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How to Make a Photo Into a Tapestry

Updated April 17, 2017

Photo tapestries not only make great memories last, they also make a great personalised accent wall decor or a customised present. However, it can be quite expensive to hire a professional to turn your photo into a tapestry. With some effort, you can do it by yourself for a lot less money. With your chosen photo, a few tools, and some dedicated time, you will be able to create your very own photo tapestry.

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  1. Choose the photo you want to make into a tapestry. If you plan to place the tapestry in your own home, then your family picture would be a great option. If you plan to give the tapestry as a present to a friend or loved one, then her photo or a photo of the two of you together is a great option.

  2. Place the photo in the centre of your tapestry fabric leaving a few inches of space on the sides. You need this space later when you attach the tapestry fabric to the frame.

  3. Scan your photo. Use "Paint" or "Adobe Photoshop" or any photo-editing software to make necessary adjustments or editing, such as removing red-eye.

  4. Print your photo onto the heat transfer paper.

  5. Place the tapestry on a flat surface. Pin the heat transfer paper onto the tapestry fabric using your straight pins to make sure it doesn't slip out of place.

  6. Press the heat transfer paper with a hot iron. Do this carefully, making sure that the photo has been completely transferred to the fabric.

  7. Place the tapestry into a tapestry frame.

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Things You'll Need

  • Photo
  • Scanner
  • Photo-editing software (optional)
  • Printer
  • Tapestry fabric
  • Heat transfer paper
  • Hot iron
  • Straight pins

About the Author

Michelle Grace Tapire began her writing career in 2003 when she was hired as a part-time in-house feature writer for a local magazine called "Candy Mag." She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Louis University.

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