DIY Wood Block Frames 1,151 views
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Project Time:30 minutesOver spring break my boys built a go-kart together. Building projects always mean there’s leftover wood for me to use in DIY projects, so we cut off a few pieces to make photo frames for the little man’s bedroom (including a photo of him riding the go-kart he built). I wanted these to look a little rustic and weathered because this kid is rough and tumble, all about the outdoors, and loves things like fishing, boating, and building things.
- HP ENVY Photo Printer
- HP Original Ink (Learn how to save 50% on HP Ink here)
- HP Iron-on Transfers
- Wood blocks – approximate 9″ x 6.5″ (but any size will work, just adjust your photo size accordingly)
- Duck cloth canvas
- Wood stain
- Hemp cord
- Spray adhesive and hot glue
- If you have scraps of wood that are thick enough to stand on their own then use those (just make sure to adjust your photo size to fit), if not, we cut blocks of wood to be 6.75″ x 9″, and the blocks were about 1.5″ thick.
- Stain the wood, I like to use a pre-stain wood conditioner first, allow to dry, and then add 2 coats of a dark walnut wood stain before applying a conditioner (allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next).
- While stain and conditioners are drying is the perfect time to print and prepare your fabric images. The first step is to decide what images you want to print, then reverse (or flip) those images (I also made them black and white). Print onto the HP iron-on transfer paper using your HP Envy Photo printer. Tip: make sure to do a test print first so you don’t waste transfer paper.
- Cut the paper fairly close to the images, leaving less than a centimeter border around. cut the fabric pieces even larger, and then follow the instructions on the HP iron-on transfer package to iron your photo transfer onto the fabric.
- Cut your image out of the fabric, and then using the spray adhesive attach it to the wood block. Then, using hot glue attach pieces of hemp cord around each photo. Set aside to dry completely.
Watch the full tutorial below in the video.
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