How to take great product photography using an iPhone

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It’s not difficult to take great pictures of your products, even if you have limited resources. I do the majority of the product photography for my Etsy shop on my iPhone. The key is having a good setup. See my setup below.

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All you need is a well lit area (I use a corner between two windows), a large sheet of heavy weight paper (I use bristol series paper), and an iPhone.

This setup helps create a nice, clean, and simple look for all of your product photography.

Happy Crafting!

DIY Whale Pillow from Recycled Grocery Bags

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This is a really simple project, and it helps make use of those annoying plastic grocery bags that are always piling up. See below for the list of materials and instructions.

Materials: Fabric (I used an old baby blanket), Needle and Thread, plastic grocery bags, pen, marker, buttons (for eyes, optional. You will want to draw on your eyes if you plan on having this around young children.)

Instructions: 

1. Fold fabric in half.

2. Trace outline of whale (or other animal or thing) onto fabric. 

3. Cut out (you should end up with two sides).

4. Sew along the outside edge ( I hand stitched mine).

5. Stop before you get to the tail. 

6. Draw details (smile) and sew on button (or draw) eyes. 

7. Stuff with grocery bags. 

8. Finish sewing up tail (leave a little hole to stuff remaining bags, then sew up completely). 

9. Wala! You have a finished whale pillow!

Happy Crafting!

 

DIY Hot Air Balloon Birthday Decoration

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My son’s 3rd birthday is coming up soon, and I think these would make a cute decoration to have at his party. They are fairly easy to make, but take a little bit of time. To save some time and hassle, you could just buy little baskets instead of make them. But, if you would like to try to make it from scratch, I have provided all the instructions for you here. 

1. Gather materials: balloon, string (I used twine), paper (I used brown craft paper), craft glue, and permanent markers.

2. Cut craft paper into 11 strips that are about 2 inch wide and about 9 inch long.

3. Fold strips over longways until their about 1/2 inch, and glue closed. (You could also just start out with 1/2 wide strips to save time). 

4. Weave strips together, as shown.

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5. Fold up ends, and weave remaining strips through to make the sides. 

6. Fold excess ends over the sides and paperclip down to hold in place, as shown. (One end will be open).

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6. Trim and glue ends one at a time. (Remove paper clip, trim, glue, and replace paperclip to hold until it dries).

7. Blow up balloon and tie it off. 

8. You may decorate your balloon with permanent markers at this time (optional). 

9. Cut two pieces of twine about 9 inches long each. 

10. Tie twine to the balloon (as shown). 

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11. Glue open edge of woven basket closed, but leave a little space open (without glue) towards the top, so that a piece of string can be passed through. 

12. Once glue has dried, tie loose ends of string through the top corners of the basket. 

13. If the balloons have helium in them, they should stand on their own. If not, you can tape them to something behind them (like a wall) to hold them up. 

Happy Crafting!