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Mother's Day Photo Blocks

DIY Photo Cube from The Refurbished Home

 

 

 

Mother's Day is just around the corner. I already showed you the Rustic Sailboat I made for my Mom last week. Now it's time to show you adorable gift that my son and I made together to give to Nana (AKA my Mom). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love to give sentimental and meaningful gifts. So when my little said he wanted to give Nana pictures of him and all of his cousins, I thought it was a great idea, but I didn't want to just frame a bunch of pictures, so I decided we should create some photo blocks.

Here's what you'll need:

* Wood blocks

* 5-6 photos per block

* Stencil- more detail later

* Mod Podge

* Paintbrush

* Paint (optional)

I started by making the wood blocks out of some scrap 4 x 4's (which actually measure 3&1/2 x 3&1/2"). I cut them to size then painted and distressed them. I used another very small slice of of wood as a stencil for the phtotos. I shaved it a bit smaller than the cubes so in the end it was 3" x 3".

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My parents live on the shore of Lake Michigan and awhile back we had a big family photo shoot done on their beach. I went through and selected 12 photos of all the kids and had them printed. (You could do 5 photos per block and just leave the bottom blank.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While the paint dried on the cubes, we got to work on the photos. I started by laying the "stencil" where I wanted it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He traced around the edges with a pen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then I would go back through and touch up a bit. :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He cut along the lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then I would go through and touch up again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We applied a thin layer of Mod Podge one side at a time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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then centered the photo and thoroughly pressed it down. We did as many sides as we could then allowed it to dry fully. Once we could flip the blocks over, we came back and did the remaining sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When everything dried we applied another layer of Mod Podge over the top of each photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love the way they turned out and I just know Nana will love them too, especially when he is able to tell her how much of it he did by himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to actually transfer your photos to wood rather than just using Mod Podge? 

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