Create clever Christmas gifts with children’s class photographs.
Shortly before Christmas vacation, and just in time for holiday gift-giving, school-aged children usually bring home bulging envelopes of professional portraits. What creative ways might you present these annual preschool, elementary school and high school portraits to aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers and other loved ones at Christmas?
Children love giving Christmas and holiday gifts to loved ones, particularly when they can help to create each item. Try these eight super-simple school picture surprises for holiday giving. Every single photo craft project requires little or no artistic ability or crafty talent.
- Bonus bookmarks – Trim single sheets of heavy cardstock paper to create four bookmark strips apiece. Glue a wallet-sized school portrait to each bookmark. Enlist children to write personal messages on each one. Laminate these school portrait bookmarks by covering fronts and backs with wide clear packing tape. Trim edges neatly. Use a hole punch to create a hole in the top of each photo bookmark. Add a pretty ribbon, and tie the bookmark onto a Christmas or holiday gift for someone special.
- Crafty coffee mugs – Purchase several simple snap-together plastic mugs from the craft or discount store, or order them online. Stick the child’s school portrait inside, between the cup and the lining. Add a special greeting or original artwork by that child. Fit the mug pieces together. Snap it, and wrap it for Christmas.
- Festive frames – Enlist the children to create cute frames for their school pictures by trimming the front pages of old Christmas and holiday cards. Choose cards with simple patterns or bordered designs to fit the photos. Glue a school picture on each cut-out card front. Seal the photo card by sandwiching it between two pieces of clear contact paper, or place it inside a simple and inexpensive picture frame.
- Great gift tags – Look for economical luggage tags at the dollar or discount store. Fit the smallest wallet-sized school photos inside the luggage tags, and use them as holiday gift tags on loved ones’ Christmas presents.
- Keepsake key chains – Buy several plastic photo key chains, and display children’s school photographs in them. Present these to family members and special friends from the children as Christmas gifts.
- Mighty magnets – Reuse unwanted advertising magnets by gluing them to the backs of children’s school portraits. Loved ones will enjoy receiving these as Christmas gifts and seeing your children’s smiling faces on their refrigerators, office file cabinets and other frequented locations all year long.
- Photo ornaments – Grab some plastic holiday cookie cutters. Trace the cookie cutter shapes onto the backs of the children’s school pictures, and cut them out carefully. Use a hot-melt glue gun to affix the cut-out photos to the cookie cutters. Tie each cookie cutter at the top with yard or cording to create a cute Christmas tree ornament for gift-giving. (Be sure to write the child’s name, school grade and year on the back of the photo.)
- Santa’s snow globes – Around Christmas time, craft shops and discount stores usually offer do-it-yourself snow globe kits. The components snap apart easily, so you can insert your own photo into the inner slot. Personalize these with children’s school portraits for family members and friends. Picture-perfect school portrait gifts will make holiday recipients smile too.
Children’s school picture are super for holiday gift-giving, especially for parents and grandparents, and these simple projects turn those photos into memorable presents.