• UO DIY: Decorating with Instax

    This holiday, deck the halls with your favorite friends and memories. See our DIY tutorials on decorating with Instax film, so the season can be as personalized as possible.

    If you're dying to get your hands on your very own Instax camera, then you're in luck! We're throwing a contest with Fujifilm and one winner will get (drumroll, please): a $500 UO gift card, one Instax Smartphone Printer and two boxes of Instax Mini Film. Everything you need to get your instant photo DIY dreams off the ground. If you'd like to enter, you must follow Urban Outfitters on Instagram and post an image to your account showing how you decorate using photographs. (U.S. residents only, please!) Make sure to include the hashtags #UOInstaxagram and #UOContest in the caption field or your entry won't be counted! Contest runs from 11/16-12/14, so get snapping! For more details click here.

    Instax Place Settings
    For a completely personalized place setting, use Instax photos of your friends as their place settings. If you have the Instax printer, you can print these out ahead of time, but it's also fun to set up a photoshoot station at your next party and snap your guests on their way in. This gives your table a cute personalized touch and also gives your guest a fun memory of the night to take home.

    Instax Tree
    If your apartment or dorm doesn't have the space for a regular, real tree, then one that hangs on the wall is the next best thing. For this DIY, we used the Instax printer to print out a photo of a pine tree. While it may look complicated, it's actually pretty simple (just time consuming). All you need to do is find a photo of a tree you like and then manually crop it into Instax-able sized portions. This one took a lot of Instax film, but using a smaller template means less photos.

    If you don't have the patience for cropping, another fun (and personal!) way to make a wall tree is by arranging photos you already have into the shape of a tree. Simply outline a triangle on your wall and fit your photos in wherever you'd like. The easiest way to hang them up is with double-sided tape: easy to apply, easy to remove, and generally leaves walls mark-free. To ramp up the Christmas spirit, hang string lights around your final product. Insta-tree!

    Instax-inspired String Lights
    For a more personal touch on classic string lights, we hung up Instax photos of our favorite moments to help make them stand out a little more. For this DIY, all you need are a couple sets of string lights (we used these), an assortment of photos, and mini clothespins. To hang the string lights, we wrapped the wire around nails, but if you're unable to put so many deep holes in your walls thumbtacks work just as well and leave less of a mark.

    Once your string lights are hung up, all you need to do is hang your photos where you want them. It's that easy! This is easy to do in the bedroom or living, and gives your room that cozy glow that makes the holidays feel that much more magical.

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