Picture Blocks



Does your mom, grandmother, or even you need some updated pictures of the kids or grandkids? Make some of these cute picture blocks for the favorite women in your life. They are super easy. I got this idea from my sister who had a friend make these a few years ago.

I went to Home Depot and bought a long square post (in the fence section). You can also buy precut blocks of wood now at Home Depot and in your craft stores. Mine happened to be 4 inches. So I had the hubby cut it into 4 inch sections so that each block was 4 inches square.

Sand all the rough areas of the block and then paint or stain with the color of your choice. Let dry completely.

Then I took some picture of the kids and in Photoshop cropped their faces to measure 3.75 inches by 3.75 inches (to fit onto the 4 inch block). You will need 4 different pictures for each picture block, so that each side of the block has a different picture on it of the same kid. You may need to paste your 3.75 x 3.75 picture onto a new blank photoshop background that measure 6×4 so that your photo store will not enlarge it to fit a 6×4 template they print on? Make sense? I made my photos black and white because I wanted black blocks, but colored pictures would also be cute.

Print your pictures from your favorite photo store. Having your pictures on real photo paper is important so that the ink does not run and the texture of the wood does not show through the finished photo.




Cut out your photos and paint Modge Podge (I prefer the Matte finish to the glossy) onto the back of each picture. Place one photo on each of the 4 sides of your block. Let the Modge Podge dry. When it has dried, paint Modge Podge over the entire surface of each of the four sides and let it dry. You may want two or threelayers on the front of the four pictures. And there you have it!




The nice thing about these picture blocks is that you can fit a lot more into one area than photos in frames. This is perfect for the Grandmother with 19 grandchildren. Now she can have room on her shelf to show off all of her grandkids!

*P.S. Thanks for all your kind words and comments! I really appreciate them!

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  1. [email protected] says

    Wow, you have so many amazing projects here! I’d love to link to them if you didn’t mind!

  2. michellejohnnie says

    You are brilliant! I know what I am making my Mom for Mother’s Day! I’m linking!!!

  3. Heather says

    Awesome Idea!!!!! You really are full of them=) Thanks for sharing…mind if i link this idea once i complete it??? and your adorable tutu tutorial as well????

  4. Amy says

    Wow! I am really glad you like these. I only wish I had come up with the original idea myself :). Thanks for the kind words. I would love to see a link of your finished projects! And the tutu as well Heather.

  5. [email protected] says

    Thanks so much for letting me link to some of your projects Amy. Your blog blows me away, such gorgeous pictures and wonderful directions. I’ll be linking over the next week.

  6. Junella says

    These look great! Now (finally!) I know what I’m making my mom and grandmother for Mother’s Day.

  7. Christina says

    I’m in love with this idea!! I can’t wait to try it! Oh–and your blog is one of my FAVORITES! I’m so glad I linked here. Keep the awesome ideas coming.

  8. Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com says

    I’m just amazed at all your creative ideas! I’m so glad to have come across your blog. I immediately hit the “follow” button. You are very inspirational! Please visit my blog and be sure to click the “follow” if you like what you see. I will be adding you to my Crafty Treasured Blog List and if you have a button I will add also. Please be sure to do the same so we can inspire each other often!

  9. Kristen Duke Photography says

    I just bought my first bottle of mod podge today and am so excited to make some blocks! Thanks for explaining in such great details:)

  10. Tiffany says

    I absolutely love this idea! I am always looking for new personalized gifts to give to family. This will definitely be on my list for Christmas gifts this year!

    Tiffany @ TheBizyMommy.com

  11. Kim says

    I LOVE this idea!!! I am a nanny, but also a photographer and every year I’m always trying to figure out a good gift to give the parents for Christmas! I ALWAYS do something to do with photography, but I’m running out of ideas so this is GREAT! I am DEFINITELY going to do this for them this year!!! I LOVE your blog and I follow you and Pinterest….need to become a fan on facebook too! Thanks for all thr GREAT ideas!!! :)

  12. Marissa says

    I was wondering how long the project took you? Well more how long does the paint and modge podge take to dry each? I only have 1- 1 1/2 hrs to do this project and wondering if I have enough time. But I am only doing one block with one picture. Thanks

    • says

      You should have time if you are just making one. The only thing is that you have to wait for the paint to dry…


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