Photo Booth Strip Holiday Bow DIY

photo booth bow

Here’s another super personalized gift wrap idea to give to someone you love! Have you done those silly photo booth photo strips with a friend before? Maybe you’ve done one in an actual booth, on your computer, or on your iPhone (that’s what I did using the Incredibooth app for iPhone 4). Here’s a way to make a great and really simple bow from that photo that your friend or family member will cherish and be amazed at. Here’s how you do it!

Photo Booth Strip Holiday Bow DIY

– Computer with Photoshop
– scanner (if applicable)
– Color printer
Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®
– scissors
– embellishment for middle of bow (I used a button and a rhinestone)

photo strip layout in Photoshop

Open up your photo strip (mine came in 4 frames via my Incredibooth iPhone app) or scan in your strip. If you don’t have a photo strip, but have different poses of you and your loved one together, you can make your own faux photostrip using those photos in Photoshop. You will just need to make a new layer for each photo and stack them on top of each other to be 4 different poses.

Size down the photo strip so it’s about 1/2″ wide. Make it’s own layer and duplicate that layer and move it down the page to make one long strip. Create a new group or set and drag these layers into this set. At this point, I put these layers into a group, copied that group, and then multiplied the groups across the page.

cut out strips

Print out the page and cut the strips out.

make loop

Use the Tacky Glue to make loops. Let dry.

pinch loop

Pinch the loops and glue in the middle.

stack loop

Stack the loops and glue together. I used 6 loops for my bow.

add detail in middle

Finish your bow off by gluing on a button, rhinestone, or embellishment in the middle.
photo booth bow closeup

Here’s a detail!

photo booth paper chain

Another fun craft would to just make a paper chain with the loops. This would be so fun for a personalized tree for the family or a couple roommates!

Until next time Swellions!


Personalized Name Gift Wrap

Personalized Name gift wrap

Need a totally unique gift wrapping idea this year for your friends and family? It doesn’t get more personalized than by giving them customized name wrapping paper. And it is so quick and easy to do. Here’s how you do it!

Personalized Name Gift Wrap

– Computer with Photoshop
– Color printer
– Gift trimmings
– tape
Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® (optional)

Easy personalized gift wrap photoshop
Open up Photoshop and write a name multiple times in one line adding space in between each name. Duplicate this layer, move below and shift to the left or right slightly so that it gives a more random appearance. At this point, I put these two layers into a group, copied that group, and then multiplied the groups down the page. Really simple, fast and easy.

Personalized Name gift wrap printed out

I printed to a 12 1/4″ x 18″ piece of paper, but you can create your own small packages using 8.5″ x 11″ paper and piecing the paper together with tape. If you want larger paper sizes, try visiting your local copy shop and you can get larger scale printouts for a couple bucks. May seem like a lot for a custom piece of paper, but then again, that’s the same price as a gift bag you pick up to put the gift down in!


Wrap you gift. I accented my gift wrap with a string of red plastic pearls that you can get at the craft store. I wrapped it around 3 times and taped it to the back of my package. I then glued on a bow ornament (an ornament I purchase at Walmart for a $1 and brock off the little ring on top). Voila, a pretty and simple personalized package.

Gift wrapping is probably my favorite crafting activity for the holidays, with ornament making a strong second. I’ve got some more ideas up my sleeve so I intend on sharing more this holiday season!

Until next time Swellions!


P.S. I added this to the following linky parties!

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