I love these ideas, I wish I had known about the vellum idea for my wedding—how beautiful!!!!  Also, the accordian idea I LOVE—I am putting it on my craft list now.  Thank you Martha and the crafs dept. for this!

I love this idea for using your photos (printed on vellum) as a glowing summer centerpiece. Get the full how to here.—–

If you’re throwing a party for someone’s anniversary or birthday, the guest of honor will shine with a set of photo frame lanterns. They consist of three hinged photo frames set around votive candles. The black-and-white photos are printed onto ecru-colored vellum paper, which is translucent enough for the images to be visible by candlelight.

Photo Centerpiece How-To
Disassemble three like-sized frames, setting aside their fronts and discarding their backings. Paint or stain wooden frames desired color; let dry. Upload or scan photographs into a computer. With editing software, make the images black and white, and resize them to fit your frames. Print them onto vellum paper with an ink-jet printer. Slip the images into the frames. Using cloth tape, hinge frames together to form a triangle. Stand frames around a candle in a protective glass holder.

Sources
Colored bookbinding tape; $1.75 per foot; NY Central Art Supply; 800-950-6111 or nycentralart.com.—-

I’ve always loved the sophisticated look of this accordion frame. The photos are printed out on matte inkjet paper and glued to art boards. It’s so simple, but looks like a real work of art. See the how-to for attaching the hinges and mounting the photos here.—-

These frameless photographs are mounted on sturdy art boards and linked by small hinges for an accordion structure. Color and black-and-white snapshots, portraits, and still lifes add to the effect.

Tools and Materials
Small craft brushes
Acrylic craft paint
Precut 5 3/4-by-7 3/4-inch art boards
Decoupage glue
Ruler and pencil
T pin
Screwdriver
Small hinges and screws

Accordion Gallery How-To
Use as many art boards as you like, applying pictures to one or both sides of each panel.

1. On a computer, resize photographs to 5 3/4 by 7 3/4 inches, and print them.

2. Using a small craft brush and the acrylic paint, paint the edges of each board. Let dry.

3. Position one picture on one face of each board. Using another small craft brush, apply decoupage glue to back of each photograph. Attach to a board; let dry. Glue images to reverse sides of boards if desired.

4. Decide upon an order for the photos. Use pencil to mark the placement of the hinges. (Ours were 1 3/4 inches from the top and the bottom of each board and aligned with one edge).

5. With the T pin, bore small holes through the boards where screws will go (this will make it easier to insert the screws). Using a screwdriver, attach the hinges, and link the boards to one another.

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