My little sister is months away from welcoming the newest addition to her family. I love seeing her as a mom. Watching from a close distance as she shares her passions and talents with her girls is quite beautiful. My mom said I was a proud big sister the day Lesley was born. I’m still so proud of her.

I was a little giddy when they decided they wanted to find out the gender this time. When I was having babies, Gender Reveal Parties weren’t a thing. I so hoped my sister would be up for doing something fun to share their exciting news with friends and family. Thankfully, they were up for letting me help them come up with something.

I’ve never been to a gender reveal party, so I did some Pinterest searches for ideas. I found one for a hanging box, similar to a pinata…perfect.

They have two adorable girls.

Now they are having a……

4.15reveal-12aI couldn’t find a tutorial for how to make the box, so I winged it a couple hours before the party (it was the day she found out). I thought I would go ahead and share how I made it…in case someone else needs some ideas for to do something similar too.

I knew I wanted to make a ‘trap door’ on the side (which would become the bottom), so I taped up the bottom of the box. Before taping the top, I punched a hole in each corner. Next, I pulled a string through the holes and combined them in a knot on top (to hang from a rope on a tree). After the string was done, I taped the top of the box.

4.15reveal-1Next, I cut my trap door. I cut three sides and scored the fourth side. If I were doing this again, I would cut the door about two inches from the side of the box. I cut it a little too close to the edges. It made taping the box shut harder.4.15reveal-3I filled the box with balloons and cut confetti.4.15reveal-5I punched two holes in the ‘trap door’ and thread ribbon through it. Later, I learned that I should have used a much strong rope or doubled the ribbon. After filling the box, I taped the ‘trap door’ shut with washi tape. I was going to use masking tape, but somewhere in the process I misplaced it. Washi tape worked great because it held the box shot, but isn’t super strong.4.15reveal-6Finally, I wrapped the box in paper. I extended the paper some on the bottom edge so when it was hanging everyone wouldn’t be able to see the box label. I added ribbon to help cover the box some and finished it off by painting a little on the paper. There are so many ways you could make this extra cute…but if you only have a couple hours to gather your supplies and make it, this works pretty well.4.15reveal-84.15reveal-9Everyone gathered around anxiously waiting to see what would fall from the box. The girls tugged on the ribbon and POP. It broke. DIY fail. Use a strong rope or at least not curling ribbon!4.15reveal-10Thankfully, Eric is tall and could just reach up and open the trap door….it’s a BOY!!!4.15reveal-12My youngest niece has been adamant that the baby was a girl. She took the surprise that she’ll have a baby brother pretty well. Cutie.4.15reveal-144.15reveal-154.15reveal-16We’re all excited for a new little one around here. On my side of the family it was my three boys for so long. Then all the sudden they were outnumbered with four girls. Now my parents will have 4 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. My dad has already called for a tie breaker….hear that Lesley?

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  • Southern Gal - Congratulations to your sister and her family! And you, too.
    The breaking ribbon on the box makes for great memories. They will always remember how you took the time to make the box and how fun it was to reveal the sex of their precious baby. Good job, Aunt Ashley!

  • Southern Gal - I forgot to say my sister and I had a girl each until my son was born. My daddy thought boys were not possible for our family. Now he sits at 4 granddaughters, 4 grandsons, 4 great-granddaughters and 2 great-grandsons. He never called for a tie-breaker. ;)

  • Katie - How exciting to be having a little boy!!! We left our first baby a surprise until delivery (we didn’t even know!), and it was SO much fun to find out right after he came out! This time around, we’re doing the exact same thing. We’ve got a boy and girl name picked out… but all the grandparents are hoping for a girl, since they only have grand-boys so far! :-)

  • Susan - Thank you for this tutorial. I saw this on IG yesterday and wondered how it was made because it is so cute!! My kids will love this when we find out the gender for our baby.

  • Tessa - How fun! We have 4 boys and 4 girls as grandchildren on my side of the family too, however that is between me and my 2 sisters (3 families!). We have 4 of the 8, 2 boys and 2 girls. My mom calls them her “Crazy 8″. My youngest sister may have another, or a “tie breaker” … we’ll see … congrats to your sister and her family!

  • Michelle @ life to table - congratulations!! so happy for your whole, beautiful, big family :)

  • Emily | Gather & Dine - This is such an adorable idea! Wish I knew someone I could throw a gender reveal party for!

  • suzy - That is a terrific idea! Congratulations to your family. I wonder who will produce the tie breaker?

  • christina larsen - Congrats on your new nephew!

  • kelli - Congratulation! That is so wonderful! I’m so happy for all of you, what a sweet blessing from God! I love the pinata idea! So cute! I am so NOT the gender-reveal party kind of girl, but you are making me wish I was. Ha!

  • Debbie C - This is awesome, what a fun idea! A friend of mine is having a gender reveal party this weekend, they weren’t planning to do it until we mentioned the idea to them! ;D They are going the cake route (secretly colored filling that reveals the gender when the cake is cut). But I love the pinata idea.

