Recently, we had a beautiful long weekend in Christchurch, on the Dorset coast. It was a miraculously hot weekend in an otherwise gloomy spell of weather, so we had 3 glorious days of crabbing, rockpool exploring, sand-castle building and a myriad of other retro beach pursuits. Here’s a few photos, if you’d like to see;
(it took about five showers to wash out all the sand after that one, by the way…)
And then when we returned home, I got creative with the photographs…
DIY Photo Notepaper
I’d taken a lot of pics with sea and sky, so decided to make this photo into notepaper for Harry; I cropped it slightly (and superimposed a different kite that was a bit more recognisable!), and then simply printed out several copies onto matt white letter paper. Harry wrote to his godmother to tell her about our weekend…
I also printed some fun envelopes with a photograph I took of the texture of a beach hut wall, with an address bar of weathered wood. There’s a downloadable PDF of both of these images below if you want to print your own;
You could also add text to make a poster…
But my favourite project was this;
DIY Beach Hut Cards
I used one of my photos of the old beach huts at Mudeford, and then used the ‘remove background’ tool in Powerpoint to isolate the hut itself. I printed it onto thin white card (step 1), then cut out the beach hut. I printed photos of Harry to fit the size of the drop-front of the hut (step 3), and cut around them. Then..
- Using a craft knife, cut around the sides and top of the white hatch section, and folded it down to create a flap
- Pasted a photo behind the flap
- Mounted the beach hut onto a pre-folded piece of white card, and trimmed the top to fit the shape of the beach hut roof…
…to create this fun card!
We folded Harry’s letter into the card, tucked it into our homemade envelope, and posted it off.
Here’s a free graphic of the beach hut which you can download to make your own if you like (instead of a photo, you could turn it into an invitation to a party or event, with the details hidden behind the fold-down flap..).
Have a wonderful weekend when it comes!