DIY | Embroidered Vacation Photos

Photos are a means to remember special moments, to revoke feelings and of course to decorate your home and make it personal. Whenever I am on vacation, photos are a must. I don’t overdo it with the photos and take a picture of every building, but it’s always great to capture the general atmosphere of the place.

Photos – Catching the Moment

Last year I took an instant camera to Mallorca, which was a whole new experience for me. Or rather, and old experience revisited. Growing up I always used a camera with a film that I had to develop afterwards. But of course everyone did then. You weren’t able to check if your finger would have gotten into the picture again (always!), or adjust the colours until you saw them afterwards. Photoshop then was cropping the picture by cutting off a part, or let them be developed in sepia or black and white. Those were good times!

What about today? Take a picture with your phone, alter the colours, crop it and make your face look as pretty as possible. In two minutes top! And then they get lost in the chaos that is the Internet, or your collection of desktop folders. My parents have this huge crate at home where they keep all their pictures, and it’s so much fun to look at them and relive the old times (me as a baby, well…). Let’s print out photos again! Or better, let’s print them out and make them into a piece of art! That’s what I did with the photos I took in Crete this year:


You need

  • Photos
  • Embroidery floss in different colours
  • Embroidery needle
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

The tutorial

Start by working with your photos. Of course you can edit them with Photoshop or Instagram, crop them, highlight things and maybe use a cool filter. Be creative! Then print them out. If you have a special printer, great! I had print them in a shop, but I could print them out as polaroid-like squares with a wonderful white frame this way.

Think about the designs you want to use. Get inspired by mine, or look on the Internet for inspiration. With your ruler and a pencil, carefully sketch the design directly onto the photos.

Perforate the photos according to your design, then start embroidering with your needle and the embroidery floss. Play with techniques and colours if you want, highlighting certain parts of the picture or just covering a random area with swirls and lines and dots. Again, be creative!


Decorate your photos as much as you like! I wanted to leave out certain parts of the photo and cover other areas, it really looks wonderful if you just embroider half the picture. I’m normally not a huge fan of embroidering since it requires a lot of patience (a trait I do not possess), but I was surprised how calming this work could be. And the best thing is: You have such unique memories of your vacation that you want to hang them everywhere. Which is exactly what I did. I hope I have inspired you!


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    26th October 2016 at 3:02 am

    Very cool!!!

    • Michelle
      26th October 2016 at 7:02 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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    26th October 2016 at 8:25 pm

    WOW, this is such a cool and creative idea! I definitely need to print some Photos and try it too, this weekend!

    I hope you have a great Day! 🙂

    Lisa | Joy Della Vita

    • Michelle
      26th October 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you very much! Have fun embroidering!

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    21st November 2016 at 4:37 am

    A great way to add detail to the fotos itself, on a Scrabooking layout. And top it up with some embroidery on the page, or on embellishments, or match the pattern with the layout theme, ooh…lots of ideas come to mind! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Michelle
      21st November 2016 at 11:32 am

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it!

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