  • Jenny B. - Oh, YAY!!! I’m so happy for Lesley! :) :) :) I think I must have missed her announcing it on her blog (or maybe she hasn’t yet?). I don’t keep up with Instagram, so I may just be out of the loop. :) Anyway, super cute reveal and congrats on becoming an aunt again!!

  • Samantha - I find it kinda funny that the younger neice was insistent that it’s a girl.

    I know a little girl who already has a little sister, and was, under no circumstances having another one. Lo and behold, mommy is having another girl! But she’s quit okay with it… Although I’m sure she still wants that little brother.

    Congrats to your sister and brother-in-law!!!

  • michele - Thank you for posting the tutorial. I saw this cute picture on your sister’s instagram and I was wondering how it all came together. You are so thoughtful to post this. Congratulations on your new nephew. My first grandson was born yesterday and we are beyond joyful.

  • Brandi - This is so sweet! I had wanted to do something like this when we found out last time, especially since our kids were older and so excited about it, but I was just too excited and didn’t take the time–wish I had a big sister to do this for me :) Congrats to your family!

4.15origrami-1aI’m not sure I can actually call this a DIY project, but I did it myself…so we’ll go with it. I got a new set of prints from Origrami and was trying to think of a simple way to display them & change them out (other than some form of hanging them). There are so many cute photo holder tutorials online. I originally planned on making one I saw, but then I spotted these place cards at Target. I’m all about fast and simple these days.4.15origrami-2


The place cards were $4.00 for a set of four. I figured I could use them to hold pictures until I am ready for a change and then I’ll have cute chalkboard signs for something else someday! They were in the party section…near gift bags and party decorations.

4.15origrami-4Again…easiest DIY ever. I just used washi tape to tape the prints to the place cards. The Origrami prints are a thicker paper, so they hold really well and I can change them out just as quickly. Easy. Easy. Easy. Also, I just put a little deer on one because…why not?

4.15origrami-5 4.15origrami-7And to make things even easier for 5 of you…how about a giveaway for your own pack of squareprints?!


Here are the details of the giveaway:

5 winners chosen at random

1 set of squareprints from Origrami (1 set per winner)

Giveaway ends Monday, April 27, 2015 9:00pm US Central

To enter – leave a comment below

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  • Heather - Who doesn’t love easy DIY? Looks good to me!

  • Maureen - The first comment will never win but I am trying anyway! Super cute idea. Love the deer and the pics.

  • Susan - Very cute DIY! And I love that it is easy!

  • Dani M. - Cute, easy, and fun!

  • Katie - What a simple and cute way to display these pictures.

  • Southern Gal - I’m all about simple, too. This is such a cute idea.

  • b - Super simple, super cute! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Tanya - I love easy, cute, and giveaways! Thanks. :-)

  • Abbye Cornwell - so cute! Always love a new idea to display pictures!

  • Tina - Would love some prints – thank you!

  • sam - Winning these would be wonderful, I keep putting off getting prints and need to do so badly. My frame display is woefully out of date.

  • Katie - Love it! Great way to display Instagrams.

  • Alissa - The best DIY projects are fast and easy :-) So cute!

  • Suzannr - I so love DIY’s that I can start and finish in one day. What a sense of accomplishment amidst the mounds of baseball clothes that are forever soaking, being washed, dried, and put on again….. Can’t wait to try this.

  • Colleen - Cute idea! Love a simple DIY!

  • Leah - Super cute!

  • Christina - So cute. And I love that print case. Thanks for a chance to win!

  • Ginna - Oh so cute! I’m heading to Target today and am going to look for those place cards. Thanks!

  • Lydia - So cute! I love anything square

  • Candy - Thanks for the great giveaway. Yea for easy DIY projects.

  • La Godiche - I love how your DIY are simple but beautiful !
    Thanks for the giveaway !

  • Cheyenna - simple and adorable!

  • babs - the little deer is a perfect addition.

  • Caylin - Such a cute and easy idea! Thank you!

  • Kelley - I always enjoy your DIY projects! And this is one I can actually do too!

  • Jessica - Love this!

  • Caylin - Such a cute and easy idea! Thank you.

  • Angela - Adorable!

  • Tracey O - Simple = sophisticated in my book. Please pick me!

  • Stephanie - Super cute! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Tina M. - What a cute idea!!!

  • Jennifer - Finally a company more closer to home. I can’t believe how fast little one has grown.

  • Heather - This is my type of DIY – great idea!

  • Jess - Love these. Pick me!! :)

  • Katey Walton - Neat, quick project! I’m all about quick and quirky these days.

  • Kristina D. - Love ????

  • Meghan Collins - Love these!!!

  • Annemieke - So cute and so so simple. Love it and love those prints too!

  • Chelsea - so cute! Fun company!

  • tricia - love all you do an especially adorable super fast ideas for busy mommas!

  • Susan - Love the look of these prints and I can see my boys putting Lego guys on the photo stand. Great idea!

