Whether gift or decor, these DIY embroidered vintage photos are AWESOME #Decor DIY#centerpiece#decor#DIY#diy centerpiece#gifts#tutorial March 8 | Guest post by Erica Gray All art by Erica Gray Related Post There's a REALLY good place to find awesomely cheap wedding DIY supplies Reader Gina recently clued us in to a great way to snag cheap wedding DIY supplies: your local restaurant and janitorial supply store! If you... Read more I once found an old photo album at a thrift store and I remember feeling captivated looking through the photos of those strangers' lives. The last photo I saw was a wedding photo. Since then I've had a fascination with vintage photos as well as incorporating something of myself creatively, like weaving myself into the scene in a way. So I tried embroidering right onto a copy of the photo! I could see these DIY embroidered vintage photos as a beautiful gift for an engaged couple, a creative way to display your own family wedding photos, or as lovely wedding decor and centerpieces. How to make embroidered vintage photos: Tips: Use a copy only, NOT your original photos. Preserve the original photo, and always work from a scanned and printed copy. Consider using photos of floral arrangements, bouquets, and other subjects that can be stunning gifts or decor. Steps: Use an embroidery pattern or draw your own design (embroidery books are often available from thrift/charity stores). Place your design over your photograph and secure it along the edges so it doesn't move. If you need to see the photo underneath to get the correct placement you will need to trace the design first onto tracing paper. Position over a flat, cushioned surface, or use a piece of thick cardboard placed underneath your photograph. With a sharp pin, pierce holes along your designs as marked on your embroidery pattern. Follow the directions for the embroidery you have selected, remembering to leave a long thread tail so you can knot these ends to finish them once your design has been stitched. Protect and display your work inside a photo frame. Related Post Snazz up your reception tables with these DIY menu candles If you're not that chill with DIY, this ultra easy DIY menu candles project could be the one task you feel comfortable undertaking in your... Read more With your embroidery, you can use a plethora of materials and thread types, from cottons, wool, and synthetic fibres as well embellishments for added 3D effects such as feathers, pearls, and seed beads. Some of the patterns I often use are spirals, circles, and florals, as well as thicker lines which can be stitched to produce a stain glass effect on your photos. I also love to run my designs through a photo editor and manipulate them by adding new backgrounds and colours as well as large eyes before I print them out. Embroidery takes a while to do, so a good idea is to start with a smaller design you can add to. Good luck! A felt succulents tutorial for all your rustic centerpieces, bouquets, and headpieces Are you into succulents and want them to last forever and ever and ever? I've got a DIY project for super easy felt succulents to make into a bouquet, as… Read More Would YOU attempt to embroider a vintage photo in your wedding decor? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Erica Gray I'm a designer artist with an obsession for fashion and sculpture. http://www.ericagrayartist.com.au PREVIOUS 4 reasons to love sapphire engagement rings (one reason is rainbows) NEXT From album cover to coaster: These cartoon coaster save-the-dates are delightful Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] What a delightfully odd idea! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.