If you’re like most people, you probably have taken upwards of 2,000 photos of your kids, your house, your pet, and even your food in the last year alone. Now you’re wondering what to do with your digital photos and hoping you can find a fun, creative way to get your favorite snapshots off your phone or those Facebook albums and out where everyone can see them, you’re in luck. We’ve put together some great ways to use all those photos and Instagram shots you have no doubt accumulated.
The easiest way to get them off your camera is the most obvious—print them. There are a number of digital age solutions like the iPhone Photo Printer, which prints photos directly off your phone (iPhone or Android). If it’s Instagram prints you’re wanting to make, check out Ink361. The prints are beautiful quality, ready for framing, and they start at about $1 each. Another great option is Origrami, a company in Australia. These prints look like little Polaroid pictures, but you don’t have to wave them around to dry them out.
Another popular option for saving pictures, especially for families, is to make a photo book. You don’t get the texture of a real picture when you do this, but there are some amazing, beautiful options with truly archival quality that can make your photos a keepsake forever.
Slide Shows and Videos
A really fun way to show off those pictures is to create a video with them the new-fangled way. The SimplySmartHome PhotoShare Digital Picture Frame from Beachcamera.com allows you to instantly send friends & family photos/videos & receive on your frames for free using your smartphone, email, Facebook or Instagram. With apps and websites like Animoto you can easily create a free 30-second video slideshow of your photos.
Wall-Size Photo Prints
There are many options out there for printing photos from your hard drives on canvases. CanvasPop specializes in making canvases from your Instagram pictures, although you can print any pictures. Their prices start around $40 which is a very good deal. Picaboo also has a wide range of surfaces to print on. You can print your photos on traditional canvases starting around $80, or solid panels starting at just $19.
Photo Wrapping Paper
Make gift wrap from your photos you’ve saved on your memory cards from Beachcamera.com. Order a roll of your favorite pics to use for those special gifts! It’s especially striking with black and white pics. Finish it off using a contrasting ribbon to set it off perfectly.
Custom Photo Cases
There are so many services now for custom phone cases using your photos, from Tiny Prints to Case-Mate to Casetagram which specifically works with your Instagram feed.
Lockets have come a long way. While it’s still lovely to find a traditional one and pop a pic inside, there are now techier options like the Instagram Photo Jewelry at Antisparkle.
Unique Photo Gifts
Remember when it was revolutionary to print a photo on a handbag or a mug? Now you can make so many really innovative photo gifts it’s crazy. From the affordable Instagram magnets from Stickygram, to photo coasters, to Cocoagraph’s edible photos made of chocolate, the list just keeps growing.
Don’t let your digital photos gather dust on your smartphone or computer!