20 minute crafter. how to make a blog header. :)

I have recently received several emails about how to make a blog header...before my sweet blog make-over I used to make new headers all the time...now I just make a new one every so often for my poorly neglected photography blog.  So while it make take you a bit more than twenty minutes the first time...you will get the hang of it and be able to whip up a new one any time you want. :)
You can click on each image to make it bigger. 
First you have to choose a photo...and upload it to picnik.  You can get good use out of the free version.
I usually resize my photos down to 75% to make them quicker to work with...you do this under "edit".
Have fun and mess around with your photo...add text and fun effects to your hearts desire.  When you are done...save it to your desktop.
 Go back to your blog and get to this screen and tab by going under settings.
Click on edit where you blog title is...a little editing window should pop up. 
Click on:
"shrink to fit"
"instead of title"
Get the image that you just made by clicking on "browse"...find it and upload it. 
This is what success looks like. :)  You can preview it to make sure it looks good.
Depending on the size of the photo the thin frame that surrounds your header may be off...the easiest way to fix this is to do the following...
Go under layout: fonts and colors: and change the frame to match the background...in this case I made it white.
 Ta-da!  Personalized cuteness for your blog.  This took me just a few minutes. :)
I will TRY to answer questions in the comments section...but keep in mind I only know what Google has taught me. :)


Jen said...

Thanks!! I was just thinking yesterday I wanted to make a header for my blog! :)

Mary Elizabeth said...

oh yeah - did you ever find out where i can go to change my comment thingie on the blog? hmmm? am still looking. thanks!!

Mary Elizabeth said...

cool! i always forget about that site - thanks for reminding me! do you have another blog????? i'd love to take a peek if you do.

HeatherS said...

I have been struggling with how to change my blog header! I've exporting pictures into power point, converting to a jpeg....takes forever.

Thanks so much. LOVE the blog. Might just make me crafty :)

:) Heather

Vinyl Rocks My World said...

That looks really cute! I love using picnik to edit photos.. I hadn't really thought about making logos on there! Great idea :)

Melissa Stinson said...

This is great! I didn't know you could do effects like that in Picnik- I'm going to have to update my blog header ASAP!

Thank you!

Jingle said...

That is super cool!!!

Jaimie said...

Google Picasa is also really great for making blog headers!

Amber said...

Thanks for the simple instructions. I just tried this on my old blog in blogger to practice. I may go back to it now that I know how to create a cute header so easily. :)

SarahinSC said...

Thanks! I love great tips like that! LOVE your blog!


SO easy!! I've always wondered how people have such cute ones. Thanks for the super simple directions. It took me about 5 minutes total to get it done! THANK YOU!

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