  • AndreaB - OMG these are too cute – and so easy. Genius I tell you!

  • Shelby B - I love origrami!!! And those stands are too cute!

  • Kate - So cute!!

  • Sandra Cole - Great photos! The box they come in is great :)

  • Olya - Simple is best!! Hope I win lol

  • Joan j - Super cute! And I love square prints.

  • Kristin - Cute picture stands! I would love to get a set of their square pictures!

  • Keri - These are so cute! I would love some Origrami prints of my own!

  • Conni Marleau - You are always coming up with such cute ideas!! I have ‘cough cough’ stolen quite a few — this is on my list!! Love it.

  • Sadie - I love this super simple idea! How cute! Our nearest Target is about an hour away and I never find this cute of stuff! I need to go more often!

  • Sarah - easy peasy DIYs are the BEST!!!

  • Amy M - What a cute idea!

  • Bev - I love this idea-and a new company to try out! I’ve been needing to get some pic of Brice and Steph’s wedding printed so I could display them around the house-I think I’ll give them a try.

  • Gale - Thank you for the chance. Love the photo stands!!

  • P Koziol - I have tried Chatbooks, but would love to have Origrami prints as well!

  • Kayla - I’d love to win this! :)

  • Ellen - I love Origrami and have a growing photo wall with their prints… it’s almost time for another batch! I may have to save a few for this project – very cute.

  • Whitney - cute, cute, cute!!

  • Rebekah - I love Origrami!!!

  • Sarah Z - What a cute idea? I’m curious what you do with the prints when you are done with them? I know some of them may go on your wall o’ pictures, but do you put the other ones in albums?

  • Ashley E - What a cute idea!

  • Sarah Z - Whoops….I meant to say:
    What a cute idea! It wasn’t a question :-)

  • Correne Johnson - I love this idea and Origrami prints!

  • Jill Stansell - I LOVE your blog! It is such an inspiring site for photography and I love you DIY suggestions too.

  • TLL - Beautiful!!

  • Colleen from Alabama - My son would LOVE that deer on then little stand! I may just have to do that for some pictured in his room!

  • Anna - So easy and adorable!

  • Alyssa - Well those are just so cute and easy!

  • Cindy McAllister - What a cute idea…I bet Target sells out fast. I like the square prints very much.

  • Heidi C - Great idea – I’m all about easy and cute! Love the prints.

  • Allison - How cute and simple…running to Target after work!

  • Kathi S - That’s my kind of DIY!!! Thanks! (And congrats on the new-nephew-to-be!!!)

  • Heidi - SO great! Love to finally have a reason to buy the new super cute Target stuff that I’ve been eyeing…

  • Caitlin E - this would be just (picture) perfect ;)

  • Jen Y @ brokentequila - What a fun, cute idea. I must try this!

  • Hannah H - I LOVE origrami prints!! I just recently ordered my first set of prints from them and I’m hooked!

  • amber farnham - I love it!

  • Tara S - Love everything about this!!

  • JennyV - Super cute! This is a project that I can get behind- quick and easy!

  • Monica - Beautiful pictures!

  • Mel - I love that you print photos, that is something I need to improve on!

  • Kim - Love the prints!

  • Katie P - I love Origrami prints! What a cute way to display them!!

  • Kimberly - Very cute! Love the prints!

  • Kate B - Love it! And excited to learn about Origrami – love the prints and packaging! Thank you for sharing!

  • Cara - Very cute! I love my Origrami prints…I really need to order more!

  • Kristi K. - Thanks for the Origrami tip. Spent 15 minutes to upload my Instagram Hawaii trip. So glad that I geotagged them… I can’t wait to get mine in the mail. They have lots of other cool options, too, so I’d love to win. Fingers crossed :)

  • Tara - I have been wanting to try origrami and this diy is perfect! Thanks, as always, for a delightful post.

  • Erin - I love simple DIY projects – good thinking!

  • Amy Lopez - Those prints are so cute!

  • Katy C - A great DIY project! I love that you added the deer!

  • Katie - Love it! And those prints are perfection…..thank you for the chance!

  • angie webb - I love pictures and it has been far too long since I ordered any!

  • Michelle @ life to table - the best DIY are the easiest ones!…for me anyway :)
    love that pic of you and little one- such a special moment.
    thank you for the generous giveaway

  • Cynthia Contreras - These are super cute! XO

  • Carol Paxman - Although my pictures are no where near as good as yours, I still love to display them and see the smiling faces of all the people I love!

  • Susan - What a great and easy DIY! And yes, it counts!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win a set of prints. Would be nice to have for my new granddaughter photos!

  • Kelly - Love how these turned out! Can imagine a whole row of these in my dining room.

  • Liz - I would love Origrami prints. These look like so much fun to hang up and change with the seasons :)
    Love your blog

  • Cara Yeh - What a fun diy! I know what I will be looking for at Target, today. :)

  • Karyn - Love how these look! what a great idea.

