Tuesday, June 17, 2014

DIY: Picture Letters! Guest post :: Emily!

Our next poster is named Emily. She is VERY new to the blogging world! One of the best things about her is that I needed another guest post and VOILA. She seruously sent this to me with a days notice. She is fabulous. Please visit her blog here! Cant wait to tell you guys about my trip soon! xoxo

With many high school & college graduations going on, I know a lot of people are worrying about what exactly to get for their graduate! I decided to go the more inexpensive route and instead invest my time in my friends' gifts. 

I have to say I am amazed with how all of the gifts turned out. My favorite gift that I gave were two collage letters to my two best friends. I made them completely on my own, the letters and all. I listed a step by step below to show you how!

1. I bought some plywood and drew the letters I wanted (H & A for their first initials). Then I had my Dad cut them out for me. I am sure you could buy these somewhere, but I couldn't find the size I wanted so I made my own! They are approximately 18x20 in.

2. I painted both letters black to hide any space that might pop out underneath the photos. 

3. Here comes the fun part. I printed out loads of photos of me and my friends. I just did this on computer paper because it works better with the mod podge. The best way to do it, I think, is to layout your entire collage and cut everything to the desired size. I tried to make mine a bit more chaotic and less blocky. 
Here is what the H looked like with all of the pictures laid out on the letter.
4. After I planned out my letters, I took loads of photos of my rough collages so I could remember where everything went.

5. Then I took some mod podge and applied it on the wood and glued down each individual photo (paying close attention to overlap). After that I applied two coats over top of the photos to give it a glossy finish.

6. Once the letter itself is complete, I stapled burlap to the back and tied the top off in a bow.

This is a very inexpensive gift, but it takes massive amounts of time. However, it is a very sweet gift to give to someone special. My friends did get a bit teary eyed when they received theirs.  Until next time!

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  1. super cute! this would be a good wedding present with a new last name letter too!

  2. These are so cute, I wish I had something similar for my dorm room when I was still in college.


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