We take so many pictures. Most of us use our phones and cameras to record our lives. We upload these to computers or laptops, share them with friends and family and use them for slideshows. Kids love to look at the pictures of themselves, family trips, holidays, sporting events and everything else. These simple photo projects will inspire you to display the moments of your life all around your house.

My Year in Pictures

Make a memory book to capture you child’s year. Use photos of each child, report cards, pictures from school or preschool, and awards.

What you will need:

  • Photo album with sticky pages or sleeves
  • Photo glue
  • Glitter pens
  • Scissors
  • Stickers

Use the glitter pen to write each child’s name and the year on the photo album cover. Choose several categories, like school year, dance class, baseball, birthday, holidays, and find the pictures that fit in the categories your child has chosen.

Create a lead page for each category with a picture that expresses the theme. For example, for the school year, the lead page could have the child’s report card and school picture. Glue the leader pictures on the page and use the glitter pen to print the category name.

Your children can cut pictures to fit on the pages, write names of their friends, and add stickers.

Family Memory Book

Choose family vacations, holidays, birthdays, special occasion and other events. Organize the pictures into the events.

What you will need:

  • Photo album with sticky pages or sleeves
  • Photo glue
  • Glitter pens
  • Scissors
  • Stickers
  • Photo Laminate sheets

Choose a family picture for the cover of the photo album. Prepare the picture using photo-laminating sheets, and glue the picture onto the cover of the album. You can add a border of ribbon or fabric as a frame for the picture.

Create a lead page for each event. You can choose a family photo or souvenir, and write the event on the page with glitter pen.

Add photos and stickers to bring your family event to life. Use the glitter pens to write where you where, what activity was the most fun, and what you remember.

Bouquet of Kids

What you will need:

  • Photographs of the children
  • Blunt scissors
  • Craft sticks
  • Colored construction paper
  • Craft glue

Choose a picture of each child that clearly displays their face. Using the scissors, cut a circle around the child’s face. Cut a slightly larger circle from the construction paper and glue the face onto the construction paper. When the face is dry, glue the face onto the top of the craft stick.

Fill a decorative small pot with moss and insert each craft stick into the pot. You have a bouquet of kids.

Picture Frames

What you will need:

  • Craft sticks
  • Cardboard
  • White glue or hot glue gun
  • Decorative: felt cutouts, buttons, puffy paint, craft paints, sequins
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Photo

Make a square using the craft sticks. You can use two craft sticks for a wider frame

Glue the craft sticks together at each end, or joint, of the frame.

Decorate your photo frame with paints, glue on sequins, buttons, or felt cutouts, or add some puffy paint designs. Allow to completely dry.

Make a backing board by tracing an outline of your frame onto cardboard.

Before cutting the cardboard, draw a slightly smaller square inside the outline of the frame. You will want the backing board to be slightly smaller than the frame. Cut the backing board using the smaller outline.

Before you glue the backing board to the frame, choose a photo of your child. Use the backing board cardboard as a guide to trim the photo. You will be gluing the photo to the board inside the frame.    

Glue the backing board on the backside of the frame.

When the frame and backing board are dry, glue the photo inside the frame. You may use Photo Laminate sheets to protect the photo before you glue it into the frame.

To use the frame:

Glue ribbon to each corner of the frame to use as a hanger.

Glue magnetic strips to the frame to hang on a refrigerator.

Use a small plate display stand or small plate hanger.

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