  • Natalia Diaz - What a sweet DIY! I love that you added the deer to the stand. I have a few forrest creature figurines that I’ll be doing this with! Thank you for the idea!

  • Hayley - No DIY is too small to share – never know who you’ll inspire. I just DIYed a wall photo holder and have no photos to pin to it yet. Squareprints would be perf!

  • Amy - Great idea! Can’t go wrong showing off your wonderful photos. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m always looking for new photo printing sites. :)

  • Emily F - Love it!!!

  • SuzieH-12 - So cute!

  • Kaia - Adorable. :)

  • ranee - so cute! thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jessica - love the holder, and love that it’s so easy even more!

  • Donna - This is the cutest DIY ever!!!!

  • Allie - Oh how fun!! I love the little deer :) I have got to order some of the square prints. Just need to commit — I know I’ll end up loving them. Thanks for the reminder to get the pictures off the computer and into my life.

  • Krista W. - So cute!!!! I love squareprints!!! :)

  • Arlene - Easy-peasy DIY. The best kind there is! Thanks for sharing.

  • Leslie N. - I love would love a chance to win – I haven’t used Origrami before and it would be a great opportunity to try them out!

  • Susannah H. - Thanks for this fun giveaway!!

  • Erin H - Love, love, love super easy DIYs that involve pictures! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Tiffiny - Love this!

  • Jen - Oh my! So cute & I love how fast and easy! ????

  • rychelle - I’m really excited to try out Origrami.

  • Diane Stevens - Love!! Sending to my oldest daughter so we can try this!!

  • Elizabeth - Very clever idea!

  • Susan - Such simplistic brilliance!

  • Rae - I LOVE this!!! How cute! You are brilliant!
    Would love a pack :)

  • Carrie - Love how this is so simple, yet totally adorable.

  • Veronica A. - I’d love to get those squareprints from Origami! I have a project in mind… :-)

  • Linda B. - I would love to try Origrami…Thanks.

  • Laura M. - Very cute! I love displaying photos, but always am afraid to be “too committed” with frames and such. Very fun.

  • Katie - Love this! And would love to try their prints

  • Tonpia - Supercute and one that I may actually be able to accomplish.

  • Debbie - I absolutely love this. Looks beautiful and so simple.

  • meagan B - woohoo!

  • suzy - Super easy idea! I see the little stands all over the craft store and have used them for parties, now a dual purpose. Thanks for sharing.

  • Diane - So cute! And so are your kids! I would love to win!

  • bev - yes please! so cute!

  • Cathy Shealy - I would love try Origami.

  • Jeanne - So much fun!

  • Jillian - What a cute idea!I love those little square prints!

  • Megan Clausen - Love Origrami and your blog! Thank you for sharing yourself and your family so authentically and artistically!

  • Lisa K - Great DIY! I need some simple projects!!!! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!!!

  • erika - would love these!

  • Jessica - I would LOVE to try Origrami! Thanks for the opportunity to win, and I Love your blog!

  • Ingrid - Such a cute, simple idea!

  • Tonya - I love this and I need to get better about printing off my pictures. Thank you!

  • candace - I love origami! I am waiting on a package from them right now! Their packaging is what sold me at first, but the quality is also great.

  • Caitlin Tufts - lovely!

  • Jackie - That is such a cute idea!!

  • Linnea - Love those heavier square prints!

  • Kathy - These are adorable!

  • Gracie - Hi! This is SO cool! I really need to print out my pictures! I’m doing the snapshop workshop and Mrs. Campbell has REALLY helped me improve my skills already! I need to print the pictures I’ve taken throughout the course!

  • Melanie Gillen - These are adorable! I love the simplicity!

  • Rachel B - I have to get my phone pictures printed….I am missing out on great shots!

  • Teresa Young - you always capture such wonderful and beautiful moments. what a great way to show them off!

  • Jude - would love to win this! :)

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle - Adorable photo holders! And thanks for the chance to win free prints. :o)

  • Amy L. - Your ideas are awesome!!!

  • Kristi Rediske - I would love to win this-they are so neat and I love square pictures! Cute ideas!

  • Susanna - So cute! I love the deer one the best!

  • Melissa B - Love it! You are full of great ideas!

  • Betty - Cuter!

  • Tessa - I love the square prints and would love to win a set.

  • Jill Farrell - Love this!

  • shawn hoddinott - I love taking pics!

  • jennifer l - Adorable! I love creative ways of displaying Instagram prints!

  • JoniBug - Good idea, thank you!

  • Leslie - So, so cute! You can NEVER have enough ways to display precious family photos. Thanks for idea!

  • Jenny G - I would LOVE to try something like this. I love taking pictures, but have a hard time picking ones to print. If I could change them out, I’d be able to print all of the ones I love.
    I’m totally making these soon.

  • Laura - Swoon! Need to make those!

  • Faye C - Simply fun! I love it.

  • Lisa - Love the idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Briana - Would love to win some Origrami prints! Love your not-really-DIY projects :)

  • Margo - Oh….how fun it this! I would love to win a set of prints!

