Photo Craft Tutorial: How to Gift Wrap an Unframed Photograph

October 28, 2011 · 7 comments

in Crafts,Inspiration,Lifestyle,Tutorials

With Christmas coming up, and the lasting effects of the recent global recession most of us have experienced, you can still have a relatively cheap Christmas filled with all the joy of giving gifts. How? By giving your family and friends signed unframed photographic prints. As we all know, prints are flimsy and easily damaged, so here’s how you can create beautiful, protective gift-wrapping for your works of art.

You will need:

Cardboard tube from the inside of a Roller Towel, Tin Foil, Cling wrap etc

Old photos, that you are prepared to cut up



Contact adhesive paper

Clear cellophane wrapping paper

Pretty ribbon

Step 1:

Cut the old photos to size, long enough to wrap around the diameter of the tube.

If you don’t want to use old photos to cover the tube, you could also use pictures from magazines, gift-wrap, or decorative tape as shown here

Step 2:

Glue the photos onto the tube.

Step 3:

Cut a rectangle of contact adhesive so it wraps around the tube, covering all the photos, and overlaps the edges by at least 1cm.

Peel back about 3cm of the protective paper, and stick down on the tube in a straight line.

Now slowly peel back the rest of the paper, sticking and smoothing out as you go.

Use the scissors to cut the contact adhesive, and fold the flaps inside the tube.

Step 4:

Select a print that matches your customized phototube.

Step 5:

Insert the photo into the tube, by rolling it with the image on the inside.

Step 6:

Cut a large rectangle of the clear cellophane, with the edges at least 10cm longer than the tube on all sides.

Twist the edges on both sides, so it now resembles a giant Christmas cracker.

Tie the ribbon around the twisted cellophane, and add a gift tag.

That’s it! The perfect gift for someone special!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Erika van Zyl October 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

What a stunning idea!

rikki hibbert October 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Thank you! x

Karien van der Merwe October 31, 2011 at 9:30 am

Brilliant idea! I’m definitely going to try it out, thx ;)

Karien van der Merwe October 31, 2011 at 9:31 am

p.s. I love the website! Oh my awesomeness ;)

rikki hibbert October 31, 2011 at 9:34 am

Thanks Karien! :-)

Tina October 31, 2011 at 10:20 am

What a fab gift! Yep got some nice pics I will use. Tx

rikki hibbert October 31, 2011 at 11:55 am

Thanks Tina! Will make Christmas a bit cheaper this year! ;-)

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