If you know me well, then you’ll know what I am not very crafty. I would love to be good at crafts, but I am pretty bad; not going to beat around the bush. I think a lot of it comes down to being impatient to see a whole project, through. The rest comes from not having the time or the right equipment to do much I think. The best craft I think I have ever made was a cross-stitch sampler for a friend of mine for her wedding. But that was years ago and I have done very little since.
So recently I have been thinking about some simpler crafts to do, especially with Mother’s Day coming up next month. If you don’t need many things to do the craft, then even better. So to make an easy photo block or photo frame, then you will need:
- Photograph – I printed out using paper on my home printer. An actual photograph would work too.
- Clear Plastic / Acrylic sheet – you could look to get them from somewhere like Simply Plastics. There are varying sizes but it needs to be fairly which for it to stand alone as a photo frame.
- Glue Dots – these are to stick the photo to the front of the acrylic block. )You can also stick to the back of the acrylic block).
- Modge Podge – You can buy it ready mixed up, but it is essentially PVA glue mixed with water that you suet make a sealant for the photograph.
- Paint Brush
All you need to do is choose your photograph. Like stated above, you can print one out at home. Using photo paper is best, especially if you want to finish it off with modge podge. Then you trim the photo down to the size of the acrylic block that you have. Simple stick the photograph down to the acrylic block. You can stick the glue dots onto the back of the photo, sticking it to the front of the acrylic block. You can also stick the photograph to the back of the acrylic block as I have done here. So the glue dots will need to be on the front of the photograph.
If you have the photograph stuck to the back of the acrylic block, then it means you are basically done. If you have stuck the photograph onto the front of the acrylic block, then you might want to finish it off, using your modge podge and paintbrush. It gives the photo a glossy finish and seals it all together. It is totally optional, though!
If you need to make your own modge podge then it is really easy. All you need to do is:
- mix 200ml of white PVA glue into a jar
- Stir in 100ml of water
- Sprinkle in some glitter if you want a glittery finish
Then all you do is lightly ‘paint’ the glue mixture onto the photograph. As the photograph is on the top of the block, it is exposed. So it just gives it an extra layer of protection.
And there you have it. Simples!