  • Alicia - I love a giveaway! Craft is cute!

  • Robyn - very cute idea!!!

  • karen brown - love a quick, cute DIY! Pics would be a great Mother’s Day gift for the grandmas!

  • Katie Morris - Super cute! I need some prints like that!

  • Krystal - What a fab idea!! I am all about something simple :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Heidi - I would love these! I’ve been planning to do a photo ‘clothesline’ on my very blank walls :-)

  • Crystal - I love this post. Simple DIYs are the best!

  • Aj - I love to read what you are making!

  • Claire H. - What a great idea! I’m not very crafty, but I think even I could handle this project. I’ve been wanting to try Origami for awhile – would love to win the giveaway.

  • Julie - I’ve always wanted to try Origrami. Looks like great quality, and the packaging is just cute!

  • Jacque - These are adorable!

  • Libby - Love this project…thanks for the chance to win!

  • Anna - Love it! I might just have to copy this for my kids room :)

  • Natalie - hooray for simple! Fingers crossed for a win :)

  • jelena - Love this idea!

  • shatcher - Sweet idea!!

  • MC - Very pretty!

  • ajira - Lovely idea. Always nice to have another way to display pics around the home. Having a print is so different than looking at the image on a screen. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • keilah - Ooh, how cute! How come I’ve never thought about making prints before?!

  • Emily - What an adorable idea!!

  • Charity Boehm - I would love to get some of my Instagram pics printed! And what a great way to display them! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Miller - Square prints are so great! Would love to print some Instagram pics!

  • Emili - How quick and easy!! Great idea!

  • Erica - Love it!

  • EGM - I hope I can find some of the same at Target!

  • SS - Cute!

  • Elizabeth - What a fun, easy way to display your photos!

  • Mill6932 - Nice! Creative solution!

  • Adrienne DeRosa - Your images are so refreshing, and so true! I always look forward to you coming up on my Instagram feed????

  • Rose E. - Love the deer!

  • Allison - Cute and, more importantly, simple!

  • Alissa - Thanks for the easy idea to display photos without hanging

  • Amanda - Love this idea!!!

  • Dorrinda - I’ve been following your blog for 2-3 years now but have never posted a comment…I guess that makes me a lurker;) I love your DIY projects no matter how simple or complex! I also really enjoy reading about all of the different groups and organizations that you support and write about.

  • Jenny Lawson - This would be awesome!!

  • Lauren - So cute! Love the Origami prints!

  • Christin - YAY! Quick and simple DIY! Love

  • Nichole Young - Oh Deer! That is sweet! I love those square cards….although I have not tried them myself..hint, hint ;)

  • Amy - Cute!

  • ashley jensen - Such cute little photos! Love the little box they pics come in!

  • Amy Maslowski - These are adorable! You inspire me to get my photos printed and displayed–and given away to loved ones!

  • Caitlin Weaver - I have yet to print ANY of my instagram pictures! These are so cute, and I love the little box they come in!

  • mia - oh how I love a quick craft!

  • brittney - I love how easy it is, but comes out cute!

  • Melinda S - It would be neat to use sticky dots and make it a 2 sided display too! I’ll have to look for these:)

  • Cathy - ohhh…I love easy new ways to display prints! :)

  • Krystle Detwiler - Oh great! Something else to spend money on at Target! ;) Great idea!

  • Michele - Merry Christmas!

  • Lauren - Adorable! And I love that little deer also… this makes me want to go out and buy a pack of fake deer. Haha.

  • parla - gorgeous prints!

  • Ruth Ann Moss - So cute! Love them.

  • Jerri-Rae Phillips - Love this DIY idea…a lot cuter than frames!!!

  • Emily - I would love some square prints!!

  • Katie V - Love this idea! Such a sweet and simple “thinking of you” gift!

  • April - So simple and adorable!

  • Mary - pick me! pick me! these are so cute!

  • Noelle Keller - With the amount of time my children have cameras in their faces, I realllllly hope I win this!

  • Sara S. - Such a cute and simple idea! I really need to print out my photos and display them.

  • Connie - super easy and cute! Will have to try!

  • karen - love this idea. so simple and so cute. Thanks!

  • bethany - Love them!

  • Melissa hoffman - So fun! Love this idea

  • Sarah Marie - Love all things photos! Thanks for always posting what is on your heart!

  • Jody Greenlee - Thank you for always reminding me that creativity is important for body and soul.

  • Megan - Cute idea! Pick me! Pick me! :)

  • Sara - Your DYI is super cute! Thanks for a chance to win some photos, so I can make it!

  • Kathie McAuliffe - I love quick and simple DIY! With twin boys it is all I ever have time for!

  • Ayschia Kuykendall - Great idea to display month by month photos of my growing 5 month old! :)

  • Jena - Everything you do is darling, even if its super simple! :)

  • Nikki - So simple and so cute! Would love to win!

