Before this year, I had never really heard of a photo hoop, but I am happy to say that it is now one of my top favorite projects to do. Not only are they super easy and super fun, but they can be used for several purposes. If you have a free half hour, you can easily jump into this project! If you feel like checking out some unique ideas, you should visit my post on Unique Autumn Activities. Let’s get started!
Before this year, I had never really heard of a photo hoop, but I am happy to say that it is now one of my top favorite projects to do. Not only are they super easy and super fun, but they can be used for several purposes. If you have a free half hour, you can easily jump into this project! You can also have it as a room decoration with pictures of friends and/or yourself. The original photo hoop had pictures of my friends on it, but to protect their privacy, i’ve replaced them with pictures of my own. Enjoy the post!
- Metal hoop or embroidery hoop. Size may vary
- Stiff Ribbon (I used gold ribbon)
- Mesh ribbon (optional, for hanging)
- Several small pictures
- hot glue/hot glue gun
- cardboard (for hot gluing)
- dried or artificial flowers (for optional decoration)
Hopefully you already have a hot glue gun and cardboard in your home. If you don’t already have photos printed out, I recommend going to your local photo print shop or Walgreens to get them printed for minimal cost. I also recommend an HP Sprocket Printer for small photos for a photo wall, bulletin board or other projects. You can find them here. (This is not an affiliate link).
After you’ve gathered your supplies, starting the project is easy. First, measure out your ribbon with a ruler to find where you would like it to fall on your hoop. Then use your hot glue gun to attach one side of the ribbon to the hoop. Wait for the glue to dry, then fold the ribbon over the hoop and hot glue the other side. Cut any excess ribbon with scissors.
Lay out your photos, but DO NOT glue them on yet. Organize them into a pattern that you love and looks aesthetically pleasing. You can either lay them out completely throughout the hoop, or you can leave a place for a quote card. One pattern that I like is alternating between horizontal and vertical photos. Square pictures also add a bit of flare with the photo hoop.
Glue your photos on to your ribbon strips. Add a small spot of glue in the middle of the picture, and place it on to your ribbon. Hold for 5 seconds to ensure that the photo stays still and does not move. You can also mount the photo on a piece of colored card stock paper before gluing it on for added effect.
Place your dried, pressed or faux flowers onto your hoop. Hot glue small sections of leaves or step onto the hoop. Be cautious as to how much glue you use because it is easy to overdo it and have globs of hot glue stuck to your project. To make dried flowers, simply cut stemmed sections of a flower from a bigger plant. Hang the plant upside down to dry for several days. If it is completely dry, it is perfect to use. If some moisture is still there, continue waiting. To press flowers, place them in the middle of a heavy book and close the book over them. Stack a few books on top for added weight. While drying or pressing flowers is cheaper, buying small faux flowers is more time convenient.
This step is optional and is dependent on what you are planning on using a photo hoop for. If you are planning on hanging the photo hoop, this step is important. You will need to loop your mesh ribbon around the photo hoop and hot glue a short section of your hoop to the ribbon. Make sure that the hot glued section of the ribbon is even between the two ends. Secure the two ends by either hot gluing or tying, so it can be looped around a nail or hook. I might also recommend hot gluing the tied part of the hanger to the hoop instead of hot gluing the middle section. This depends on the type of look you are trying to achieve.
There you have it! I hope you enjoy your new decoration. I would love to know what kinds of projects you all are using this for, so feel free to comment! as always, I love to hear your input and feedback! Remember to stay save and have fun!
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