Easy DIY Photo Board Tutorial

by Danielle Reeves

Create a fabulous photo board to decorate your home with this easy to follow tutorial! So simple to put together, and absolutely adorable. Use for your own home or give as a special gift!

Create a fabulous photo board to decorate your home with this easy to follow tutorial from 5 Minutes for Mom!

I have to admit, at first I made this project JUST as a gift for my mother, as an early Mother’s Day gift. It’s the one with ‘COLE’ in blue. She LOVED it! Problem was, so did I, so I had to make one for myself afterwards! I really wanted to do our last name ‘Reeves’, but finding three E’s was not easy, plus the space on the board. So I just chose ‘LOVE’ and it turned out fabulous!

Supplies Needed

  • Board size of choice (the tall ‘LOVE’ one here is 12″ x 24″, the ‘COLE’ one is 28″ x 24″)
  • Paint for edges, along with paint brush
  • Photos (mine are mostly 2″ x 2″, with some 2″ x 2.5″, and some tiny to fill in spots. I prefer black/white) – either on cardstock or photo paper
  • Mod Podge, along with brush
  • Wooden letters to spell your word/name
  • Paint for letters, along with paint brush
  • Pen/pencil for tracing letters
  • Scissors (in case you need to trim the photos)
  • Ribbon for bow
  • Hot glue (for attaching ribbon)

Create a fabulous photo board to decorate your home with this easy to follow tutorial from 5 Minutes for Mom!

Directions

  • Paint the edges of your board, making sure to overlap the edge at least a bit (in case a picture is just shy of the edge). If you want to paint the whole board, in case of gaps, feel free!

Create a fabulous photo board to decorate your home with this easy to follow tutorial from 5 Minutes for Mom!

  • Lay out your letters exactly how you want them in your final product. I do this before painting them, in case you get pencil marks on them.

Create a fabulous photo board to decorate your home with this easy to follow tutorial from 5 Minutes for Mom!

  • Trace the letters close to the edges, so you know where NOT to put important parts of photos. Then you can paint the letters and set them aside to dry, while you work on the photos.

Create a fabulous photo board to decorate your home with this easy to follow tutorial from 5 Minutes for Mom!

  • Using the Mod Podge and a brush, do one photo at a time (to avoid bending/crinkling edges). Brush some Mod Podge the wood where the photo will go, CAREFULLY place it on (it’s very difficult to move once placed), then brush Mod Podge over the entire photo and over the edges. Do the same to the next photo, spreading the Mod Podge over the edges of the photos.
  • Start around the letter spots, making sure to overlap the edges of the letters slightly to avoid gaps. Just be sure no important parts of the photo (a face, for example) will be covered up!

Create a fabulous photo board to decorate your home with this easy to follow tutorial from 5 Minutes for Mom!

  • Continue adding photos, careful to make them nice along the edges. If you see slight white streaks from the Mod Podge, don’t stress. As long as it’s not very thick, it dried clear!

Create a fabulous photo board to decorate your home with this easy to follow tutorial from 5 Minutes for Mom!

  • Once the photos are all placed and the Mod Podge is completely dry, carefully hot glue the wood letters in their spots.
  • Using the hot glue, take two strips of ribbon and glue them to the back/bottom of the board, so they hang down nicely. Make sure the pretty part of the ribbon is facing the front of the board (I totally goofed on that the first time around…oops!).

Create a fabulous photo board to decorate your home with this easy to follow tutorial from 5 Minutes for Mom!

  • Make a cute bow with the rest of the ribbon and hot glue it on the top of the board.

Create a fabulous photo board to decorate your home with this easy to follow tutorial from 5 Minutes for Mom!

There you have it…an adorable home decor/gift idea that is PERFECT for Mother’s Day coming up! And if you’re like me, you’ll get all ‘reminisce-y’ looking through all the photos!



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Danielle is the crazy momma of 4 behind Busy Mom's Helper. Married to her best friend & fellow nerd, totally addicted to Dr. Pepper and chocolate. Staying home with the kiddos keeps her busy, but she loves squeezing in time to create through the ups & downs of life . Now, if she could just figure out how to eat a candy bar without having to share, life would be even more fabulous!

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