  • Jeanne - A charming idea for displaying photos and I love the square-shape!

  • jenn - Very cute, clever and creative

  • Bev - So cute, love instagram pics.

  • Allison - These are all sorts of cute and simple

  • Charity G. - Such a cute project and, as you said, simple. I love it!

  • Canda Lepage - I’d love to finally print out some of my photos.

  • love to teach - I absolutely love your blog!! My day doesn’t feel complete without visiting :) Blessings to you and your family!!

  • Sundee Powers - I love it!! I’ve been looking for Instagram printing companies…thank you!!

  • romy - I love these! And the packaging is adorable! :)

  • kim howell - I am loving quick and easy projects these days! It’s nice to have something done and pretty up the room with minimal time invested. love these!

  • Andrea - I love it! Thank you!

  • Pam - Great idea!

  • Melissa Fuller - Love this idea!

  • Debbie Karwoski - Fast & easy & cute – right up my alley.

  • Kristen - Super cute idea!! I love quick and easy DIY projects : )

  • Wen - Sooo cute! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  • Bry - Would love to win! Thank you!

  • DawnF - How super cute is that?! Such a great idea!

  • Shelby - Yes please!

  • Jasmine - What a perfectly quick DYI project! Love it!

  • Urangoo - So cute and easy ^^

  • Shaune M - This is my kind of DIY! simple yet so so adorable and functional! Thanks for posting

  • Michelle - Awesome!!

  • Erica - Love the way the package these prints!

  • Britta - oh, I have a bunch of photos that need printing…

  • Ana - great idea! I love your blog :)

  • Laurel - This is great Ashley!

  • Stephanie - Cute Cute Cute!! love the double duty aspect-cute placeholder and photo holder-brilliant :)

  • Diana - The little deer makes it so cute!

  • Rosie Abel - Last week I started taking the Snap Shop Phone Photo class. I’m a beginner to my iPhone, photography and IG, so I’m learning so many new things. What I think I like the best about the class,has been a surprise to me. It is that Ashley Ann’s approach to photography makes you slow down and appreciate the tiny things you love about your life. I just started, yet have found so many reasons to be grateful. Thanks Ashley Ann!

  • becky d. - What a fun DIY (plus it is from Target, so, bonus!)…I so need to win this, I have so many pictures to print from a my Spring Break trip to Orlando!

  • sharee - super cute and easy, love:)

  • Caroline - You are so stinkin’ creative! Envious!

  • Natalie - These are adorable! You come up with the best stuff- no matter how easy it is!

  • Jane Bee - Such a fun easy project. I have been wanting to order from Origrami prints.

  • Mary - Thanks for the opportunity and introduction!

  • Melanie Bent - I love it. Simple, cute and practicle!

  • Laura - Um…yes please!!! Thank you!

  • Alisa - LOVE LOVE these! and since I have 0 pictures in my house from the last two years of our family, this would be a great place to start! Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  • Lucy - Nice! I should insta more :)

  • amanda - did i mention that i LOVe your honesty and down-to-earthnes?? your youngest is mom is an adopted korean so i have a special love for all asain adoptees. (;

  • Britney D - Awesome!

  • Laurie Petersilie - Cute and simple. My kind of DIY.

  • Kate - Great idea on the project! And love the giveaway. :)

  • Candy - Sooo cute! And I’d never heard of this company so thank you!: )

  • Becky - Cute idea!

  • Steph - I love Origrami!! They are an awesome Aussie business!!

  • Erin - The easier the project the better!

  • Gina - Fun idea!!! I have always wanted to try Origrami prints. Thanks for the give away!!M

  • Angela - I’m so behind on having photos printed. This would be perfect. :)

  • Kirin - I love how you make simple = beautiful! Well done :)

  • Andrea - Such a great idea!! I might have to pick up some of these stands from Targwt to make my own this weekend!

  • Lara - Love Origrami! I think I first heard of them from your blog a long time ago! They were on your framed chicken wire. I still have the picture in my head. So cute! :)

  • Isa - This is a Genius idea! I am surching for a fantastic simple Thinge like this!!!!

  • Lillian - s Haiti Relief Bounty Tournament will match all bounty money won and donate the total relief efforts to Haiti up to
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  • Estelle M. - Super cute tutorial! What a lovely way to display your photos.

  • Courtney - Such a cute idea!

  • michelle - I just a new camera yesterday! Can’t wait to see what prints look like!

  • Nicole - This looks like so much fun!

  • Heather Burris - Thank you for the opportunity! I love this idea and am planning to make some for my home <3

  • kassondra - So cute! Would love to win. I have not been able to print any of my instagram images yet.

  • Gina - Cute idea! The oragami prints are awesome.

  • alicia - So cute! Id love to win!

  • Emmy - So simple and cute! Sometimes those are just the projects you need.

  • Stephanie - I love square prints!! Great way to display!

  • Lauryn - Great idea! And great prints!

