DIY Halloween Costume Challenge: Photo Booth Strip

How to make a DIY photo strip costume

For this year’s Curbly Halloween Challenge, we came up with a simple, classic costume that you can pull together in only a few hours. We made a life-size couple’s photo booth costume that is as easy to do as it is charming. Read on to find out how. 

There’s something undoubtably adorable and nostalgic about a classic black-and-white strip of photos from a good ol’ fashioned booth. We’ve all piled into them with friends, lovers, and maybe even strangers. Continue Reading

How To: Tips For Properly Cutting Photo Mats

properly cutting photo matsIf there is an area of home decor that I need help with, it’s cutting photo mats for improperly-sized art and frames. Seriously. My mats look awful. I get so impatient and just kind of “wing it”. And it totally shows. Thank heavens someone is showing the rest of us how to do it right!     


Once again, Homey Oh My! has won my heart by sharing a super useful tutorial! Head on over there to get the full how-to! Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own Edible Photo Lollipops

created at: 10/28/2012

Okay, you guys. This is just plain cool! Think of all the different images you could turn into candy. THEN… think of all the different occasions you could use said candy! You’ve got party favors for your next, oh, ten parties covered with these bad boys.     

The cool kids at Photojojo have all the deets on turning someone’s face into a lollipop — learn how here!

Mini Polaroid Magnets

created at: 06/14/2011

There is something so classic about Polaroid pictures.  And mini polaroids?  Be still my heart!  Here’s one easy way make your pictures even more memorable.  

Jennifer Kirk was inspired by these Pantone magnets and decided to make her own spin on them.  I’m just loving her creative result.  created at: 06/14/2011

Check out her blog for her tutorial

(found via Design Mom)

Curbly Video How To: Make an Accordion Photo Album

This week marks Curbly’s fourth birthday! We’re pretty excited, and so we’re bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one’s from Curbly’s most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.

This is a really fun and effective way to make a little photo album–all without using glue or adhesive in its construction. It’s a great way to showcase your photography. It also makes a great ‘brag book’ for images of your favorite children–furry or otherwise. Continue Reading

Make Animal Photo Holders

A little strange, a lotta fun, these animal photo holders are a snap to make, thanks to Ohdeedoh for deciphering PhotoJoJo’s ready-made variety. They’re also a fraction of the cost of the latter too!    

Here’s what you need to make some:

  • toys of the 4-legged animal variety
  • small magnets
  • a Dremel tool, or something to cut the animals in half
  • glue
  • this link to OhDeeDoh

How to: Photograph Holiday Light Displays

On Friday, I’m headed to the infamous Dyker Heights Light Display in Brooklyn, and will be taking my new Nikon D90 in tow.

But, no matter how carried away these holidaysters get – one Clark Griswold-disciple reportedly pays more than $5,000 in electricity each season – there’s still a whole lotta black, and very little light, making for some tough shutterbugging.

Thankfully, plenty of master photographers have already thought through the techniques to best capture nighttime light displays. Continue Reading

How To: Paper Silhouette Art

From TimeOut New York, these lively framed paper silhouette in series interact with each other and the wall. A perfect use for a collection of thrifted frames (paint ’em black), and a great way to honor your friends that hate to be photographed, just print ’em, trace ’em, cut and frame!

created at: 2009-10-26


• Old photographs or a camera and printer to make new ones
• Black construction paper
• Scissors
• Tape
• An assortment of picture frames

DIY Photo Reflector.

At the rate folks are cranking out DIY photostudio equipment (here, here, here, and here), it’s entirely possible to create a fully functioning and incredibly lit studio shopping only at home improvement and craft store.

So, add this one to the list. A DIY collapsable photo reflector that looks identical to those sold commercially. Whether its reflectivity is as awesome isn’t clear, but I can’t imagine that shininess is for naught. Continue Reading