...photograph tiles...repost

This project was originally posted a couple of weeks ago at Positively Splendid...if you've never seen Amy's blog, you must check it out...it's jam-packed with wonderful projects & tutorials...

So, if you didn't see them the first time...or if you just need to see them again (which I know you will...), here they are...

Photograph tiles!

These are so quick and simple to make...here's all you need:

*Square wood scraps (mine were 2"x2" and they were left over from one of my husband's projects...)
*Photos printed to match the size of your squares (I printed my photos & descriptions onto cardstock)
*Photo descriptions printed to match the size of your squares
*Mod Podge & a brush
*Black ink or paint (not shown)

1.Cut out your photos and mod podge (is that a verb??? Well, it is now...) them to one side of your wood chip and let dry.
2. Mod Podge your photo description to the other side of your chip and let dry.

At this point I applied another layer of Mod Podge to both sides...no particular reason...I just like the way it looks...

3. When your chips are completely dry, ink the sides of your wood (I used just a plain black stamp pad), and the corners of your photos (if you wish...I like the distressed, inky look). Let the ink dry and apply another layer of Mod Podge over the photos and sides of the chips. Do this last mod-podging carefully...I've noticed that ink doesn't really dry completely over the Mod Podge & it smears pretty easily...the last layer will seal it, but it can get pretty messy. You can also use paint (which works better) or you can ink your wood edges & photographs before you even glue them to the wood...then the layers of Mod Podge will seal them.

And that's it! So easy, so quick. And I love that the tiles are like an interactive photo album. They are wonderful conversation starters when placed in a bowl on a dinner table or at a party.

And think of all of the possibilities...how cute would these be at a wedding with photos of the bride & groom as children and into adulthood...at a reunion party or anniversary party...or as a table decoration at a birthday or holiday party?

I think I may even make some with the photos from our recent vacation to keep out as a reminder of our weekend...

I would love love love to hear what you could do with these!

Here's where I'm linking up this week:



  1. These look great, saw you on link party, I am now following you via fb,google and pinterest. Karima x www.karimascrafts.com

  2. I love this project! I think I would put them out on my coffee table and change them out every few months or put vacation pics out the year after the vacation just to bring back all the fun memories! The possibilities are endless!

  3. It's such a great idea! Love it!!!


  4. Love it! What a great idea! And I love the party ideas you suggest to have them at!

  5. new follower here!!!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this project!! First i'm pinning it...then i shall attempt it!! thanks for the inspiration!!

  6. I love the idea of a bowl of vacation pics. It would make a great grandma gift, or Christmas ornaments, or magnet....the uses are endless. Lisa~

  7. VERY CUTE! Thanks for posting the idea AND the "how-tos".

  8. Love this look, I'm in a craft mood right now so I'll be sure to give these a try. Thanks for sharing.

  9. What a wonderful project for those photos I have stuffed in a box. I am saving this to my 'to do" list. Thanks for joining the Open House party this week.

  10. This is such a lovely idea!

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  11. I love, love, love this project. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! I am definately going to add this to me "to do" list.

  12. What a great idea, Maggie! I did not see the original post, but yours shows them off pretty well. I could see these being great holiday gifts for grandparents!

  13. Love your project. I am the resident photographer in our house. I would display them on a shelf/ledge and rotate them out as I have new pictures. I will be posting my project soon on my blog.
    I do have a question though. How do you keep your photos on the cardstock from smearing when you are modgepodging? I have an inkjet printer.

  14. @Cheryl

    Hi Cheryl! Thanks so much for your comment! I used an inkjet printer, too & I didn't have any trouble with the mod podge smearing the ink...I did use a fairly heavy cardstock to print the photos on, but I'm not sure whether that has anything to do with it...hope that helps!

  15. I was just about to ask the same question about the ink (not) smearing when you use the mod podge. I wonder how long your photos dried before you mod podged them on the tiles? These are so cute! I'm 'pinning' this now :) Thanks!

  16. @~Steph

    Thanks so much, Steph!!! I don't recall letting the photos dry for an inordinate amount of time...just like an hour or so...(I printed them before we started dinner & then made the tiles later that night...) - and really, I had no trouble. I hadn't even thought it would be an issue (?) - maybe the more substantial paper I used helped? Maybe the ink soaked in a little better? Yikes...I don't know...;) I'd be curious to hear what your experience is!!!

  17. This is seriously such a fabulous idea! You are right the uses for this project are endless. I was thinking for a wedding as well! I am so pinning this idea right now. Thank you for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!


  18. Very cute idea! Oh yes, there are endless possibilities! Visiting from Wow Us Wednesday!!

  19. love it!! im having a giveaway for a beautiful vintage tin! please share the word and sign up

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  20. So cute! visting from whipperberry :) -jamie @ theletter4.blogspot.com

  21. These look great. So simple but oh so fun!!
    Jenn :)

  22. I love these - they are so adorable!! I featured you today in my Friday I'm In Love favorites. Have a wonderful weekend!!


    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

  23. Nice idea. I am already thinking of some alterations I can do to be able to make something of this kind without having to buy stuff. Pinning it with the description. Thanks for sharing.


  24. Very cute and fun! I would stick a magnet on the back. Or maybe even a pin for grandparents?

  25. Those are so cute!! I absolutely love them! (PS found you from Simple Home Life)

  26. Great to use for helping young children learn who their relations are. You could put magnets on the back and put them on the fridge so the little ones would see them all the time. Or you could make 2 of each and use them for a matching game. Nice idea.

  27. I love it! My sister is getting married soon so I am going to try and make this!
    Great blog :)



  28. What a great idea! I am going to pin it for later!!!! thinking they would make some great Christmas gifts!!!

  29. Super cute!!! I saw this over at TT&J! Love the idea. I will have to add this to my to do list!

  30. I LOVE these! The b&w photos are precious and such a unique way to display them. Very cool. Found you @ be different... act normal.

  31. Mod Podge is indeed a verb, at least in my vocabulary. These are precious! So glad you linked them up to this week's BFF link party!

  32. I found you on Lolly Jane's link up and I'm so glad I did. LOVE This project...I just pinned them! I"m your newest stalker!


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  33. I LOOOVE this idea! Especially a bowl of them sitting on the table, or on a shelf!

    Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/great-ideas-by-you/

    Have a FABULOUS weekend!

  34. They are so cute, what a lovely and fun projects and also they will make great gifts!

  35. These are absolutely precious! I love all the possibilities. Please come by and show this off at my VIP party today =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/07/vip-party-21.html

  36. I love this! You are brilliant and your kids are adorable! (Those are your kids, right...? You didn't hire models or anything, right?) ;)
    Congrats on this project! Tidy Mom has it kicking off her features! Yay Maggie!

  37. I love these! What a great idea - easy and inexpensive and personal!


  38. Awesome project idea! I love it.

  39. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these photo tiles! Thank you for sharing your project on Sew Woodsy last week. Just wanted to let you know that I featured your photo tiles today! Hope you'll join us again tomorrow!

  40. How fun is that! I love those tiles and I'm going to have to see if I can do some too. Great ideas and I've enjoyed your blog.
    have a great day

  41. What a cute idea! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! I'm featuring you this week. Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one.

  42. Thanks so much for linking up to Delicately Constructed Fridays!! I liked this so much I featured it this evening!! Come by and check it out!
    Have a great Friday, hope to see you tomorrow for this weeks party!

  43. These are great! I love using pictures in projects. Stop by and share at the link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.

  44. This is a nice way to encourage random recollections & conversations. The photographs are equally beautiful. Love your blog. Lynda

  45. I wonder if you could make larger ones as dinner place mats?

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