Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mother's Day DIY Photo Gifts:Large Photo Sign

 This Large Photo Sign can be customized to any personality or to any generation of photos.  While we used photos taken in the last year, this project would look great with photos from the 80's, or even a collection black and white photos from even earlier.

Large Photo Sign
Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Items Needed:
  • Roughly 30 4X6 photos, or 50 smaller photos.  It is better to have too many than not enough.
  • Large piece of wood.  We used a 12" X 48" piece of particle board.  You can use regular plywood but the particle board was much cheaper.  We got our wood from Lowe's and cut it ourselves, but Michael's has pre-cut wood pieces that would work for this project.
  • Mod Podge.  We used the matte style for this project.
  • Sponge Brush
  • Wooden Letters.  You can find these at your local craft store or even Walmart.  You will want to keep the word short and sweet to ensure it will fit on the board.  You can place your letters vertically or horizontally depending on your preference.  You can choose a word such as love, hope, family (horizontally), etc.
  • Acrylic Paint

Instructions to make this beautiful Photo Sign:

1-   Lay out your photos onto the piece of wood to determine the layout you want and how many photos you will need to use.

2-   After laying all your photos out where your heart desires place a good layer of mod podge on the back of the photo and place the print back in it's spot with the glued side facing down.  Continue this process until all the photos have been glued on.

3-   After all your photos are glued and in place, put a generous layer of mod podge over the pictures.  This puts a sealing coat over all the photos.  Make sure to put the layer on evenly to ensure you don't get any "gloopy" spots or bubbles.

4-   Let your sign sit until the mod podge dries.  while this is drying we can get your letters ready!

5-   Paint your letters the color you desire.  Make sure you get in the sides and in all the nooks and crannies. We needed to put two coats of paint on our letters to ensure even coverage.

6-   After the letters and the mod podge on the sign have dried, superglue the letters in place where you want them to go.  After the glue has dried, voila!  You have a beautiful attention getting, memory ridden, sentimental photo sign that would make any mom happy.


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