DIY Picture Blocks

I was looking around for Mother’s Day gift ideas when I came across this great idea from How Does She?.  I thought it would be a fun project to make for my mom so I headed to Micheal’s to buy some blocks.
Here’s what you’ll need:
2″ blocks
 {the number of blocks will be determined by what picture size you choose}
Mod Podge
6 Pictures
Razor blade
Step 1:
Lay the blocks out in the shape you want them.  Next use a foam brush to paint the top of the blocks with Mod Podge and place the picture on top.
Step 2:
Mod Podge over the photo and use a hair dryer so that it dries quickly.
Step 3: 
Then using a razor blade or an Exac-o-knife cut the blocks apart.
Repeat steps 1-3 for each side of the blocks.
Step 4: 
Piece together your picture blocks!
I gave this set of blocks to my mom for Mother’s Day but I think this would make a great gift for anyone!  Now that I’ve made one for my mom I kind of want to make one for myself.

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  1. 1

    Hi Anna,
    I just found your site. Loving it! I was looking for this tutorial. I’m making this for my SIL. So excited that I found it.!Thank you so much. Hope you don’t mind I also but I pinned it, too.

    • 2

      Awesome! I’m glad you found it. :) Thanks for pinning it, I love it when my readers pin things from my site!

      • 3

        Actually I saw it pinned from other source but I decided to dig a little deeper and found you directly.:-)
        I’m getting my first Mod Podge tomorrow. I fear I’ll get addicted to the stuff and everything will get mod podged…;-)

      • 4

        Haha, that’s awesome. That’s what happened to me! Do you mind telling me where you saw it pinned from?

  2. 5

    What a fun gift! I’d love to make one but I’m having a hard time finding wooden blocks. I went to my local Michaels and they didn’t have them (unless they are separate from the wooden crafts aisle). Any suggestions on where to find them? Thanks!

  3. 7

    Hey Anna,
    did you have trouble with the pictures not sticking to the blocks? I just tried the first side last night, and as I was cutting the blocks apart this morning (so plenty of drying time) The pictures began to peel off? I am using blocks I made and not store bought ones, so that might make a difference. Did you have any issues though?


    • 8

      Hmmm. Did you mod podge the blocks before you added the picture? And then again over the picture? If you did that and it didn’t work, try placing a Zot (glue dots sold at any craft store) on each block, before adding the picture, then mod podge over that. Also make sure you’re using a super sharp blade, I switched mine out right before doing this project. Good luck! :)

  4. 9
    Stephanie says:

    Hi Anna!

    I’m excited to make these as a gift for my mom this christmas but I’m wondering what your pictures were printed on? I was thinking about just printing them out at home from my printer using regular white paper. Would that work? Or should I go get them printed at a photo place?

    • 10

      You could probably do either. Printing them at home would probably make them easier to cut since the paper isn’t as thick!

  5. 11
    Ángela González Archilla says:

    Hola Anna,
    me gustaría saber donde has comprado esos bloque si puedes enviarme una paginza donde los vendan te lo agradecería. Si las fotos la saco en papel de foto o en papel y si puede comprar otro pegamento.
    Muchas Gracias.

  6. 12

    Loved this idea the minute that I saw it. Thought I would make one for my mom for Christmas with pictures of us 5 children. Everything came out good when I did it, the only thing that made it not too great was the way I cut it. How do you cut it so perfectly without messing up? I figured out another way after the fact but I wanted to see what your tips may be.

  7. 14

    Did you use copies of photos on regular paper or the original photos?