Looking for a DIY Father’s Day gift that is easy, inexpensive and sentimental? Make dad a set of personalized wooden photo blocks for his desk.
My son is definitely a chip off the old block.
To celebrate their special bond, I decided to make a fun photo collage of some favorite father-son moments.
If you’re like me, you probably have hundreds (OK, thousands) of photos on your phone that you’ve been meaning to print or share beyond Facebook or Instagram.
This DIY Father’s Day gift is a great way to display those digital photos.
- unfinished wooden cubes (I used 1.5-inch square blocks; but you could use another size)
- DecoArt Americana Decor Satin Enamels Paint in Dove Beige
- DecoArt Americana Decor Metallics Paint in Pewter
- DecoArt DecouPage Gloss
- Photos, printed on regular printer paper
- foam paint brush
- emery board or sandpaper (optional)
For my collage, I decided I wanted the blocks to be painted in contrasting colors.
So, I used DecoArt Americana Decor Metallics in Pewter and Satin Enamels in Dove Beige. It took two coats of each. Both paints have a durable finish, so there’s no need to add a sealer or topcoat.
I painted half the blocks Dove Beige and the other half Pewter, leaving one side of the pewter blocks unpainted.
I used PicMonkey to create 1.5-inch photos of my husband and son together. To give the photos a uniform look, I added a vintage filter in the photo editing software.
Once I printed and cut the photos to fit the blocks, I added a thin coat of DecouPage to the back of each photo and carefully applied them to the wooden blocks.
Next, I applied two coats of DecouPage to the front of each photo block, allowing to dry completely between coats.
If you like, you can use the emery board or sanding block to lightly burnish and distress the edges of the wooden photo blocks.
I only added pictures to half of the blocks because I wanted to create a checkerboard-type pattern with my photo collage.
But you can add as many photos as you like.
I also think it would be fun to make a photo puzzle out of these blocks. To do it, just print a photo sized to fit the blocks, then cut it into 12 equal squares.
My husband is pretty sentimental, so I know he’s going to love this DIY Father’s Day gift.
If you’re looking for other ways to celebrate dad, you might enjoy these posts:
Best Toys for Father-Son Bonding