Cute DIY Photo Blocks – create your own rustic photo displays using recycled wood and a handful of favorite family photos.
Hi everyone, it’s Annika here. Fall is officially here, have you started to feel the urge to craft more lately? I always feel it more strongly when the weather starts to get a bit darker and cooler, and you start to spend more time indoors. Or maybe it’s because I’m in a total nesting mode at the moment, and very excited about our coming family addition 🙂
Today’s craft project is a fairly simple one. My hubby made these cute little wood houses from recycled wood, a while ago, and I really love the rustic feel they add to my decor. Then the other day, I just felt like spicing them up a bit and thought that they would look pretty awesome as photo blocks, with some simple lettering. Since I was going to put them in our nursery, I wanted the pictures to reflect our family. So I chose a couple of images of the hubby and I, a couple of our dogs, and then I wanted to add words like home and love and a couple of paw prints to the blocks, as well.
I’m not going into great detail on how to make woodblocks, but just explain that all it takes is a couple of scrap wood pieces, thick enough to stand. Then you saw/cut them to your desired shape and measurements and sand them down.
- PRINTOUT OF WORDS/CLIP ART
Your printouts can be made in a simple program like Word (or photoshop), where you write out a couple of words, use a font you like and scale the words to match the sides of your photo blocks. You’ll also find default clip art galleries in the programs, where you can find cute shapes like flowers, or in my case paw prints.
I printed the photos to fit the width and height of my woodblocks, which is then later trimmed to fit the woodblock. Make sure that when you choose your photos, and if they need trimming, that the area of focus is not going to be trimmed away.So you don’t end up cutting away half a face.
- NAILS WITH SMALL HEADS
Use small nails with a flat head One for each corner of the image(s). The flat head will make sure that the image stays in place.
- PENCIL & PEN
- MARKER or PAINT & BRUSH
Now turn your paper and place it on where you want the shape or lettering to go. Trace firmly around the shape. You have now transferred an outline of your shape to the woodblock.
NOTE: In the below picture, I actually flipped the paper wrong. It’s so much easier if you trace on the printed side of the paper ;-).