Are you guys in the Valentine’s Day mood yet? Or are you still wishing friends and family a “Happy New Year”? Until just a few days ago, I was definitely the latter, but making this Valentine’s Day flip book quickly had me singing a different tune. That’s right, love is in the air, and since this is without question my favorite holiday to craft for (see all our fun past projects!), we’re kicking things off with this DIY that brings still photos to life. Keep reading for the step-by-step instructions…

  1. Photograph the action. I recommend using a tripod to ensure stability, and to ensure that your frame remains consistent through all the photos. Set your camera to “Continuous Shooting Mode” or “Burst Mode,” then let it fire away as the subject does the action. This may take a few takes, so don’t be discouraged! See this general guide for shooting in Continuous Mode, but since each camera is different, be sure to seek out instructions for your specific model.
  2. Print your slides. If you have between 30-50 individual photos, print one copy of each. If you have between 15-25 individual photos, print two copies of each. Cut out photos with a paper cutter.
  3. Arrange photos in your desired order. If you printed two copies, you have the option to double up on each slide, or stack the copies so that your action loops twice.
  4. Enjoy your flip book. You have the option to secure with a small binder clip, or just hold tight with your fingertips and flip through the slides. Notice any slides that get caught because they’re just a hair too big? Use a paper cutter to trim down to make your stack of slides as precise as possible.


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Comments (47)
  1. 1
    Jessica Rose January 22, 2015 at 7:21 am

    This is adorable….really cute.

    • Mirra February 14, 2016 at 7:54 am

      So cute i might make one or a million SO CUTE

  2. 2
    Kelly C January 22, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Is this the cutest thing I have ever seen? Yes. It. Is!

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    Vanessa @ Living in Steil January 22, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I’m definitely the latter — still wishing people a Happy New Year, but I love this flip book. Such a great idea and really thoughtful.

    • Chanel Dror January 23, 2015 at 9:09 am

      I know! Right there with ya… happy new year 😉

  4. 4
    dianna January 22, 2015 at 9:42 am

    this is adorable!!!!!!

  5. 5
    Molly Kendrick January 22, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Chanel, I am dying over this!

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    Alice January 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Absolutely adore this idea. If I have enough time on hands I’ll definitely give it a shot – although I can already imagine myself messing it up.

    X Alice

    • Chanel Dror January 23, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Don’t worry, I did too! It probably took me at least 10 takes, but eventually we captured one that was good (enough), and the process itself was half the fun! Good luck 🙂

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    Lemon Freckles (@lemon_freckles) January 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    This is wonderful! Such a gloriously sweet gift. Thanks for the inspiration. x

  8. 8
    Clever Girl Reviews January 22, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    What a cute idea!

  9. 9
    Channing January 22, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    This is a cute idea, I’m never been that into Valentine’s day though

  10. 10
    Jessi Afshin January 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    This is so cool and you’re so cool <3

  11. 11
    The Office Stylist January 22, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Very cute! I love it! That’s a great idea for Valentine’s Day!

  12. 12
    Nicole Mlakar January 22, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Such a fun and unique idea. Had a great time shooting this!

  13. 13
    Stephanie Gawlik January 22, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Chanel, you are seriously the most amazing human. Give me that creative brain!! Xx, Steph

    • Chanel Dror January 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Stoppppp itttttt. I can’t give you my brain, but how about a flip book?

  14. 14
    Kristen Schryver January 23, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Too, too cute, Chanel! Such a sweet idea

    • Chanel Dror January 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Thanks, Kristen! We miss ya, sister.

  15. 15
    Rose Angel Lopez January 23, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Chanel, this is too cute! Love it!!

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    Miss City Chic January 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    This is such a cute idea!!! so creative 🙂

  17. 17
    Esther January 25, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Such a sweet idea!! I want to try this for our wedding anniversary…What type of paper do you suggest printing on?

    • Chanel Dror January 25, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      just a regular white card stock should do!

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    Liska January 25, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I looove this! Such a cute idea, I’m definitely going to make one for valentines day. Like Esther I’d love to know what paper type you used?

    • Chanel Dror January 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you Liska! I just used a regular white card stock!

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    Kate Z January 25, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    I love this, Chanel!!!

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    Naomi January 28, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Extremely lovable!!!! I too created a flip book for one of my friends last Valentine’s with some text and amiable pictures of both of us. He found it the best gift ever. But this one is so creative and cute. I am definitely going to give this to my best friend this year. Thanks for such a wonderful idea.

  21. 21
    allison evans January 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Chanel this is adorable!! Eric is a lucky guy!! 🙂

  22. 22
    Karla February 7, 2015 at 6:08 am

    This is so cute!! <3

  23. 23
    Emily February 9, 2015 at 11:44 am

    This flip book is so cute and thoughtful – Thanks for sharing! I’ve included your post in my Valentine’s Day DIY Roundup today!

  24. 24
    vevapf February 11, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Great Idea!!!



  25. 25
    Foto Video February 13, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Great ideas here!! thanks for sharing

  26. 26
    Katharine March 4, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    What kind of paper did you use?

  27. 27
    Gaby February 13, 2016 at 8:45 am

    This is such a cute and creative gift! Thanks for the idea 🙂

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    Cecilia November 26, 2016 at 12:34 am

    What size did you make the photos?



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