I wanted to show you how I made another one of our homemade Christmas presents we gave this year. I had seen two different ideas on Pinterest... Here and Here on how to mount a photo onto wood and I wanted to give it a try. I made the first one for me and Colin then we decided to make more for presents.
What will you need for this project:
I made 12x16 boards... When I headed to Lowe's I picked out a 4 ft x 8 ft piece of plywood. The guys at Lowe's cut the board down for me which worked perfectly into 24 - 12x16 pieces! Which means no wasted board! Price wise I think the piece of plywood was around 10 give or take a dollar or two either way but we will say each board cost .50 each!
I got this photo printed at SAM's for $2.96 for the 12x16 photo!
You will need Mod Podge glue... I got this bottle at Michael's and used a coupon so it only cost me about $5. For pricing... we will say you will need about $.25 worth of glue (at my discounted coupon used price!)
You will also need paint for the edges of the boards. Michael's sells these guys for $1-2 a piece depending on which type you buy. For pricing purposes we shall say $.10 for each photo!
Almost forgot sandpaper in my pricing list... I bought a pack of sandpaper for about $4. The pack had about 5 sheets and I used less than 1/4 of sheet on each board! So $.15 on sandpaper for the project!
Now for your instructions! Note --- You will need to allow time for this project because there are several times you have to wait for glue or paint to dry!
Sand down the edges of the boards.
Paint the edges of the boards. For this photo I used gray... But I also did some in blue and brown... Just get a color that matches your photo. You can also paint one side of the board (the back) but I decided not to waste the time or paint. Make sure you get a little paint on the edge you will put the photo, just in case you photo is short...
After your paint is dry it is time to glue... Put your mod podge glue in a nice thick layer on the entire board... Since it would take forever dipping my sponge brush into the glue container I just pored out the glue...
Spread the glue until the entire board is covered...
Next, place the photo on the board and smooth flat. I trimmed the photo down, prior to gluing it down, by cutting the white edge left by the photo processing, but don't worry the photo doesn't have to fit the board perfectly.
Once the glue is dry, sand the edges of the photo down...
Your edges will look like this after you sand the photo down...
Now place another layer of glue on top of the photos and make sure you also cover the edges of the photo as well!
Let dry and hang on wall!
Here is round one of Christmas presents that were made this year!
(The cheapest place I could find to have these made was almost $30 plus shipping if I was to order them.)
Price breakdown for making it yourself....
Board - .50
Photo - 3.00
Glue - .25
Paint - .10
Sand paper - .15
Grand total - $4 and some time to make some great homemade presents that were a huge hit for family and friends!