We've had so much fun this past year sharing our crafting and community space to learn skills and make things with folks here in Durham, North Carolina, and what better way to decorate for our first Greenhouse anniversary party than with a festive photo bunting made from Spoonflower gift wrap!
We made a simple garland filled with some of our favorite photos from the Greenhouse– collaged and printed Spoonflower gift wrap. And trust me, being one of the least tech-savvy people working for an Internet company– if I can do it, you can, too!
First, I went over to PicMonkey.com and chose the “create a collage” feature from their homepage, and on the photo tab, I chose the “your own” option from the drop down menu. Choosing which photos to include was probably the hardest part!
After I uploaded each shot I wanted to include in my bunting, I chose a layout. I wanted to maximize the photos I shared in my bunting, so I chose the “ducks in a row” option with 4 x 4 photos.
Then it’s just a matter of dragging and dropping your photos into the template. Since I planned to cut out the pictures for bunting, I didn’t worry too much about where I was placing them.
When you’ve filled your template, it’s time to save your file for printing on gift wrap. When you’re on the save tab, choose the highest resolution (which is “Sean” here), and then you can opt to change the dimensions of your collage.
At this step, be sure to pay attention to your dimensions. Since I want my collage to fill the printable width of Spoonflower’s gift wrap, which is 26”, I changed my dimensions to be 3900 x 3900 pixels.
Just name your file and save as a .jpg, and you’re ready to upload!
Head over to Spoonflower’s homepage, and log in to your account. If you don’t have a Spoonflower account, you can just jump right in to our “create” tab and select “custom gift wrap” from the dropdown menu. Once you’ve logged in or landed on the page to create custom gift wrap, select the “choose file” button and find your PicMonkey collage. Once your file is uploaded, you can choose which type of repeat you’d like. I went with the basic repeat since I’ll be cutting out the photos later.
Once you have these features set, you can order your gift wrap! And oh, what a beautiful roll of gift wrap this was– so many fond memories of the past year of classes and parties in the Greenhouse!
To make the bunting, I used a rotary blade to cut out the photos.
You could cut your photos into triangle pennants, but I decided to keep my photographs square and add a pop of print with triangle flags in between (that also gave me more bunting for my buck, if you will!).
I simply arranged the photos and triangles that I’d cut from the gift wrap along twine, affixed with washi tape (one of our favorite crafting supplies around here!), and there you have it!
Once you have everything taped like you want it, just hang it up for your occasion! We just used pretty printed tape to hang ours.
And there you have it! Super fast and super simple photo bunting for any special occasion!