Monday, April 25, 2011

Mother's Day Photo Frames

If you are my Mother or my Mother-in-law, click away now.... or at least act surprised.  :)

Now that Easter has come and gone, and Mother's day is only 2 weeks away, I'd thought I'd show you guys what I came up with for my Moms (and myself) for Mother's Day this year.  If your curious, THIS is what I made last year. 

The only problem is I'm not sure what to call them.  They are so much more then just a photo frame....


They are basically blocks of wood, decorated to look adorable, with little clips so that you have a place to display those "photos of the moment" instead of just sticking them to your fridge.  I just threw a photo in for demonstration purposes, but I plan on printing one of our Hawaii family pictures as part of the gift.  Both 4x6 and 5x7 photos work great.

And yes, I made four of them.


They are all a bit different but I love them all.  I had a hard time deciding which one I was keeping for myself! 

Want to make your own?  Here is the method to my madness.


You start out with a block of wood.  Mine are 9.5" squares and I cut them from a board from Lowes.  You also need a 4" piece of dowel.  Then just drill a hole the size of your dowel in the back of your block so that you have a way of making it stand. (image A)

Then paint your pieces.  I used little clothes pins for my clips, so I took those apart and painted those too. (image B and C)  Then like I do with all my paint finishes, I sanded it down a bit (image D) and put a coat of wood stain over the whole thing. (image E)

Now the fun part.  Find a cute piece of scrapbook paper (mine where those great two sided kind) and cut it a bit smaller then your wood.  Then cut about 1/3 of that off so you can flip it around and have both patterns visible.  Modge podge that in place. (image F)

Then put your clothes pins back together.  I used hot glue when reassembling them so that they would stay together better.  I also used a scrap of paper on the pin.  Then glue those to your boards.  Use a photo to determine the placement.  (image G) 

Then I put a strip of ribbon over the seem where the two papers meet.  I just hot glued it down and to the back.  I didn't worry about the backside too much.  (image H and I)  Then finish it off with a bow and a quote.  I cut my quote out of black vinyl with my silhouette, but you could get creative here.



And that's it! Clip on a cute picture and you have a gift that anyone would love!


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11 comments:

The Allen Family said...

Super cute idea!

Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

LOVE these! I'm always looking for new ways to send the grandparents the kids' school pics. We homeschool, so we do our own pics. However I send them, I try to tailor to the pics (sometimes in the snow, the leaves or in the mountains with a sunny sky).

Leen said...

I love these sweet boards! I am SO making them for the mothers in my life this year. They would make great holiday gifts too.

I hope I will be able to stop once I get started :)

Carolyn said...

I love this idea--I've seen so many different versions, not one will ever look the same. You got a new follower--would appreciate a follow back! "see" ya soon!

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Deneen said...

This came out really cute! Love the idea!
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Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

What a great idea! Love how they all turned out!

Janelle said...

These are all so cute! Great idea! Your mom and MIL are going to love these!

Erin said...

These are absolutely beautiful! Great job!!!

Danielle said...

These are beautiful. I love them!

Danielle said...

I just wanted to let you know I featured this over at Blissful and Domestic today. Stop by and grab a button.

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jonsonhelles said...

I received recently exceeded Digital Photo Album as a gift, and can not be more thrilled with it. I used it during the wedding ceremony of my sister as a repository of pictures of all our guests of digital photos and my country. Because it accepts a variety of cards.


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