Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Magnetic Photo Blocks/Photo Block Stands

I was inspired from this post from Pin & Paper. Pin & Paper was inspired from this post from Plum Pudding. So I guess I can thank Plum Pudding for the original idea, and Pin and Paper for her crafty spin on it.

These can either be made into magnetic picture blocks, or picture block stands. The photo below is an example of both.

  • 2 x 2 inch wooden board cut into squares
(8 foot section for under $2.00 at home depot, and will make about 48-50 squares)
(even though it's called a 2 x 2, the actual measurements are 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches)

  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Paint
  • Primer (Optional)
  • Pictures
  • Magnet (optional)
  • E-6000 glue or other strong adhesive

  • Measure and cut the wood at 1 1/2 inches. Repeat as necessary.
  • We used a band saw to cut the notch on the top of the block. Cut 1/2"-3/8" of an inch deep (This is where your picture will sit).

  • Sand until smooth.
  • Prime if desired (we do, the paint seems to adhere better). Let dry.
  • Paint the block your desired color. Dry completely.

  • If you are making this into a magnet, use the E-6000 glue to attach the magnet to the back of the block. Please allow sufficient time to dry.
  • Cut out your scrapbooking paper to fit on the front of the block.
  • Mod Podge the paper to the front of the block. Let dry.
  • I sanded the edges of the block to give it a distressed look. Then I used an antiquing ink stamp pad to distress the edges further.
  • If you have an embellishment or other wood shapes you'd like to attach to the front, do so now.
  • Add your picture to your block.


  1. That is so cute! Such a good idea! I won't be able to participate this week, but maybe I can make them some other time! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. I love this idea. I have all of the stuff, I just get to do it tomorrow. I want to do these for Mother's Day and give them with a nice new picture of the kids. Keep up the great ideas. :)

  3. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Love these!! I featured them on my friday favorites


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