictures or phrases. I personalized the Love Script design with the Heart shape. Apply a thin layer of mod podge around the base of the paper weight. Sprinkle glitter until generously and allow to dry. Make homemade cards and stack them under the paper weight, and leave it on his desk, for a welcomed surprise!


9. Photo Blanket Wrapped Gift

Dad will love cuddling up with a soft blanket that holds a personal meaning to him. This gift was focused all around one of my husband’s favorite activities – movie night!

First, you will customize a Woven Photo Blanket, then use it to wrap up a gift to coordinate. We created a movie watching bundle that we can all enjoy with dad as we snuggle up on the couch with the gorgeous new blanket.


Watch Us Personalize 4 of these Photo Gifts

In this quick 1-minute video, we’re demonstrating how we personalized a couple of the gifts shown above! If you want to see the DIY’s come to life, hit play!


Picking the Perfect Photo Gifts

Open your photo galleries and get ready to be inspired for your own DIY projects to make a photo gift for dad this year. Just flipping through your photos will start inspiring you for the perfect gift around that absolutely perfect photo that holds those precious moments that will be the most meaningful part of the gift.

When you’ve found your perfect photo, try one of our easy DIY’s above to really take your photo gift to the next level, or try something you think up. Either way, that little extra something will take your already meaningful Father’s Day gift and create something he will cherish for years to come.

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