Holiday cheer comes in many forms, from the taste of eggnog to the sound of a carol. But the holiday party has it all — the sights, tastes and sounds that give you those warm feelings, no matter how much snow is on the ground. When it's time to play holiday host, the PIXMA printer family is here to make printable DIY cheer — and save your wallet from expensive decorations.
Get Photo Festive
Liven up your whole space with a new twist on a holiday classic: the no-sew garland. Print as many holiday pics as you can muster — anything from family memories to snowy nature scenes — on both sides of glossy photo paper, then cut them into festive shapes with shape scissors (which give the photos crazy edges, like zig-zags or waves). Just punch a few holes and weave jute string or holiday-themed metallic string through the photos and you've got end-to-end room decor.
For a decor/activity combo, go with a photo booth. All you need is a red craft foil background and some printed Santa beards glued to popsicle sticks as photo props. Send the results straight from your smartphone to your PIXMA printer for instant party-favor prints.
Make It Personal
If you’re planning to serve a holiday feast, give it a personal touch with individualized photo place cards. Before the party, use a photo-editing app to add snow, antlers or cheeky little elves to photos of your guests — and, of course, don't forget to add their names.
Now, grab some large, circular wood knobs from the craft store — you'll need flat-bottomed ones — and make a simple cut with a craft saw. Paint the knobs in metallic colors so they look like classic ornaments, slot in the photos, and you're ready to dish out the holiday spirit in style.
Give It Some Glow
Memorable ambiance is often the difference between a good party and a great one; glowing photo spheres make sure you're on the latter end of that spectrum.
For this one, use your PIXMA printer to create large holiday scenes on copy paper — snow-covered landscapes or patterns like snowflakes and fir trees are a great fit. Print your scenes on a template so that they form a spherical shape when glued to a blank white paper lantern, then cut the template out and stick it to the lantern with craft glue. Finish it up with a layer of clear gel glue for a professional look, pop in a hanging bulb, and you're on your way to a magical winter's night.
Don't Forget the Favors
Speaking of templates, send these printable candy bar wrapper templates to your PIXMA printer via the Canon Print App to create a party favor that rivals the best work of Santa's elves. Grab a bunch of your favorite chocolate bars and carefully remove the outer paper wrapper (but not the foil), then create your very own custom wrapper design with your favorite photo-editing app, complete with your holiday wishes and the date of the party. Print on thick matte Inkjet paper and wrap your creation around the candy, keeping it in place with a bit of double-sided tape.
The holidays are all about giving, so make sure your guests leave your perfectly DIY decorated shindig with something sweet in their hands. It'll go well with the even sweeter memories.
- HGTV: 33 Easy DIY Decorating Ideas for Your Next Party: No-Sew Garlands
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- Photojojo!: How to Make Glowing Photo Spheres
- Martha Stewart: Handmade Party Favors: Custom Chocolate Bars