We are gearing up to spend Christmas with my in-laws. I love spending Christmas with them. They are the most creative people I know and I hardly ever make them anything… Why make them something that I know they could make better )??
But… I decided to brave it this year and make them some family photo blocks. They love receiving new pictures of my kiddos and if you know me at all, you know that I love photo art! Here is what I made them…
Want to make your own? Here is how I did it…
I started with my wood. I purchased a 2x4x8 and a 2x6x8 from Lowe’s.
You could just stick with one size but I liked the variation.
I cut my wood using my saw into squares. Since the 2x4x8 is actually 3.5″ wide I cut each those 3.5″.
The 2x6x8 is actually 5.5″ so I cut those 5.5″.
I also cut a long piece of the 2×6 about 20″ long.
Then everything received a coat of my very favorite…
After spraying each of the blocks and letting them dry I used an 80 grit sanding block on the edges to shanty it up a bit.
Then I used some dark walnut stain on a sponge brush to darken my sanded edges. I just barely painted it on like below…
And then used an old t-shirt to wipe all of my excess off. This left my edges perfectly shanty.
Here they are ready for my next step!
I used a trimmer to cut my pictures down to size. For my little blocks I do 4×6 photos and my larger ones I like to use 5×7 but I only had 4×6 so I used those for this project. I cut each picture about 1/2″ smaller than the blocks.
I then used some 3M photo safe spray adhesive to attach my photos to my blocks.
This stuff is great! You can leave your blocks like that or add a little Mod Podge like I did.
I like to use Matte Mod Podge.
I used a paint brush to put a thin layer over each block. I only did the side with the picture. It goes on white and dries clear.
Now I used my very favorite new tool for my next step!