Fresh ideas with photos

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Think outside the box and turn your favourite memories into works of art with canvas, vinyl and even rice paper.

Home is where the heart is

Print your favourite Instagram photos of friends and family as polaroids and display them in a heart shape on a wall. Various companies such as nifty250 offer this service. TIP Struggling to arrange the heart shape against the wall? Lay the pictures out on a flat surface before fixing them to the wall.

For a more durable option, have your special moments printed on wooden blocks and build a memory wall in your dining room. If you like the look of this room, check out the rest of the house in the May edition of Home mag.

Sitting pretty

Try this new take on vintage! Unearth all your old black and white family photographs and have them printed on canvas, then use this to upholster the backrests – or even seats – of your dining room chairs. Use a different pic on each chair to make a statement! Alternatively, use the canvas to make one-of-a-kind pillowcases.

Candid camera

Here’s a nifty idea: frame a photo of your loved one with this heart-shaped ‘camera lens’ cut from cardboard. Attach it to your camera lens with an elastic band – and shoot away.

Here’s how: measure the diameter of your lens and draw it on a piece of cardboard. Then draw a bigger circle around it and cut it out. Cut straight lines from the outer circle to the line of the smaller circle for easy folding and then cut the heart shape by folding the cardboard in two and cutting only one side of a heart. When you fold it open, it will be a full heart shape. Bend the strips down and around your lens and secure it with an elastic band.

Picture perfect

A photograph printed on rice paper is the easiest way to jazz up a cake for a special occasion. Use bought icing sugar flowers and letters to finish off the look. Get your rice paper printing done at specialist baking stores; otherwise, ask at the bakery counter in your local supermarket – some of them do offer the service.

Decoupage a photo on a bedside table for a personal touch. Do it yourself with our step-by-step guide in the May issue of Home mag.

Photographs Francois Oberholster

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