Saturday, February 6, 2010

~picture block

Ok... this is an idea I have had for a while, but I guess I just had to think this one through and wait for the perfect timing. Which came at Michael's... I found this square block for next to nothing.
I have had this picture of the boys for a few years. This was taken by a family photographer on a trip to the beach. I stinkin' love this picture... I cut it out to fit the block and rounded the edges with my puncher-thingy. haha... don't you love the exactness of my vocabulary?

Then I added some distress ink to the edges. (in Frayed Burlap.... love this color!)

I sprayed the block using Rustoleum in Heirloom White (2 coats). I distressed the edges of my block and decided I should also add the distress ink to the edges. Man, did I love the outcome!

Using Mod Podge, I attached the picture...

Then I mod podged over the entire front.

I found these cute easels at the Dollar Tree (2/$1). I really love the outcome of this project. Total for this project: less than $1! Gotta love that!

I have many more ideas in this area, so please come back soon to see more!


  1. That is so darling! I gotta go run to Dollar Tree now... don't ya love it when stuff is TWO for a dollar? Thansk 4 sharing!

  2. oh, i love this! really. so good to see right before valentine's day too!
    i am doing a little photo session with the kids for my husband's v-day present...with my neighbor's help. happy to find this!

  3. What a great idea. I am going to try this for a baby shower present for my sister-in-law with an ultrasound pic. One question, where did you purchase the "distressed ink" and what brand did you use? Thanks!

  4. Wow - I love how that turned out. Great job!

  5. Hey OK Runner! Thanks for your comments... I love the idea of using the ultrasound picture! I purchased the Distress Ink by Tim Holtz at Michael's. They have the biggest selection. Don't forget your Michael's coupon for a great deal! I would love to see how this turns out!!!

  6. Great project! Turned out just awesome and for $1??? Totally creative :)
    Thanks for hooking up to Mi4M!

  7. I think i just bought the exact same stands at the dollar store this afternoon! Love your picture block. I love how you distress the block:) lovely!

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  8. It turned out perfect! I love it more than pie!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love your project and have thought about doing more coasters with sepia prints of my kids pictures on the more stone looking ones.

    As far as the crackle paint I used-I got it from Joanns and I am not crazy about this one. I had to rub off the paint for the crackle to show through-it was a lot of work. I did see that Tim Holts (distress ink guy) has a crackle paint that is a ONE STEP deal and it says it cracks as the paint dries. It is on my list of products to get.


  10. That turned out great! I love the finish on the block and the photo of your boys is adorable.

    I'm having a link party and would love to have you come over and link this up!

  11. Thanks Carolyn! I posted to your blog and became a follower. I love your blog! Thanks again!!

  12. so sweet and love the idea instead of a traditional frame.

    stop by my goodwill goodies blog party every wednesday!

  13. Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much for linking this up to Make it Yours day! You know how cute I think this idea is!

  14. Just me again! I'm going to feature this project this week, but I can't seem to find your email address anywhere! Shoot me an email and I'll send you your featured button! Thanks!

  15. It came out beautiful! My husband had the same idea for a picture we took in Europe and wasn't sure how he should put it on the wood but I will show this to him. I thought of Mod Podge but am nervous because the pic is like 10x13. Then again the pic was only 20 some cents from Costco so if we mess up we'll do it again.

    Thanks for the great idea!




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