2×4’s are great because they’ll give you more surface space if you need it. I was able to use pictures that wouldn’t have worked on the photo cube, and still have space for the paper and text. These are perfect for personalizing, which makes them such great gifts. Whether it’s dates, places, names, monograms, quotes, or handwritten notes from kids, you can make it extra special for the person you’re giving it to. The fact that they are SO easy and inexpensive is the icing on the cake!
I didn’t paint these, and I still haven’t mod podged the pictures on, but I will, as soon as I’ve pinned down exactly what I want to do. I’m in the trial phase right now, and I usually try a few things before I decide for sure. I also tried them with and without ribbon, and shock, I actually liked these better without it. A different layout might look better with it, so you’ll just want to try it both ways.
*You’ll follow the same directions as listed for the photo cubes below.
When I saw the photo cubes by Poppyseed Projects, I knew how perfect they would be for gifts, and for my own home. I decided I wanted to add an element, and printed off text that correlated with the pictures I chose. This adds so much to the project, because you can really personalize each cube for the person or holiday it’s for.
When I went digging through my photos, I realized how long it’s been since I’ve actually developed any pictures, other than the large ones that I’ve hung on the wall. I had a great time, as I re-discovered some of my favorite pictures. How fun would it be to decorate for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, or other holidays with photo cubes of holidays past? I also love that they’re stackable, and don’t take up a lot of space.
1. Dad’s office–make a new one each year
2. Baby–“b” is for baby, little hands or feet; or a “firsts” cube, showcasing through text and pictures their firsts–words, milestones, etc.
3. one for each child, with monogram instead of words, or “k” is for kate, etc.
4. holiday blocks–one for each year, set them out from year to year as decorations
5. grandparents, of course! What about including some favorite memories from your kids about them?
6. favorite vacation, including text of places and dates
ITEMS YOU NEED:
- 4×4 post, cut into squares
- scrapbook paper
- mod podge
- craft paint
- foam brushes
- distress ink
1. Paint your post desired color, and let dry completely. Sand it slightly, just to get the rougher edges off. Don’t sand too much off or you won’t be able to see the paint once your photos are on. Decide ahead of time the layout for your block–it’s harder to think about it in the middle of using mod podge.
2. Cut photos just slightly smaller than block.
3. Print desired text on cardstock, then cut just slightly smaller than the block. Distress all edges.
4. Apply mod podge with the foam brush directly onto the wood first, then one by one, lay your photos and cardstock on to the sides of the wood. Add another thin layer to the top of your photos. You don’t want too much, or it will cause bubbling. Let dry completely.