Photo blocks

If you remember, I am showing you guys some of the DIY presents I made to give to people.  You can see the first tutorial here:  Good Morning Cereal Bowls.

Today I am going to show you the photo blocks I made.

photo blocks

My mom personally requested two of these blocks for her desk at work.  She wanted pictures off all her grandkids and the blocks don’t take up too much space.

These blocks started out as a fence post from the good ol Home Depot.

We just chopped it into 4×4 pieces.  Then I sized my photos accordingly, printed them and glued them on.  I learned a thing or two along the way.  I first tried to modge podge the photos onto the blocks.  The modge podge left glue lines all over the photo.  I thought it was supposed to dry clear.  It did not.  I gave it several chances.  It also had a tendency to wrinkle the photo.  I read somewhere on some blog that the thing to use was spray adhesive since it doesn’t wrinkle the photos.  So I went out and got this:


It’s true, it didn’t wrinkle the photos.  At all.  But it was a bit annoying because the pictures didn’t affix amazingly.  And I had to go back and respray them.  Also the spray adhesive got all over my fingers and hands and didn’t wash off.  I used this trick to get rid of sticky finisher and it came off rather well.  But I also had over spray all over my table.  Yucky.  I even sprayed these inside a box to eliminate over spray.  It gets all over.  So a little annoying, but better overall outcome.

You only need 5 pics per block because you don’t need one for the bottom.  I tried to get a picture showing the different sides but that was easier said than done.  Here is the best one:

photo blocks 1

These things are darling.  And I want some for around my home.  {If I ever get around to making more lol}  I left a little border around the photos but you can make them all match up if you want to.

photo blocks

I hope you are enjoying the crafty Christmas series and I hope these tutorials help you with your gift giving.  If you have any questions, let me know.  Thanks for reading!!



  1. These are just so sweet! Grandma will love them! Great tips on adhesive too. I’ll have to remember the spray adhesive next time I need to affix paper to wood. Thanks.

  2. I love how these turned out! It’s a fun alternative to an album (lets be honest, these actually get looked at!). I have to use that spray glue at work, I’ve found that spraying VERY lightly inside a deep garbage can keeps the extra mist in check better than anything else.
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  3. How cute is that. Nice job. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. What a cute idea for presents! Thank you for sharing your tips.

  5. I love it!!! I want to try these out!! Thanks for sharing

    I found you on TT&J and would love for you to come by and link this up and any other projects at my Create and Inspire Party.. I’m giving away a $25 Gift Card to Micheal’s if interested! ;)

    I’m now following and looking forward to your new posts!

    Angie from A Little Inspiration
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  6. I Love this idea!!! I can’t wait to make some photo blocks of my own!

  7. Genius! No way! These are fantastic! Watch out, the photo store guys are gonna come copy you!

  8. These are amazing. I saw them on Life on Laundry and had to come over here to get the directions. I can’t wait to make these… no one would believe that I didn’t special order them. They are beautiful!
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