Creative DIY ideas for your travel photography

 Hey guys! It’s guest post time: so, today, fellow-traveller Colin Houghton has dropped us a super-useful post about what to do with all those awesome holiday snaps. I definitely need to get cracking with some of these ideas, I have zillions of pics from my travels…good job I have a lovely blog to put them on hehe.

So, enjoy mateys!

Love and retro-cameras Em xoxo

Sunglasses beach view

This article looks at what to do when you’ve come home from your holiday abroad, be it a beach holiday in Marbella or a trek across the Andes. You may not be old enough to remember people holding presentations of their holiday snaps in slide form; inviting friends neighbours and family around to have an evening of wine, nibbles and a seemingly endless parade of slides projected onto a wall or screen. This was pre-digital, and there was a feeling that as you’d had to pay for some 8 reels of 36 shot film to be developed and made into slides, then each and every one of them would be shown! Not good.

These days you can be much more discerning about which holiday photos to keep, or at least which ones to show people. But the days of gathering everyone round to inflict your holiday photos on them is long gone. A far better way to present them is in small numbers, 2 or 3 at a time, over a period of time, on social networking sites. It holds people’s interests and encourages comment. So far so good- but is there anything more inventive, more creative that you can do with your holiday images?

Photo slides vintage

Instead of the gaudy standard postcards you can buy at the local shop on holiday showing a view of the bay taken some twenty years ago, why not make and send your own postcards?  There are online sites, such as Snapfish, where you can upload a photo you have taken from your digital camera, add a message and a recipient, and have it made into a postcard, stamped and sent… all while you are still abroad on holiday!

Upon returning from a holiday to Havana, Cuba, I threw a Cuban related party with Cuban rum, cocktails, posters of Che Guevara, Salsa music… and of course photographs from my holiday. I had the best photos made into sets of 6 inexpensive coasters. These then had answers on the back to a set of questions I read out about Cuban history. The quiz went down well, with anyone who thought they had the right answer holding up their coaster. If they gave a wrong answer, then they had to finish off their cocktail!  Naturally I also blew up the best picture to a poster sized photo that still hangs on the wall. That’s the great thing about high resolution digital photography. You can blow up a picture to a large size without loss of crispness (depending on what setting you took the picture of in the first place.)

holiday pictures on canvas

Memories of holidays fade, but if you use a calendar, then have 12 of your best pictures turned into a personalised calendar, so every day as you mark off the calendar, you are looking at, and reminded of, your holiday experiences.

You can also have your images made into ornaments. These can be placed on a Christmas tree (if you’ve been to Scotland or another country where you’ve taken some nice snow scenes) or strung out around a room as personalised holiday bunting.

If you like Texas Hold Em, than have your photos turned into playing cards, so that the next time you assemble a Poker School at your place, you can use cards that will remind you of your holiday.

add your own poker face

add your own poker face

People still love jigsaw puzzles. Have a holiday photo made into a large jigsaw puzzle and have it out on the dining room table. You’ll be surprised at how many visitors will be tempted to place at least one jigsaw piece.. And many will have to be pulled away from it lest they complete it!

your face in a jigsaw puzzle

Did you know that you can have your images transferred to material? And I don’t just mean T-Shirts, I mean to squares of fabric that can then be used to create a quilt. Even if you are not a quilter, you can have a quilt made from your holiday photo squares. That means each time you slip under the duvet you’ll be reminded of your holiday.

Finally, the ubiquitous fridge magnet. Why put up with a common or garden standard one from your holiday, which countless other people also have. Create your own fridge magnets using your images. It’s easy and there are sites on the internet that show you how to do it, or will create them for you for a reasonable price.

add your picture to magnets

In these creative ways, your holiday memories will last longer and you’ll be admired for being a bit different, and making your holiday photos more accessible and interesting to those around you. 🙂

You’ve gotta love taking pictures, so get snapping and make a fun project out of it! 😀


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I'm Emma, I'm 29 and I am a Gohemian. I am fueled by my passion to travel all over the world and to help others reach their dreamy, sparkly goals (no matter how scary they are). GohemianTravellers celebrates ambition, personal development and happiness and offers bucket loads of advice to travellers and quarter-life crisis survivors (just like me)! Life is all about the GoGo! So let's GO!
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3 Responses to Creative DIY ideas for your travel photography

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