DIY Photo Blocks

Okay, seriously, June has been absolute insanity around here.

The parents came for a visit, we’ve been searching for a car, Jeremy’s been working a lot of extra hours, we’ve had lots of church activities, I’ve been re-doing Susannah’s room, planning her 5th birthday party, and next week we leave for Washington (yay!).

I’m almost done with Susannahs room – at least I’m almost done with what I have planned for this month. There will probably be a few projects I’ll work on as I have time before it’s completed but at least it’s liveable now.

I thought I’d share one of the projects this week since my blog has been a total ghost-town for most of the month, and hopefully I’ll be able to share more of her room and party next week.

These photo blocks turned out so cute!

I was inspired by these found on Pinterest, of course (please don’t pin this image from my blog):


How adorable is that?!

Here’s how I replicated them.

  • Cut wood to desired sizes.  Mine were 3.5″x3.5″.  The long ones are 1.5″x5.5″ (thanks, Jerm!).  Sand all the edges smooth.
  • Stain wood.  I used whatever we already had laying around.  I added some black paint for a more aged look.
  • I wanted a black border for my photos so I painted the front edges before adding the photo.
  • Cut the photo to fit the block or just a tiny bit smaller.  Make sure no part of the photo is extending over the edge of the wood.  Spread a layer of ModPodge on the wood and place photo on top, smoothing out any air bubbles.  Spread a layer of ModPodge on top of photo.
  • Distress the edges of the photo with ink.
  • I also made some birth stat blocks and for added stability added some glue dots.  Since they’ll be in Susannah’s room I’m sure they’ll need it. 😉

Love!  I can’t believe she’s five already.


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36 thoughts on “DIY Photo Blocks”

  1. so on pinterest it showed how to TRANSFER the photo onto the block. you just basically pasted it with Mod Podge? hmmmm….which way do you think is better?

    1. I’ve never tried the other method because you have to use a certain kind of printer ink, but I’m going to try it one of these days.
      This was something totally different.

    2. I have done both and I like doing it with Modge Podge. I thought the transfer way was super time consuming. And color laser jet printers and their cartridges can get quite costly. So, for those two reasons…I lean towards this version.

    1. Great idea, thanks.

      I found you via the Tuesday Talent Show from Chef in Training
      I have linked up a simple little cheese and cracker plate
      Have a super week.

  2. These are absolutely gorgeous (as is your little girl). I definitely want to do something like this for my baby and toddler 🙂

  3. This is just the cutest thing ever! I absolutely LOVE this idea and have to try to make one for my daughter 🙂 And of course I just have to say that your daughter is adorable may god bless her.

  4. Oh my gosh! Those are precious! Love, love, love them!!! Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” Hopefully we’ll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week’s party! 🙂 -The Sisters

  5. I loved these. Your baby is so cute. Thanks for sharing. I’m new to blogging and don’t know all the right terms, but I shared your idea and linked back to your site. Hope I followed blog ettiquette.

  6. Darling! Did you just print the name and birth stats on patterned paper or did you use vinyl?

    1. I used distress ink and just ran the pad along the edges. I’m sure there’s a more scientific way to do it, but it worked for me.

  7. Love this Idea…. I would like to make one for a friend. Did you just type out the words that you want to use on the block, what size font?Did you use a special program?

  8. what kind of paper did you use to print the photo on,,I think I might like to make one for my grandson ? they are lovely ,thanks for sharing

  9. You said you used distressed ink… Is that a certain type of ink?

    What type of wood did you use?

    When u added the black paint for an aged look did you add it to the stain?

    Thanks!! Can’t wait to make them!!!!

    1. I used the black Distress Ink – you can find it at any craft store.
      I don’t know what the wood was – probably pine. I bought it at Lowes.
      I didn’t like the way the stain looked so I added the black paint after I had stained it.
      Hope that helps.

  10. Did u just use photo paper? I tried my first one and after I put the mod lodge on the top it creates bubbles under the paper?

      1. I’ve read that if you have a “glossy” print, mod podge won’t work. Need to print it out in “matte”

  11. So beautiful! I need to make some of these myself!
    I am visiting from Skip to my Lou, and I have been looking through all your projects. You have some great, great stuff here! I would love it if you’d come over and link up some of your OLDER posts (that’s right, Older). I host and oldie’s link party, where we strive to give a little more exposure to those old, awesome posts that we were writing when only our moms and husbands were reading our blogs (or was that just me?!?)
    So, consider stopping by!

  12. Did you just use the regular matte modge podge? Or gloss? I’m trying to figure out which one would be the best.

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