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How to make an easy Halloween photo garland.

Yesterday I shared photos from our big Halloween party.  Today I wanted to show you how to make this easy photo garland.

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I thought it would be fun to create a garland using photos from our previous Halloween parties, but you could easily do this for any holiday or special occasion.  (Or you could even do it for a random Tuesday, it’s that easy.)

Obviously, the first order of business is to gather your photos.  My personal preference (for Halloween or otherwise) would be to turn them all either black and white or sepia toned.  It creates a cohesive look no matter what the photo or when it was taken. Pin

I turned all of mine into black & white photos and printed them at a 4 x 6 size.  I got some black card-stock and cut it to 5 x 7 pieces.  I simply adhered the photos using double-sided tape.  I totally eyeballed the placement (you know that’s may favorite unit of measurement) then I punched a hole in the top and looped a ribbon through it.

 No photos for this part for some reason, but it’s simple:  To make the garland, I grabbed a stack of coffee filters, fanned them slightly, then lightly spray painted them black along the edges.  When dry, they peel right apart.  I cut a tiny slit in the middle of them, then I scrunched them slightly.  I slid them onto a length of black grosgrain ribbon and alternated them with white filters.   Once the filters are on, just tie the photos in between them.  I actually put up the ribbon with the coffee filters then I tied on the photos.  It was easier that way. Pin
My friends enjoyed looking at the photos, and at the end of the evening they were able to untie the photos of themselves and take them home.  One thing I did not do, but should have, was to put up a little sign letting people know that they can take their photos.  The first few people that took them were very hesitant to do so, even after I told them that was why the garland was there in the first place.

A great source for photos and photo inspiration is Shutterfly.com.  You can order prints, photo books and all sorts of personalized photo products through their site.  We often have so many digital images stockpiled that we forget how wonderful it is to have the physical photos to share.

One of the fun things that Shutterfly is doing is a Howl-O-Ween Photo Contest that will be running through November 7.

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You can get a lot of ideas from these short videos:



If you go to Shutterfly’s Facebook Page and become a fan, you can enter their Howl-O-Ween Photo Contest.  Share your best images and fondest moments and you can win some pretty nice prizes…
Grand Prize: A free 2night stay for a family of 4 at any Great Wolf Lodge, $500 value + $200 Shutterfly Gift Certificate
First Place: (1) Shutterfly Gift Certificate for $250
Second Place: (1) Shutterfly Gift Certificate for $150
Third Place: (1) Shutterfly Gift Certificate for $100

Pretty nice, yes? Those are the fab prizes for entering their contest… but wait!  There’s more!

If you like them on Facebook you can get a cool app to Halloween-ify your own Facebook cover photo.   How fun is this?

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There are several different versions you can get.  How fun to be able to change your cover photo for a holiday!?

In addition to the Howl-O-Ween contest and the great prizes, and the cool Facebook app, Shutterfly is also giving one of my readers a $75 gift card to use on Shutterfly.com!
a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Good luck!

Disclaimer: am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network.  
Mom It Forward and Shutterfly partnered in support of this campaign. 
Shutterfly compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.   


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53 Comments

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Hi I'm Shannon! said...

October 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm
If I still lived in Cali, I'd totally crash your party! Love the garland. You do the cutest things (:
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Pam said...

October 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm
That is a great idea I love the garland. This project will be fun to do for Thanksgiving adding some gratitudes mixed in with the photos. Then for Christmas photos of Christmas Pasts. Thank you!
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Pam said...

October 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm
In the video I love the one of dad carrying the sleepy bunny
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MiMi said...

October 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm
It's not really a photo but I loved the dad carrying the sleepy bunny.
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Lizy said...

October 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm
Your Garland looks awesome!!! Love it! Happy Halloween!!!
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Janette Johanson said...

October 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm
this is awesome-- I was thinking how cool it would be if your kids birthday was on halloween and you could do their years pictures from before in halloween costumes to show off... This would be great for a birthday decor on halloween or like you have the previous parties!! Very fun... I wish I had an annual party.. I've got to add that to my to-do list!
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Johnnie said...

October 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm
If I was there I would crash it with Shannon!
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Emmy said...

October 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm
The pumpkin goo pictures as I took some just like that the other day
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Amy Anderson said...

October 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm
The bunny of course . . . :D
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Glinda said...

October 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm
I didn't get the video to work but I love this idea. Could be used for other occasions too with a few changes. Thanks.
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Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space said...

