Photo Blocks: Stunning Gifts from Your Photos in 15 Minutes or Less

Photo blocks exampleYou forgot mother’s day, your friend’s been having a horrible year, you’re bored. Whatever. Point is, you need to produce a gift.

We’re here to help. Gather your piles of vacation photos, stunning portraits of Aunt Mildred, and your gallery-worthy shots of your feet; it’s time to put ’em to use.

We’re going to show you how to make a stunning gift using your photos in 15 minutes or less. Keep it for yourself and make another for a friend. It’s sure to impress.

Watch our step-by-step video to find out how.

Photo blocks video tutorial

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

You’ll need:

  1. One Photograph printed at 4×6 or larger
  2. Something to measure and cut your photo with
  3. Four 2″x3″ Linoleum Blocks (More if you’re using a larger photograph)
  4. Acid-free Rubber Cement
  5. And, for extra credit, One Foam Brush and painter’s Gel Medium (Gloss, because it dries clear)

You should be able to find everything at your local art supply store. Or grab your Linoleum blocks, Regular Gel Gloss, and Foam Brush online.

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Step 2: Watch Our Video

Step 3: Make your own Photo Blocks!

It doesn’t take long and they look super cool. Totally worth the time. (Get everything you need to make two sets in our Do-it-yourself Photo Block Kit)

CREDIT: Youngna Park took the photo we used for this demo. Thanks, Youngna!