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Thursday, June 7, 2012

PHOTO BLOCKS!! Fun, creative way to display photos

UPDATE: I've had several questions about the blocks and if I purchased or made them.

Purchased wood at Lowes, cut, spray painted, and distressed with sandpaper. I recommend washing or wiping blocks down really well after sanding so the specks of paint don't show up on the photos. If you need the wood cut I thought Lowes was much much nicer then Home Depot about cutting the blocks.



I love to see the joy these little blocks bring. This was an update to a set of blocks I'd given during Christmas last year. On the back I added the new grandchildren and updated the other pictures of how they've grown. She was in tears just looking at them (melts my heart) :)


I tear the photo up to leave a jagged white edge. They have edge rippers but they don't work well with photo paper. Much easier to tear by hand. I usually print two sets of photos just in case I mess up.



Add a nice even coat to attache the photos


I start around the edges to make sure they are all sealed


Then even out the layer  (I made a mess of the side of this one but used a wet cloth to wipe the excess off)


Let dry and add a second coat if you didn't cover any spots. 


Ta-DA!!!! 



Other blocks I've done.





Thank you for stopping by!


61 comments:

  1. This is great!!!! Love it... Glad I found your blog too!

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  2. What do you use to paint the blocks with and how do you do it? I love the black! This is so awesome:)

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  3. Thank you! I used spray paint. Don't worry about covering them completely since you'll distress with sand paper once they are dry.

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  4. Gorgeous blocks! What do you use for your letters? You do an amazing job!

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  5. Thank you Malena! I added the letters on the computer in a photo editing program. I haven't tried but I bet stickers would work too. Thank you so much for the nice compliments!

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  6. Hi, I just love this. Is there any particular photo paper that should be used? Amazing

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  7. Thank you! I get my photos printed at a local 1hr photo place so they won't fade. I prefer the matte paper in general but these were glossy and I thought they turned out just perfect.

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  8. hi i love these but just one question, i've been researching photo blocks on pinterest like you would not believe, even went and bought my supplies but every person that does them uses matte mod podge.... i got the glossy one :( ....is it just about preference or should i have gotten the matte

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  9. Such an awesome idea! Am making this with my little brother for my mum's birthday! (:

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  10. Nice!!! These are awesome, thank you so much for sharing.

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  11. i pinned this idea for my son's openhouse next year. i have tons of extra photos and these would make great table decorations...

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  12. I love this idea! How do you get the photos centered with the black around the edges?

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  13. do you just use regular picture for these or do they need to be on a special paper and how do you take the modge podge off? such a great idea!!!

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  14. What size do you cut the blocks?

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  15. I've added this to favourites as it looks so effective! With christmas coming around the corner, it's gonna make a fab gift for a close friend and her new baby. Thank you for such a wonderful craft idea! xxxx

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  16. I can't wait to try this myself! Thanks for posting.

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  17. Do you think this would work with larger photos? I am going to try it with an 8x10 scenic photo.

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    1. I used a 5x7 and it worked the same as the smaller ones. I tried it on rustic wood, just make sure the front side is smooth or the picture wont stick to to the wood.

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  18. I have done this and got brush lines on my pictures...any suggestions how to not get any lines?

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  19. are these actual pictures or they copies? Great Christmas gifts

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  20. Love this !! Thank You !! Going to make these for some Christmas gifts !!

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  21. Does the Modge Podge dry clear on the pictures?

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  22. I love this idea!! Thanks so much! Making these for a special uncle this Christmas ;)

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  23. Ohhhh My word, Love these so much....Im kinda new to pinning so forgive my lateness....but a couple questions.....what size do you have the wood cut and what program do you have that puts the amazing letters on the pics ahead of time? Thx Nann-Sue V.

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  24. WHAT SIZE ARE THE BLOCKS?

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  25. Are there multiple pictures on one block or is it one picture per block?

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  26. i love!!! this idea i REALLY wanna do this because my Best friends Birthday i coming up...well actually its tomorrow! so i think i will try to get the stuff today and make it!! thank you SOOO MUCH two busy blondes i really love you guy..lol

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  27. This is an awesome idea!! I blog about tips for displaying printed instagram photos and this idea could be used as a display for them too! Thank you for the inspiration! such a neat and easy idea!!

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  28. this is adorable I cant wait to start mine

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  29. Wondering how you put the letters on the blocks?? what did you use to do that? Thanks :)

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  30. WHAT SIZE ARE THE BLOCKS?

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  31. Just Guessin' here:
    SIZE -I think 2x4s are actually 1.5 x 3.5 inches; she had them cut into squares: 3.5x3.5
    LETTERING -I think she put the lettering on before printing them out. Easy to do on Mac Pages document with a text box that you can move to the proper location. No clue for MSWord. Sorry.

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  32. BRUSH MARKS (if you don't want them) - try using a sponge brush (with a light touch) OR use an acrylic gel medium (like Golden brand or Liquitex) - spread with a credit card or something similar. Try the self-leveling clear gel by Golden for a really smooth surface. :)

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  33. I have a question. I tried this and all of the photos bubbled up. How can i prevent this from happening?

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  34. So you paint over the photos?

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  35. Great idea, what photo editing program do you use. This with the the letters would make a great christmas gift

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  36. how come most of the questions are not being answered? is this site no longer maintained?

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  37. i was going to ask that as well. Had several of the same questions i needed answered before i try this. Anyone try this and have helpful hints??

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  38. In the one picture, you have several together. Are they glued together to make the collage (there were 18 photos) or is this just a photo display for us to see what they would like? I would like to make a 20 year collage for a friend and this would be perfect! I was thinking torn black construction paper with torn photos on top of bamboo flooring pieces. Will that work do you think?

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  39. I am reading the questions and if people actually read instructions or read other comments the answers might be there also many are asking questions that the answer is already clear as day.the blocks can b whatever size you want if you go and get a photo printed whats the normal size they do ? and go by that . then u are tearing a portion of that pic of so make sure u cut the blocks after you have got the pics ready so u know what size blocks you need.common sense people.she states on photo paper why are people asking what paper.there not copies there pictures on photo paper geepers read the instructions.she doesn't paint over the photos read instructions she paints the wood then sands it back giving it a distressed look then puts mod on for it to stick etc geepers it really annoyes me I have to scroll thorugh a million questions that r already in the instructions or and ready answered or r simply common sense.go and try it and try diff sizes small big shouldn't matter the concept is the same arrrrr

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  40. The photos on this page say "Protected by owner" and I can't see them...

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  41. Does it matter if you have matte modge podge or will glossy modge podge work fine??

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