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Photo Block Tutorial ~ Great Gift!!

Hey guys!!
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!

“>Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool

I know I have shown you lots of things my Silhouette Machine can do.  Here is another!
I used Silhouette’s Brown Vinyl to cut out the word Blessings on my machine.
Here is what my computer looked like.  I spaced the letters to get the most letters in the smallest space.
I then let the machine cut it out for me while I burped the baby 🙂
I peeled the letters up from the sheet…
And attached them to my wood block.  Cute… But missing a little something!
So I added a scrolly!
Yep… Much better!
After my photo blocks were all dry I stacked them on top and took a picture for you guys!
Another fun thing is that you can arrange the blocks however you want.
That makes them perfect for a fickle decorator like myself!
Hope you liked them!!  These were so fun to make!!  I can’t wait to make some for myself that I don’t have to wrap up.  I am excited to see their reaction when they receive it though.
So… If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet it’s time!  Go wink at Santa and tell him you need one 🙂

“>Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool

Have a great weekend!
~Whitney

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55 Comments

  1. Lynn on December 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    As a grandma myself I would love to get this for Christmas:-)

  2. Denny Family on December 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    What font did you use??? This is so cute. I'm wanting to make one!!! 🙂

  3. Laura Ingalls Gunn on December 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    This project made me all merry and bright!

  4. Kassi @ Truly Lovely on December 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    What a lovely idea!!! I want a Silhouette Machine SO bad!! I've heard they're great!

  5. Jen on December 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love it. I always get so many great ideas here. I made my mom & mother in law your "JOY" project last year – now making a red version for my aunt. Now this – EEEKKK! Thank you for your creativity. :)Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas.

  6. Lori Katies Rose Cottage on December 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Oh my gosh that is soooo awesome!!
    Thank you for the wonderful
    tutorial!

    xoxo
    Lori

  7. Debbi on December 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Gorgeous! Your in-laws are going to LOVE it.
    Can't wait (!!) to get my Silhouette, so I can make cool stuff, too.
    *smiles*
    debbi

  8. Shelly on December 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Okay, I love it! I want to make EVERYTHING you post! How do you do it with 4 kids? You're my crafting Super Hero!
    Thanks for the great ideas!

  9. pk @ Room Remix on December 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Super cute idea! I love that you can rearrange them.

  10. lynn on December 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    adorable project–and kids! tfs!

  11. Cindy on December 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you so much!! I love this!

  12. **Amy** on December 17, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I love this!! Cute kids! I liked this so much I had to stumble it 🙂

  13. Brenda on December 17, 2010 at 4:39 am

    AWESOME! I LOVE IT! Your MIL will LOVE it..who wouldn't?!

    Adorable kids!
    Happy Holidays!
    Love, Brenda

  14. Dana on December 17, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Absolutely lovely!

    I should do this project–I already have a Silhouette!

    Blessings–
    Dana in IN

  15. CBH on December 17, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Hard to decide which one is more adorable: the fantastic project or the fantastic kids… Thanks for sharing.

  16. ~ Regan on December 17, 2010 at 4:10 am

    VERY very cute. Another terrific idea!

  17. Kate on December 17, 2010 at 3:47 am

    L.O.V.E it! I got a Silhouette for Christmas (scored an awesome cyber monday deal!) Now I am trying to find stuff to make with it. And I'll be making this!!

  18. Kodi and Kaci on December 17, 2010 at 3:47 am

    I know your MIL and she is going to love them! She and I were at the same school last year….love everything you guys do!

  19. Gremma on December 17, 2010 at 3:44 am

    That is so beautiful! I know your in laws will love it! I know I would if I got it. You did a great job!

  20. Rob and Sara on December 17, 2010 at 3:37 am

    That turned out so cute! I love it.

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