25+ Unique DIY Gifts with Photos
Photos are one of the best personalized gifts you can give to someone. In a world where we have all gone digital, it’s nice to receive an actual, hold it in your hand photo. These DIY gifts with photos are great for everyone on your gift-giving list!
We love making handmade DIY gifts around here. There is nothing better than the feeling you get when someone opens up a gift that you made with your own two hands.
Grandparents love when they get handmade gifts like this cute handprint art, and friends and co-workers love these leather cord keepers. But the best gift of all is the gift of memory in photo form.
You can use new photos or old, color or black and white. It really just all depends on your photo display idea and how you want it to look.
If you’re going to use an old photo, scan it into your computer instead of taking a picture of it to copy. Scanning will preserve all the details of the condition of the photo to make it look more like the original.
Now let’s get to the good stuff! Check out these 25+ unique DIY gifts with photos for any gift-giving occasion!
Unique DIY Photo Gifts You Can Make
Birthday DIY: Monthly Photo Frame Display
A monthly photo frame is perfect for displaying the first year of your kiddo's life. I can't think of a grandparent that wouldn't love a gift like this.
DIY Wire Photo Holder
This DIY wire photo holder the perfect quick photo gift that you can whip up easily using copper wire and a small amount of oven-bake clay.
Customize it by stamping on whatever word or letters you want on the base before you bake the clay!
DIY Rustic Picture Frame
This DIY rustic picture frame is so easy to make! We used reclaimed barnwood to build this frame that can hold several pictures.
This is a great DIY photo gift idea because you can swap out the photos whenever you want! Which means that it can be used for years to come.
DIY Instagram Playing Cards
Turn those Instagram photos into a deck of playing cards that go anywhere.
This simple photo gift idea is as easy as downloading playing card printables and your favorite IG photos.
Personalize this gift for anyone on your gift-giving list!
Mod Podge Photo Transfer Canvas
Using Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium, you can take photos and transfer them onto just about anything to give as a gift.
Transfer your favorite photos for gift-giving onto a canvas with this tutorial. A family photo, someone's pet, a picture of their favorite place. The possibilities are endless.
Resin Picture Stand
I love this creative take on the picture stand! She uses resin to make it and adds fun pieces of gold leaf for some extra character.
DIY Photo Transfer Pillows
Make a photo pillow! These are flowers, but you could just as easily do a family pet, a person, or any other object that you can cut around for a pillow form.
Then simply sew them together and add stuffing. Your recipient will have the photo immortalized forever on a cute pillow.
Read more for the tutorial to make this photo gift idea.
Swinging Heart Photo Locket DIY
You don't see a lot of lockets nowadays and I don't know why. They are such wonderful pieces of jewelry with their secret compartment.
You can DIY one for anyone on your gift-giving list. Add a meaningful photo and it will be the best gift they have ever received!
Upcycled Mason Jar Lid Magnets
Let them see the faces they love every day with this cute photo display idea.
Mason jar lids are a perfect size and shape for photo framed magnets. They will look so cute on the fridge and will be seen every day.
Make them for yourself or give them as gifts! Read more to learn how to put them together so that they hold up and last for a long time.
Photo String Art Display
String art is another medium you don't see a whole lot of anymore. You can make such cool designs with just nails and some string.
Make your string art and then add photos by tucking them into the string. It's a creative photo display idea that anyone would love to have!
DIY Family Photo Heirloom Ornaments
I love this photo heirloom ornament idea! What a great way to memorialize family and pass them down from generation to generation.
Transferring photos to fabric is a fairly easy process and with just a little bit of sewing skill, you can add colorful detail to each one.
Read more to learn how to make this great photo gift idea.
DIY Photo Coasters with Resin
No photo gift idea list would be complete with a DIY coaster tutorial. This one takes it up a notch using resin!
Mason jar lids are the perfect size for a coaster and the resin will keep your photos preserved forever.
Read more to learn how to turn your photos into resin coasters to keep for yourself or to give as a gift!
DIY Photo Keychain
Take your favorite photo with you where ever you go with this fun photo display idea.
Transferring your photos to wood takes a little bit of skill, but this tutorial will walk you through how to do it.
They make a great gift for your spouse, parents, grandparents, or your bestie.
DIY Photo Planter
I love this idea! Who doesn't love getting a plant as a gift? It will be even more special when it's in this cute DIY photo planter.
