Several months ago, I came across this video tutorial for how to put photos on wood blocks, which I think is a pretty darn clever idea. I've been wanting to try it, especially after our fun family photos a couple weeks ago, so I decided to incorporate it into my homemade ornament bonanza.
I love how the photos look on wood, and you'll never guess how simple a process it is.
I told my husband to cut me a shape out of wood; I left the type of wood and the shape up to him. He brought me this:
Next, spread gel medium on your wood. This was probably the hardest part...not because painting the gel medium on was hard, but because when I went to the craft store to get gel medium, there were about two dozen options, and I had no idea which one was right. I finally just picked one and didn't look back.
Once your gel medium is on the wood, place your picture face down onto the ornament. Then leave it overnight.
The next day, you'll need to scrub the paper off the ornament. Use a wet sponge or rag to wet the paper and then rub the paper until it comes off. Rub gently or you'll risk scraping off the ink entirely. My camera, unfortunately didn't record the pictures during this part.
Once all the paper is off and the ornament is dry, paint over the photo with some mod podge. Then you're done. Like I said, it's surprisingly simple to get the photo onto your wooden shape.
And that's it! I think this would be an awesome way to keep yearly family photos. I might make one a year on different shapes, and by the time our little man is grown, we'll have a whole set.
I hope you're all enjoying your families and your holidays. I'm wishing you all the best. Enjoy!