October 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm
I love the bunny as well, but the little lamb is pretty darn adorable too!
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Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

October 31, 2012 at 3:07 am
So cute. I loved the kids pictures - the little lamb and bunny. :)
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Jennifer Curtis said...

October 31, 2012 at 7:11 am
I loved the part in the video where the dad is holding his little girl in her bunny costume after they went trick or treating.
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malia said...

October 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm
I'm buzzing over the little bee
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Meghanne said...

October 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm
I like the bumble bee :)
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Vicki said...

October 31, 2012 at 11:02 pm
I love the banner and the bunny photo is adorable!
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Paula@SweetPea said...

November 1, 2012 at 12:07 am
What a great idea! I know your guests enjoyed looking at the pictures and were thrilled to take their own home.
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Jennifer Young said...

November 1, 2012 at 3:01 am
I like when the kids are carving pumpkins. I took a bunch of pics of my girls carving pumpkins this year! :)
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Carissa said...

November 1, 2012 at 7:34 am
the bunnies are pretty darn cute
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Jessica Hill said...

November 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Love the kid holding the goopy pumpkin guts.
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Crystal said...

November 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm
They're all so cute! I like the picture of the little girl with the brown costume on. Thanks for the chance to win!
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Julie said...

November 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm
the bunnies for sure-my daughter used to raise bunnies :)
thanks
aunteegem@yahoo.com
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Suzy Myers said...

November 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm
Love the bunny!
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Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} said...

November 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm
I love the pumpkin guts pictures! Great giveaway Viv!
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Sara @ Mom Endeavors said...

November 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm
Aw, I love kid pictures in costumes! :) The bunny is super cute!
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cherished bliss said...

November 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm
I love the dad carrying the bunny too... just too sweet : )
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Heather Michelle said...

November 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm
The pumpkin guts! =]
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Kimberly @ A Night Owl said...

November 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm
Definitely the little bunny!
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Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

November 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm
Definitely carving the pumpkins and holding all of the guts. Always the kids' favorite part!
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Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

November 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm
Favorite photo is the one of the kid in the lamb costume trick-or-treating. Reminds me of my youngest -- she was a little lamb for her second Halloween.
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mer said...

November 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm
great idea! loved Dad carrying the sleeping bunny!
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Pepper said...

November 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm
I love the pumpkin carving pictures for sure!
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OurLittleFamily said...

November 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm
I love the bee picture!! :)
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nest of posies said...

November 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm
LOVE THAT GARLAND!!! omword. love it!

i also love that video. it's just so nice to see a "real life looking" video of a family!
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SAH said...

November 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm
I love this Idea for the picture garland. I recently found shutterfly and love it.
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gail@My Repurposed Life said...

November 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm
I love Shutterfly! I'm not sure if I like them on fb yet... heading over to fix that now.

great pics on the garland Vivienne!

gail
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Pink Cake Plate said...

November 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm
Love the Garland Viv so cute!!
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jolie said...

November 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm
Love the bunny! Love your idea of the photo garland...think I might have to make a Thanksgiving one!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Carolyn said...

November 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Ahhh - definitely the sleepy bunny being carried by dad. So precious!
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Kimberly said...

November 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm
My favorite is the pumpkin carving photo.
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erkarts said...

November 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm
The little bunnies, for sure!
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Mara Yager said...

November 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm
Pumpkin and garlands are both great! Thank you so much!
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Joy said...

November 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm
The cowboy photo has a happy classic and simple feel to it. Thanks so much!
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alleybee said...

November 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm
The bunnies, too cute!
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Lighthouse Explorations said...

November 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm
so cute!
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Trish White said...

November 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm
The pumpkin guts, my girls fav part of carving!
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Ellen said...

November 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm
Dad carrying the baby bunny - so sweet!
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Shannon Madigan said...

November 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm
Cute photo idea and fun giveaway, Viv!
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Vanessa @ Our Thrifty Ideas said...

November 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm
Love the Bee
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Natalie said...

November 6, 2012 at 1:05 am
Love the bunny! Great giveaway!
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Chrissy Farnan said...

November 6, 2012 at 1:10 am
So cute! The bunny is great.
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SkiptomyLou said...

November 6, 2012 at 2:11 am
Great Giveaway!
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heyyhotmess said...

November 8, 2012 at 4:23 am
I LOVE this photo garland idea! So cute. Thanks for sharing!

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