One of the things that I enjoy most about Christmas, is creating handmade gifts for family and friends. I take a lot of photographs throughout the year, and this project is a fun way to feature some of them. It was very easy to create and also inexpensive.
- Wooden blocks 1.5 inches. I used 9 of them.
- Glossy photo paper.
- Mod Podge.
- Acrylic craft paint. I used 4 different colors that I happened to have on hand that were suitable for a little boy.
- Ink jet printer.
- Foam brushes.
- Sand paper, pencil and paper cutter.
To begin this project, I numbered the sides of the blocks. I placed a number 1 on the side that would feature the first photo. Then I turned the blocks over and placed a number 2 to allow for the second photo. This helped me to keep track of where the photographs would be placed so that I would remember to leave these areas unpainted. Next, I painted each side a different color. While the paint dried, I edited my pictures and cropped them to 4.5 x 4.5 inches, using my Corel Paint Shop Pro program. These are the dimensions of the block shape with the 9 blocks put together. I printed the photos onto the glossy paper. I placed the picture face side down along the bottom edge of the wooden blocks and marked where the edges of the blocks are located.
Next, I placed the picture face down along the right side of the blocks and marked the edges. Then I lined the photograph up on my paper cutter and cut along the marked lines.
Apply a thin coat of Mod Poge to the unpainted side of the block and add the photograph piece. Repeat this step for all of the other 8 blocks. Let this dry completely. I let mine sit overnight. With a piece of fine sand paper, carefully sand the edges of the blocks. Be sure to sand in a side to side direction. This will remove the excessive paper from the edges and also give the blocks a slightly distressed look. I wiped each block off to remove the sanding dust being careful not to damage the photo. Apply a thin layer of Mod Poge over the photo to protect and seal it.
Repeat this entire process for placement of the second photograph. I really liked the way this puzzle came out and can’t wait to give it as a Christmas present!