July 13, 2011

Photograph Tiles from Midwestern Sewing Girl

It’s one of my favorite parts of the week: time to share the Positively Splendid stage with one of my talented readers! Today’s project comes from Maggie from Midwestern Sewing Girl, and it is darling beyond words. Take it away, Maggie!
Oh yay!!!!! I’m so super excited to be here on Positively Splendid today! I simply adore Amy’s blog…I never miss a post…and just look over on the sidebar at that sweet face of hers! Doesn’t she just look like someone you want to know?
Before I get to my project for today, let me introduce myself…my name is Maggie and I write Midwestern {Sewing} Girl…my little blog where I share my creative endeavors…some sewing, some crafting, some furniture re-doing, some diy-ing…you name it.
ย Here are just a few of my favorite projects…

…my revamped thrift store ottoman

…my vintage circus pillow

…and my world map lamp

Now, for today’s project…
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?
Thank you so so much for letting me share these with you today! Please feel free to stop by M{S}G anytime! I’d love to see you…
And thank you soooooooooo much, Amy, for having me as your guest today! You’re the best!
Cute, cute, CUTE! I adore the idea of incorporating these into wedding decor, and wouldn’t they make a great gift for a bride and groom? Thanks, Maggie, for sharing this project with us!


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19 Responses to Photograph Tiles from Midwestern Sewing Girl

  1. Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl July 13, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Thank you so so much for having me today, Amy!!! Yay!

  2. Suzie July 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    I love the inked look and wonder if spraying with a workable fixative before the last coat of Mod Podge would help it be less messy…

  3. Randi~Dukes and Duchesses July 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    So, so cute … and I like the idea of just displaying them in a fun container. Think I have to add that to the project list!

  4. Kelli @ RTSM July 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    What a fun and easy project! The kiddos could even help out with this one!

  5. Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com July 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    I love ’em Maggie! All of the black n white pictures along with the word blocks makes for a fantastic display!

  6. Rachel July 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    That’s adorable! I love them! This would be a great gift for a family member who lived far away, so their kiddos could get to know their relatives! Now I’m planning out a present for my little one’s cousins who don’t live near ANY family members . . . ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Doreen July 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    SO CUTE! This would be a fun project for a sorority to do together, girl scout troop, etc. Love both your blogs!

  8. rosewendy July 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    A bowl of these pictures would be a nice alternative to a ‘coffee table book’

  9. Amanda @ Serenity Now July 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I loved this project so much I just Pinned and Stumbled it. You know that’s true love. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great guest post. Amy, I just love the ideas I find at your blog!

  10. Ruth July 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Love this idea. Can’t wait to make some of my own.

    Your blog is great. Love the cake and the faux copper cabinet doors.


  11. The Pennington Point July 14, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    This is so cute. Dontcha just love a simple idea that makes you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Adorable and so versatile. I mean, what grandma doesn’t need a bowl of grandchildren pictures? Lisa~

  12. Simply AJ July 14, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    What a clever idea!! Such an easy way to show off pictures and a unique coffee table display. Love it!! Thanks for sharing Maggie and Amy thanks for having such a great guest over to amaze us with her crafty talent! AJ


  13. June Scott July 15, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    These are wonderful, Maggie! So fun! Thanks, Amy for having Maggie and thanks, Maggie for sharing such a great project!

  14. elizabeth July 15, 2011 at 4:06 am #

    Lovely as usual, Maggie!!!!

  15. Sarah Trainor January 6, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    I love these! I’d love to make them and put them on our fridge with adhesive magnet backing. I just did a similar project with my son’s artwork instead of photos, which is here: http://www.samplesalemom.blogspot.com/2013/01/fridge-magnets-from-your-kids-artwork.html Next time I may use wood so that they can be larger than one inch wide. Where does one buy small same-size wood pieces?

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 8, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      I love your magnets, Sarah! Have you looked in the wood crafting section at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, etc.? They often have bags of wood pieces in different shapes that are very reasonably priced.

  16. Kellie August 12, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    These are so fun. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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