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Heart-Embroidered Photo

Even if your mom's on Instagram, she'll adore a framed photograph for Mother's Day—especially one embellished with the equivalent of a heart emoji.

heart embroidered photo diy

Photography: Johnny Fogg

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2019


  • Matte photo paper

  • Embroidery needle

  • Embroidery floss

  • Pin

  • Cardboard or cork slab

  • Frame


  1. Print out a favorite on matte photo paper in black-and-white (it'll make the colorful thread pop).

  2. Download and print the template, cut it out, and place it on your picture.

  3. Poke holes through the grid on the template with a thick pin (tuck a protective piece of cork or cardboard underneath), and connect the dots with cross-stitches in embroidery floss.

  4. Slide the finished photo into a frame, and you have a totally unique gift all sewn up.

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