DIY INSTAX Photo Holders

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This has probably been our first summer that felt less like I was “babysitting” my boys and more like we were “adventuring”. They are both now at the age where we don’t bring a stroller, we don’t need to pack a million snacks, we don’t change diapers–we just go…and do (sometimes at a moment’s notice).  We’ve had beach days and farm days and picnic days and lake days and lazy days. And we have had an absolute blast bringing our Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera along for the ride to capture our adventures.

One of our favorite things to do this summer was to create crafts using mementos from our adventures.  We made foraging baskets to collect shells on our beach trips.  We decorated and painted sticks we collected from a picnic.  We started  collecting and polishing rocks we found on our hikes.  And just the other day I designed these fun photo holders for the boys to keep their favorite pictures in.  These ones are staying on our fireplace so I left them plain.  But the boys have been painting some very colorfully to keep in their rooms.

This project is so simple!  All you need are a few inexpensive supplies and 5-10 minutes, seriously!
Floral wire
1-2 inch wooden cubes
Scissors or wire cutters
You can purchase wooden cubes in the unfinished wood section of your local craft store.  However, they were out of stock when I went so I ended up at the hardware store.  I grabbed a long square post (1 inch cubed) and I had them cut it down for me for only a few cents per cut.  This is a great route to take if you are making a large quantity of photo holders.

Floral wire is very thin and easy to manipulate so you won’t have any trouble shaping it.  First, I shaped a heart and left a long tail (10 inches) of excess wire on the end.
 Then I followed the same step and made a second heart over the top of the first.  I wrapped the end around the stem and cut off the excess wire.
Next, I used my pushpin to create a hole for the wire in the middle of my block.
Fit the wire into the hole; add a photo and then you’re done! I told you that was a cinch!
On my next round of these I am going to color block them with acrylic paint in fun colors.  I can’t wait to see how they turn out. Other great ways to utilize this DIY:

  • wedding place cards
  • centerpieces
  • display your favorite quotes
  • church craft activity
  • baby shower favors


Be sure to check out my other DIY project using photos from our INSTAX adventures here.
You can learn more about my camera here: Fujifilm Instax Camera.
What are your favorite summertime activities for little ones?
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Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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  1. This is adorable, Ashley! I made something similar for our summer pics, and Kingston loves looking at them! Our fav summer activity is a slow morning at the beach. 🙂

  2. Of course a favorite summertime activity involves water – whether it is dipping toes into the ocean or a sprinkler ! love the wood hanging photo mobile – so cool !

  3. My favorite is going to the park.

  4. Playing in the sprinklers and popsicles!

  5. going to the pool or playing in sprinklers!!

  6. The thing that my little one and I love to do is going to the book store or library every Saturday morning. We literally stay there for hours at a time just reading and reading books to each other. The other thing we love doing is going to the park and playing soccer. Love both of those things because they’re great ways to get him out of the house and out from in front of a screen (that goes for both of us, actually). AND THEY ARE BOTH FREE!

  7. My favorite summer time activity to do with little ones is go to movies under the stars, visit the zoo and go swimming at the pool.

  8. Our favorite summertime activities are swimming and gardening.
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  11. I like to take my kids swimming and on nature walks.

  12. We love swimming, camping, boating and going to the park and having a picnic!

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  14. we like biking and swimming

  15. Jessica To says:

    We like swimming and playing corn hole in the yard.

  16. Steve Weber says:

    I love playing at the beach

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  17. Kerrie Mayans says:

    Our favorite thing to do is to meet friends from our mom’s group at the park on Wednesdays for a picnic lunch and an afternoon of playing with our friends.

  18. My favorite summer time activities with my 4 little ones are going to different parks!

  19. Tracy Abraham says:

    Going to the zoo and swimming after!

  20. Ellie Wright says:

    I go to all of my 2 grandson’s little League games in spring and summer. I love baseball!!

  21. Ellie Wright says:
  22. My favorite summer time activity to do with little ones is to go for family bike rides!

  23. Elizabeth pergande says:

    I would take pictures of my kids.

  24. Elizabeth pergande says:
  25. We love going hiking and swimming!!

  26. Anastasia Falling says:

    I love just getting out to the park with the kids! Lots of pretty landscape, toys to play on and shady places to sit and enjoy the weather 🙂

  27. they love going to park and just having fun

  28. I like taking my child to the park and take little hikes together.

  29. Favorite summer activity is swimming!

  30. Our favorite summer time activity is getting to visit the library often and reading as many books together as possible.
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  31. I like taking my daughter to the aquatics center to swim

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  35. Nancy Loring says:

    I have always taken my kids hiking since they could walk. We live in northern New Hampshire and the scenery is beautiful. My kids get to lean about rocks and plants and sometimes we even get to see wildlife like moose and bears. Hiking is such a great way to keep my kids outdoors during the summer.

  36. Nancy Loring says:
  37. Love, love, love your little picture holders! My favorite summertime activity with littles is going to the pool. Wears them out like nothing else!

  38. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like going to the beach.

  39. Margaret Smith says:

    Going to the playground and going to the lake. Thanks so much.

  40. Margaret Smith says:
  41. Great way to display your pictures! One of my favorite family-friendly summer activities is going for walks, where we can pick the flowers and watch for bugs and birds, and discuss which ones we see at any given time to mark the movement through the season.

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  43. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My kids favorite summer time activity is going to the lake and swimming and fishing!

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  45. I like going to the beach.

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  47. What a cute idea! Thank you for sharing the tutorial! It’s so easy, I have all the ingredients ^^ Gonna try it with other shapes!

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