  • Maggie Perry - AHH!!! I love this idea! We are in the process of decorating our sons room (we’re adopting him from Eastern Europe) and this would be such a cute touch!!!! :)

  • Kel - Thank you! And congrats on being an aunt again! Cute box…

  • Robin C. - If you did it yourself, YES, it’s a DIY. (Just like when I use a cake mix to make a cake. I made it at home so, YES, I call it homemade!) :) Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  • Mia White - So cute, love them!

  • LeeH - This is such a great, simple idea, and I had not heard of Origrami before. Thicker paper, awesome!

  • Kimberly - I would love new prints of my almost 1 year old!

  • Renata - Cute project and fun giveaway!

  • Kris Reynolds - So very clever.

  • Jeni - These are so cute!!!

  • Elaine - That’s smart DIYing!

  • susie - It’s amazing how many people comment when we will get something free! Cute idea!

  • Nicole L. - Those are so cute! I love the different designer backgrounds you can choose from.

  • nancy - thank you for keeping me inspired to capture my everyday with my littles. I want to order these now!

  • Jeanette - So cute!

  • Joy Faber - We have a newborn and SO MANY pics that need to be printed. Thanks for the offer, Ashley!

  • Deanna - Would love to win this! I need to print some photos again soon…

  • Misha - So cute!

  • Wendy - Perfect timing. I’ve been looking for a quick, inexpensive way to display photo prints. Love it!

  • Jody - Love the deer!

  • Suzi Kern - Any chance you know where the deer came from? Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Brendazzle* - Love the deer. Maybe you should add more animals to your frames.

  • Danielle Townsend - Awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Rena - I love printing pictures! And your little deer is the cutest!

  • Hazel Palencia - Ashley, how do you manage to be a mom, run a business, blog & make crafts – with 5 kids? I only have 2 boys (2.5 & 1 y/o) and I can’t even manage my time.

  • Kelly K - I would love to try these out. I love the idea of thicker prints

  • Jina - Yay! How cute!

  • Kathy Sproles - those square prints are so cute! The box is lovely, too!

  • Christy - Love this ????

  • Bek - Easy peasy! Great idea!

  • eleo - hello, I want to enter the giveaway ^^

  • carole bahler - i due to print some of my instagram/iphone photos :)

  • Vicki S - Love the paper. Great idea!

  • Nichole Brookman - So, so cute!

  • Lisa Reed - Love the square photos!

  • Cynthia - I love this idea!! I see a Target run in the near future :) Thanks!!

  • Leah - Love it! Thanks!

  • Tracie M. - LOVE the square prints and I’ve bookmarked this company.

  • Awbree - I’d love some new prints!! And I still haven’t tried origrami…and I’d love to!!! ??

  • Elizabeth H - SUPER CUTE!! simple is the best!

  • Nikki C - What a clever but easy idea. Thanks for introducing Origrami to me! I’m definitely interested in checking them out :)

  • Lisa F - Cute!

  • Daniel H. - I will be giving this a try for sure! Is the deer just a regular plastic toy or something more? A deer photo stand.. drew me in like a moth to a flame… lol

  • Judy - So cute. I love this idea!

  • Lindsay Soetaert - You make cute so simple!!!! Love your ideas.

  • Paula - This would be so fun to win!

  • Tawnya - I absolutely love these and have never tried origami prints…Would love to try them!

  • Brooke - Love this! I need to be better about actually printing photos to display in our home. I always love it when I take the extra time to do it!

  • Heather McDonald - I’ve been wanting to try origrami! Looks like they do a great job.

  • Jodi Lemons - I LOVE your blog!! Makes me smile every time I read it. Thanks for hosting this giveaway :)

  • Angela - So creative!

  • Nina Bunk - I just ordered for the first time from origami.waiting for them to come, did you notice it took extra long to get them.

  • kribss - What a cute little project! Something my daughter could help me with me- love it!

  • Tracy - Just finished a bedroom re-do, good idea for picture display in our new space!

  • Jen - Where do you get your Washi tape? You always have the cutest tape, and kids….

  • Claudia P - I love origami!

  • kristine - yes please. :)

  • Carmen K - You make all things look so great. I love the little deer. Beautiful photos as always!

  • Jenna - Love this idea! So cute and easy!

  • Aly - I’ve been wanting to try the squareprints from Origrami!

  • Tara - These are darling! I think I’ll order some for mothers day :)

  • preveena - I am so inspired by all the things you do. Its such a joy to read your blog.

  • Martha Grace - The Origrami square photos are the perfect size for displaying photos. I love your idea, especially adding the deer to the stand!

  • Jes - Wow, so cute and fast!

  • Amber R. - Love Origrami prints! It’s been a while since I have ordered… Thanks for reminding me! Cute idea too!

  • Kristen Nichols - Love it!

  • Leah Ann - Great idea, and love that it’s fast and easy! Even the Origrami photo box is sweet! Thanks for the giveaway offer!!!

  • Oceana - Love the square prints, they’re so fun to display around the house. Would be cool to try them out!


