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Turning an Old Photo with Santa into Christmas Decor

December 4, 2023

See how an old childhood picture with Santa Claus was turned into a meaningful piece of artwork for my Christmas decorating.

CHRISTMAS   |   Updated December 3, 2023

Children everywhere grow up doing everything they can to catch a glimpse of Santa leaving toys beneath their Christmas tree each holiday.

Kids stay up late to wait for him and sneak out of their bedrooms hoping to find him in the living room.

This was never something that I needed to do, however, because Santa would visit my house on Christmas Eve night to give me some presents early. Sure, there were still surprises from him on Christmas morning under the tree. But I was lucky enough to get a personal visit every year not long before going to bed. I could sleep in peace knowing that he would be back.

Of course, I got older and I realized that Santa didn't really leave presents under the tree....that was my mom and dad.

And I found out that the Santa that visited my house each Christmas evening was actually my uncle. He didn't show up at my house riding in a sleigh driven by reindeer, but rather a car driven by my aunt.

Every year in his realistic Santa suit, he'd show up not just at my home, but at the houses of his grandchildren and family friends to bring a bit of cheer to the holiday.

This was one of those wonderful childhood memories to look back on and smile.

Those pretend Santas at the mall never interested me because I knew the real Santa.

The opportunity to "meet" Santa and get presents straight from his bag was an incredible gift that I'm sure I didn't appreciate as much at the time as I should have. I'm incredibly grateful to my aunt and uncle for including me in this experience.

In addition to having the opportunity to get a personal Santa visit, I was also lucky enough to have parents who would snap pictures each and every year of this special time.

This Christmas, I decided to turn one of my favorite images into a large black and white piece of art to hang on the wall for the holiday. When pictures are done in black and white, they make such a big statement hanging on the wall.

Now that this picture is done, I'd love to go back and do some more old Christmas pictures and create a whole holiday gallery wall.

Staples Copy & Print has a really simple system for accomplishing the task of transforming photographs into wall art and other photo gifts. (Vistaprint and Shutterfly are also great for this.)

After spending time searching back through my old holiday photos, I found this one of me waiting patiently for Santa to unload his bag. (I'm sure underneath the patience wasn't there, though!)

After scanning the picture into my computer at a very high resolution, I uploaded it to their website. It was there that I transformed the photo from color to black and white. The process was easy and before long I got a package at my door holding my framed picture to hang on the wall.

I was very pleasantly surprised to see that even though I had originally scanned a small 4x6 picture, I was able to turn it into a 16x20 inch print with no signs that it had been enlarged.

It is important to create a high resolution picture (meaning that there are a lot of dots per inch to make up the image) when you scan the image into the computer if you plan on enlarging the picture at all. You want at least 300dpi, but I would recommend using something higher like 600dpi when doing such a drastic size change.

I think turning it into a black and white image also helps with the quality of the image.

The photograph is now hanging over my fireplace mantel decorated for the Christmas season.

I added a lantern, a few red mercury glass ornaments, a garland, and some logs to complete the simple display. (The lantern, metal orb, and mercury glass ornament were all purchased at Hobby Lobby.)

It is a bit of an unconventional color palette for Christmas, but I like the modern black and white look with pops of red.

As a thank you to my uncle for taking on this task every year, I used the same image to get a small ceramic ornament printed to hang on his Christmas tree.

This will be a nice small gift to hand to him this Christmas Eve night. I'm hoping that the thought of playing Santa will bring back many cherished memories for him, like it has for me while working on this project.

This would be a thoughful idea to do for anyone at Christmas....creating a little ornament of a meaningful memory.

This Christmas, I am trying to find ways to incorporate my favorite memories and special details into the holiday season.

This photograph hanging on my wall puts a smile on my face every time I look at it. And it is something that can be kept year after year to keep the memories alive.

Some Other Christmas Posts You Might Enjoy


RUSTIC WOODLAND TABLE DECOR - Set a stunning tablescape that is appropriate through the entire winter season


DIY CHRISTMAS TABLE RUNNER - A No-Sew project for a table runner you can use year-round

MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS PRINTABLE - Download this free vintage art print to decorate your home for the season

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