Looking for an easy, inexpensive gift idea or decoration for your home? This DIY wood mounted photograph is super easy, very cheap, is beautiful to display in your home, AND makes the perfect gift.
I recently made one of these wood mounted photographs for my mom’s birthday with our family photo on it. She couldn’t believe that I made it! This wood mounted photograph is truly one of my favorite projects.
The finished surface of the photograph ends up looking almost like a canvas, and the end result looks very high end.
With Christmas quickly approaching, this would make a wonderful and inexpensive gift for your family or friends. I originally saw this idea at here.
DIY Wood Mounted Photograph
- 12″ x 12″ photo (or any other size you’d like to make)
- 12″ x 12″ wood square
- Sand paper
- Matte Mod Podge
I had these 12″x12″ photos printed at Costco for only $2.99 each.
I bought a wood board that was 12″x 60″at Lowe’s that only cost $7.77. I had someone there cut the board for me into five equal pieces.
That gave me five boards for five different photographs. It ended up costing me less than $5 per photo board, which is a great price!
Step 1. Sand the edges of the wood board so it’s smooth.
Next, paint the sides of your board. I painted two coats.
If you are giving this as a gift, I recommend painting the back too.
If you are keeping it for yourself, you can either paint the back or leave it unpainted, where it won’t be seen.
Next comes the scary part! Brush on a layer of Mod Podge on top of your photo.
It will look like you ruined it, and you’ll be wondering if you messed it up, but it will be okay. The Mod Podge dries clear, and will look fine after a few minutes.
I used horizontal brush strokes for the first layer, and once that dried, I brushed on a second layer using vertical brush strokes. This gave it a canvas-y look that I liked.
Just make sure you use full brush strokes straight across, to make it smooth. Once the top dries, brush the sides with Mod Podge too.
Here are the finished products. Aren’t they beautiful?
You can see a little bit of the texture on the photographs. This project is so cheap, so easy, is very quick to make. I hope you will give it a try!
If you do make one, or have any questions, be sure to leave a comment below.