I love the holidays, excuses to make cute and fun gifts for friends and family. So many times I find myself giving people photos in frames. I hate picking out frames, my style always seeps in, and everyone has a black and white photo with a white mat. This project is a great way to give photos, and show the love that comes along with a handmade gift. I've seen variations on this theme, and thought I'd make a few as gifts for the upcoming holiday.
The best part of this craft was the trip to Home Depot. I like the way that section of lumber smells, sooooo good. Even better than that, the opportunity to announce to a group of men in orange aprons that I was looking for a big STUD. The men seemed to enjoy that, and one of the middle-aged ones hooked me up with a 4×6, and then cut it into 9″ sections for me. I had no idea what type of price point a piece of wood would fall into, but I was shocked that it was only $3.17.
I painted the blocks with acrylic craft paint, which I already had. Just laid it down with a sponge brush. (Those dudes on Amercian Chopper always talk about “laying down the paint” so here is my opportunity to utilize their verbiage). After I laid down the paint, I used one piece of 12×12 scrabooking paper cut to fit my design.
Enter, my long lost friend, Mod Podge. I used to OD on this stuff as a kid, and I have to say it’s just as fun now. Mod Podge is sticky white glue stuff, many might remember it from childhood, or from permanently sealing jigsaw puzzles. It’s good stuff.
I ‘Mod Podged’ the scrapbook paper down, and when that was dry, I did the same with a photo, and then some stickers. One or two gloppy layers of the fine ‘Podge’ on top of everything, and that was it. This was so easy, took like 20 seconds. Then I drank some wine and watched ‘Teen Mom’ on MTV which is a fantastic reality show by the way.
I let my creations dry overnight, and then embellished with ribbon, and a blingy buckle. Good times. I wrote notes to all friends on the back in Silver Sharpie. I just love making and receiving handmade gifts, it’s one of the best things in life. Hope my friends enjoy!