This easy-to-make photo transfer project is great to give to anyone on your gift-giving list. You may want to make a couple for yourself, I know I do!
Read more for the tutorial to make your own.
Easy DIY Wood Photo Transfer
Ditch the boring frame and transfer your photo right onto a wood canvas. No glass to worry about getting broken of having to clean with this photo display idea.
You'll need a sheet of iron-on fabric transfer to make this DIY photo gift idea and your iron. Make sure to seal it after the transfer is done to keep it looking great for years to come.
DIY Photo Puzzle
This unique photo gift idea Is great for everyone on your gift-giving list. It's easy to make and you can customize it to fit the size of your photo as long as it isn't taller than the popsicle sticks.
These would make great stocking stuffers or even table placecards for your holiday dinner! Your guests will love taking home their personalized photo puzzle!
DIY Photo Transfer Clay Gift Tags
I love these clay photo gift tags! What a great way to personalize your gift wrapping and your recipient gets an extra little gift to take with them!
Sculpey clay and T-shirt transfer paper were used to make this cute DIY photo gift idea so that the images stay sharp and clear.
Learn how to make your own with this tutorial.
Mason Jar Photo Frames
Mason jars instantly make you think farmhouse style and believe it or not these mason jars aren't old! They are made to look old using frosted spray paint.
They look great with black and white photos for a vintage look. What a great photo display gift idea for anyone in the family!
Easy DIY Photo Ornaments
This photo gift idea will be loved by one and all! Photos forever memorialized on a Christmas ornament. All you need are wooden Christmas ornament blanks and your favorite photos.
They make great gifts for grandparents, newlyweds, or for a baby's first Christmas. Take a new photo every year and see the progression as time passes and your child grows up. Add them as a gift tag on a present for a personalized gift-wrapping idea.
Denim Photo Frame Out Of Old Jeans
This cute photo display idea is super cute and it's a great way to recycle that old pair of jeans! What a cute gift idea for your favorite teen
You can use belt loops or seams to make your denim picture frame and the tutorial tells you how to get the most out of your scrap denim for this project. I'm searching my closet now for jeans to use!
How to Transfer a Photo to Fabric
Transferring a photo to fabric is really an easy process. It opens up a whole new world when it comes to photo gift-giving.
Add an image to a t-shirt, or a tote bag, or even embellish a favorite piece of clothing. It doesn't have to be a photo of a person. It could be pictures from vacation, their favorite flower, or a loved pet. The possibilities are endless.
Read more to learn how to transfer a photo to fabric.
DIY Embroidered Custom Photo Tote Bags
Custom photo tote bags are a great photo gift idea! You could use a family photo, a photo from vacation, or any other photo image that they will love.
There are services that you can use to create these online and have them shipped to you, eliminating the need to add them to the canvas yourself. Then add a personal touch by embroidering some special details.
Read more to learn where to get these cute bags made!
DIY Mud Cloth Wood Burned Frame
Mudcloth print has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. It's a great design for accent walls, home decor, and even a picture frame.
This gift project is easy to make using an Excel wood burner. It's like the magic marker of wood-burning tools. Simply draw your design with a pencil, then go over it with your tool.
Read more to learn how to make your own to give as a gift with their favorite photo inside.
DIY Photo Ornaments
I love these photo ornaments and they are so easy to make! All you need are some wood blanks and washi tape from the craft store.
These photos are printed using an awesome little printer and you'll have to read the post for all the details on it, but you could also print and cut your photos out yourself if you don't have one of those fancy little gadgets.
Add a washi tape frame and they're ready! They are a great way to immortalize photo memories and make great gift tags too!
Easy Photo Lavender Sachets
Photo lavender sachets, this a fun and unique project that is perfect for anyone. Your kids can even help you make them and give them as gifts to grandparents or family members. Every time they open the drawer they'll be reminded of who gave them that the wonderful-smelling sachet.
This easy-to-make photo gift idea takes an envelope, a piece of fabric, your favorite photo, and lavender. You could even experiment with other great-smelling herbs to make yours.
Read more to learn how to make them yourself!
Printed Leather Jewelry
Can you transfer a picture to leather for a photo gift? Yes, you can!
Make any photo look vintage using the process using transfer paper. The leather will give your photo that aged crinkled look. Pretty cool, I think.
You could use this technique to make a keychain, a necklace, or anything else you can think of that would make a good gift using leather.
Read more for the steps to transfer a photo to leather.
Which of these DIY gifts with photos is your favorite?