  • AshleyAnn - Jen – I have some from, SomiTape (visited there while in China) and a bunch gifted to me from thoughtful friends!

  • AshleyAnn - Nina – it does take a little longer because it is coming from Australia

  • Elise Gahan - I am needing to print new instagram prints! I’d love to win these

  • Kemper - I’m so excited to be using new products that you introduced in SnapShop. I’ve only known of Snapfish. Hooray for NEW!

  • Katie - What a clever idea. I would love to recreate this diy project!! Thanks!

  • Kirby Grein - What a great idea!

  • Jaso - Thanks for a great giveaway.

Very rarely do I get photos of me and my boys. They are usually too hard to chase down and I don’t want to wear them out by asking all the time. However, last night we celebrated a big academic milestone with them.  We have been working hard together for months and I wanted a shot of the four of us. Getting a simple photo of me with my boys is such a process.

First, there is a 3 year old. Either she wants to be in every picture or she runs from the camera. She is three. Last night she wanted in all the photos. For those of you that have little ones like my girl, one way I handle this is to just take a photo with her in it. It usually makes her happy and then we can move on…this worked for the other 4 when they were in similar phases.

4.15meandboys-1Next, there is the reality that my boys find it physically impossible to sit next to me and just smile at the camera.4.15meandboys-2So, I usually embrace their ideas for a shot or two.4.15meandboys-3Finally, I might be able to get them to snap one shot without strange faces or random hand movements.4.15meandboys-4The sun came back out after we took that shot, so the light was all splotchy and in our eyes again. I really wanted one more shot that showed how tall they are getting. We had to repeat the WHOLE process again, but in the end it was worth it.4.15meandboys-5I only have a few photos a year that show me standing next to the kids. It is incredible to look back on and see how much they grow. I can only imagine what this will look like in a year…we are inching closer to the day my firstborn passes me! He knows the day is coming too….and he can’t wait.

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  • Gaby {} - I have a 9 months baby and hundred of photos of her but only a few where I’m in them -even less with all three of us!-. This post has remind me to just embrace the moment and face the camera with my little girl. :)

  • Mary - Love these pics of you and your boys! I am realizing more every day how rewarding it is to have pictures of our children (and grandchildren) as they grow. You do an awesome job of ‘documenting’ your children’s childhood. And I love that you include photos with you (and dad). These pictures are treasures now and will become more cherished as time passes.

  • Liane - I love how you described the process of getting a photo.. It was definitely worth it, that last photo is gorgeous :)

  • Tiffany LaBelle - Congrats on your academic milestone! Thank you for sharing your pics of you and the boys. They are so special.

  • Tanya - Great pictures! Nice work always getting the shot. :-)

  • Diana - great shots with your boys! You can clearly see the love there!

  • Candice - Love it! And that is a great method! I can’t believe how tall they all are getting!

  • Tiffany gardn - I know you don’t talk much about your homeschooling journey but I wanted you to know I think it would be really great to hear from you about this! After 6 years in public schools… I started my homeschooling journey. We too are part of a cc community in OKC! I think you are great and I’m inspired by you! I feel I Have a lot to learn From your words! Love this blog and the light you spread! Tiffany

  • Allison - Such a beautiful family!! Not sure if I like the goofy ones or the non-goofy ones the best….

  • Paige E - These are great! Good job, Mama! But dude, what did you do to your toe???

  • suzy - Oh the family photo, an never ending battle in our family as well. And oh, growing boys. My first born has been taller than me for a year, but we did hit another mile stone. He can now get items from the top shelf, where I cannot. Oh my baby is growing so quickly!

  • ranee - such great photos…cute boys and cute mama! :)

  • Rikki - So sweet – and what a beautiful mama you are!

  • Leslie - Great photos! As moms, we NEVER get enough photos of us with the kids. Thanks for reminding me to work on that! They grow so, so quickly.

  • Ruth - Fab photos and great photography tips! Thank you!
    I’m curious how tall you are. I’m wondering at what age my boy will be taller than me!
    His Dad and his Grandad are over 6 foot and I’m only 5ft7 so it won’t be too long I expect!! ????

  • Jolene - Getting in the frame is so hard to do :) Love your beautiful shots of you and your sweet boys!!

  • AmyK - Love them all! They make me smile.

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - Really sweet.

  • Charity G. - I’ve given up on “normal” pictures with my boys. I figure if 3/4 look good I can’t ask for more. Great tips, certainly worth a try. And the idea of standing pictures is great. I’m not awesome about always getting in pictures with them, though I do try, but I like the visual of their growth that you mention.

  • meg duerksen - look at that colorful dress! ;)
    you are so fun. and nice. and sweet. and i miss you like crazy!

  • Liz - This sounds totally random – but omg I love your shirt! Where did you get it from?

  • Elizabeth H - ohhh. I love this! My oldest (14!) is taller than me!
    every passing year, I look back at photos & just sit in awe at the young man he is becoming.
    photo’s w/ sons = TREASURE!