Whenever I do a wood project I always save my left over wood scraps. I am surprised with all the projects you can create with left over wood. These Noel Wood Blocks I made at Christmas were made from left over 2x4s. This Wood Block Photo Stand is made from 2×6 scrap. If you don’t have any left over wood around then you would need to buy a 2×6 in any length, or look in the discounted wood section of your hardware store. This project is easy and is a cute way to display a photo. It also makes a great gift for Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, birthdays or for anyone special you want to share a photo. You can really get creative with the embellishments, spray paint, glazing, staining, and technique you use, making it easy to customize it for a particular design style or person you may be gifting it too.
Scrap 2×6 wood block, cut to your choice size
Spray paint of choice
Embellishment of choice
Small clothes pin – purchased at Hobby lobby
Wood stain of choice
My wood block measured 5 inches in length. I thought this would be a perfect size for 3×5 photo. I started by lightly sanding any splintering/rough edges. Next I spray painted the wood block using Rustoleum Heirloom White in satin. I only spray painted the front, top, bottom and sides leaving the back as is. Apply a second and third coat as needed. Once dry I sanded the block in areas and edges where I wanted the wood to show through. Make sure to wipe any sanding dust off the block before moving on to the next step. Next I applied Minwax Dark Walnut stain to the areas that I spray painted. I allowed the stain to set for a couple of minutes then wiped it off using an old t-shirt. Allow the stain to sit longer to achieve a darker color or apply the stain again until the desired look is achieved. Allow the stain to dry. During this time apply stain to the small wooden clothes pin, wipe off stain and allow to dry.
While the stain was drying I cut my chosen embellishments to size. I chose burlap ribbon, and lace. Next I applied Mod Podge to the wood block using a sponge applicator, applied the burlap ribbon and set a heavy object on it to help with adhesion. An old college text book works great for this…and I never thought I would use my textbooks again ;-). Once this was dry I repeated the steps with my next embellishment, the lace.
Tip – I put plastic wrap between the embellishment and the weighted item to prevent the weighted item from sticking to the glue, especially if your embellishment is porous like burlap ribbon. I repeated this step for all sides of the block and with the second embellishment.
Tip – if you are using burlap ribbon I suggest working as fast as possible when gluing. The longer I worked with the burlap the more unraveled it became.
Tip – I used Mod Podge to apply the lace and it darkened the lace a bit. Choose a different glue for a lace embellishment if you prefer the lace not to change color.
Once all embellishments were applied and dried I used Mod Podge and glued the stained clothes pin to the center of the embellishment.
At first I wasn’t sure if Mod Podge was the best glue for this, but it actually worked really well. While the glue was drying I gathered by chosen picture, cut it to size and clipped it with the clothes pin. This is a picture of my husband and I standing by an ice sculpture at Keystone ski resort after a day of snowboarding.
This would look great sitting on an end table, a shelf, part of a vignette or hung on a wall as part of a photo gallery wall.
What projects have you made using scrap wood? A great way to stretch your creativity is to challenge yourself to come up with a project using only leftover wood blocks. Would love to see what you come up with.
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