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Creative Ways to Display Those Special Photos
Framing and hanging your prized photographs is always an effective way to display and enjoy them. There are many ways to place them on the wall for variety and to fit the space you're trying to fill. But there're also so many other ways to present those treasured photos that will add an array of variety to your decor.
Take a mirror, for example. You can turn a mirror into an incredible picture frame. First, find a framed mirror that will compliment the style of your furnishings. If you're unable to find one that you like already framed, buy the frame you want and have a piece if mirror cut to fit. Select the picture you want to "frame" in the mirror. Based on the personality of the picture, decide what shape you want around the picture. Lightly draw the shape on the back of the mirror. Then, using a razor blade, carefully remove the silver backing. Take care to make the opening smaller than the picture you're using or use a matte behind the picture for a finished appearance. Tape the picture and the matte to the back of the mirror. When finished, you'll have a very unique and beautiful piece of art.
Shadow boxes aren't just for things. They're a perfect vessel for your prized photos. Shadow boxes are intended to be theme-oriented. Whether you're a professional photographer or an avid amateur photographic enthusiast, you'll take pleasure in a well-done shadow box. Gather together some of your most special pictures and photography items, such as a camera, camera case, and film. Arrange them in the shadow box and display them predominantly for all to enjoy.
A serving tray is another unconventional means of displaying your treasured images. These are particularly nice for photographers who take pictures of such things as flowers and botanicals. The trays can be purchased finished or unfinished at craft stores. They can also cut a piece of glass for you to fit inside the tray. Finish the tray, if needed, then place your photographs on the tray and cover with the glass. If you don't glue the pictures down, you can change them periodically, changing the appearance of the tray. Take your camera bag, your camera and other accessories and spend some time getting those great floral shots to keep changing your tray's pictures.
Wearable art is very popular. You can make your own by scanning your picture onto fabric sheets using your computer and an ink jet printer. Once you get the picture copied onto the fabric, you can place it on a number of items...shirts, hats, totes, jackets. Bedding is a wonderful and interesting medium for picture transfers. Select some of the best pictures of a couple's wedding and transfer the images onto a set of lovely sheets and pillowcases. Or, consider making them a wedding quilt with those same photographs. Either one would make a most memorable gift for the newlyweds.
Put your camera and accessories in your camera case and start shooting. The more pictures you take, the more likely you are to find those pictures worthy of being placed on that set of sheets or the serving tray. Take all the pictures you can and display them uniquely, with flair. Use your imagination and have fun.
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