PHOTO BLOCKS - Valentine's day - DIY Tutorial - Great gift idea!

These photo blocks make such a nice personalized gift. I've been doing them for years and just updated my Valentine's Day blocks. Thought I would share a DIY tutorial. 


First you need to use an editing program to add the text (optional) and crop. I use an old program that came on my PC years ago. I think back from 2006. Yes, really! It's a bajillion times easier than photoshop or anything else I've tried. HERE are just some of the cool things I've done.

First I crop the photo into a square. I want to make the edges look rough or torn so I need some room on the sides of the photo to tear off the edges. 




NOTE: This is just a jpg file for sizing. It's not a open file to insert or move anything. 

I made this 4x6 template that you can download HERE. (then right click and save) 
Cover the square with your photo. Remember it won't be exact since every block is a little different in size but it will give you enough room to tear the edges off. You can even use a word document using text boxes to add the photo to the template. 


Just place the cropped photo over the box and save as a new file.


The template usually makes the photo a little taller so you might tear off more from the the bottom and top.


I submit my photos to a quick 1hour photo lab like Walgreens or CVS to print a 4x6. Matte or gloss work the same.


Photo paper tears so nicely!! Love it. I usually have a tool to get this effect with regular paper.

Make sure it will fit on the block and tear more off if needed.

BLOCKS
For the wood blocks I purchase a 2x4 stud from Home Depot or Lowes and have them cut into squares. 

It's so much easier if you have your own saw.....I NEED my own saw! 
I thought Lowe's was nicer about cutting them and depending on the HD store I visited they either gave me a hard time or wouldn't do it at all. 


I paint them black, white or red and use sand paper to distress.


I think knots and irregularities brings out the  beauty in each block.



For these I painted red for Valentine's Day


Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge




Add photo and press down. Let it dry for a few minutes before adding the top coat. The photo will slide around if you don't.

Add an even coat of Mod Podge to the top. You will still be able to see the brush strokes when it drys if you look at them from the side but looking at them straight on you won't notice.




Let dry and ready to display! Great gift idea for Mother's Day, Grandparents, family, friends, etc. 

Super cute, right?



Possibilities are endless!!!
Here are some other ones I've made


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Thank you for stopping by!

18 comments

  1. Hi. I cannot figure out how to get the photo inside the template. I've downloaded the template but do not how to get the picture inside it. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    1. The template is just a photo for suggested size. I just open it in my photo program, open the photo I want to crop and overlay it to get the same size. It's not an open template to move anything or insert anything. Hope this helps.

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  2. I am in the same boat. I am using a Surface Pro 3 and can't figure out which program to use to be able to copy photos to the template.

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    1. The template is just a photo for suggested size. I just open it in my photo program, open the photo I want to crop and overlay it to get the same size. It's not an open template to move anything or insert anything. Hope this helps.

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  3. Walgreens will print your instagram photos

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  4. How do you print the letters or hearts on the picture?

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    1. I use a photo program that you can add text and drag to place. I don't have any suggestions on a program since the one I use is discontinued. Sorry.

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  5. What size do you have the hardware store cut the 2 x 4 into?

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    1. I just marked where I wanted them cut. They are more rectangle so 2 x 2 1/2 or 2x3. Don't be surprised if they don't cut them for you. I mention in this post that some stores gave me a hard time or wouldn't do it at all. :(

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  6. I followed the instructions but the prints came out smaller than the blocks. What am I doing wrong? I don't have a program - I was working in Word and grouped the photo I wanted on top of the template you had.

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    1. Sorry for the late reply. Hope your were able to fix it. I would only suggest making it larger then my template and re-print. It took me a few tries before I made the example.

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  7. Are the photos you get printed like regular photos or on a special paper? Is there a difference between photo paper and regular photo prints?

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    1. Sorry for the late response. I like photo lab paper....glossy or matte works the same. I just don't use photos printed at home. They fade really fast and don't last.

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  8. I LOVE these! Super easy and a really special gift for my mother-in-law. Thank you!!!

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  10. You can even use a word document using text boxes to add the photo to the template.

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    1. Yes! That would work perfect. Thank you for the great idea.

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