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Easy Photograph Centerpieces

Posted by  ·  January 10, 2012  ·  Last Updated: January 10, 2012

My parents celebrated their 60th anniversary last year {yeah!}. My brothers and I hosted a party for them. I wanted to decorate with photographs so I made super simple table decorations with some of their photographs.

I took their photographs to a local copy shop and had them copied onto velum. I used a tape roller (from Michael’s) and a glass votive candle to complete these photo votives.

Trim the velum so you have two pieces the same size with a photo on each piece. Use a tape roller to place a line of tape on each side on one piece of the vellum.

Stick the two pieces together and place the votive inside.

We sat them on the tables and amongst the food for a flashback of when they got married!

Congratulations mom and dad!

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  1. catherine
    Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
    is there any chance that the candle would melt the velum?
  2. Christie
    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
    Hi - could you print right onto the vellum for this??
  3. Jane
    Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
    I like the idea, but I would make photo copies and use instead of the original photos. The battery operated candles is a great idea. This would be great for graduations, weddings, etc. Thanks
  4. lyn
    Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
    Great idea ! Tx

    I guess u could place the candles in little glass holders if u worry about fire...
  5. Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
    These are a great (and frugal) way of using tho photos- it would be fab for a wedding, too.

  6. Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
    That looks amazing AND easily executable, thanks! I might try it with battery-operated votives to reduce the flammability issue.
  7. Debi Jenkins
    Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
    This is just lovely and super elegant! I cannot wait to make several of these with my old family photos! I also pinned this to my board! Thank you so much for sharing.
  8. Leslie W
    Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
    I like this idea too, but I wondered about the risk of fire too!
    • Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
      A couple of things:
      I would never leave these photo votives burning alone in a room
      Ours were burning over three hours and the paper didn't show signs of getting too hot.
      My candles were in glass and the flame was not at the top of the glass.
      I would never use tea lights for this project
      I hope these tips help, I think it is good to be cautious and concerned about the safety of these!
  9. Jennie
    Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
    What a cute idea! It's great that your parents have celebrated 60 plus years of marriage. My parents were married 52 years when my Dad passed away. Looking for ideas for a center pieces for my Mom's 75th birthday, this is a great one!
  10. Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
    This looks totally awesome, but is it fireproof?! haha
  11. Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
    Beautiful (and easy) centerpieces! Congrats to your parents!!!
  12. Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
    What an awesome idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing and Congratulations to your parents!!!! Incredible. :)
  13. Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
    Oh how very clever....really like this idea and will use it at some point in the future. Very creative thinking - simple and probably not too costly.