Monday, January 24, 2011

Photo Monogram Letter



I found this wooden letter on clearance for $3 a few months ago and thought it'd make the perfect base for a collage of some type. In an effort to economize my Christmas gifts and make something special for my nieces, it became a Christmas gift. It already had a wall hanger on the back and being wood, I knew it would hold up nicely. It was red so I spray painted it black. Then I printed off black and white pictures of my niece growing up, including several of us together, and used mod podge to glue them on. It turned out looking better than I thought considering I used regular copy paper. She loved it.

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38 comments:

  1. Cute idea! I love it! This is something my sister would love, I am def going to have to make one for her!

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  2. Hello! I wanted to know where you found the letter. I checked Michaels, JoAnnes, and Berverly's and could not find letters big enough.

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    1. Hobby Lobby has lots of them...hopefully you are lucky enough to live by one. I live in Oceanside, California and one finally came to Temecula which is about a 40 minute drive for me but worth every minute and mile!!!!!

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  4. Did you put a thin coat of modgepodge after you put the pictures on?

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  5. The letter was found on clearance at Marshall's. It was wooden but I know Joanns sells large paper mâché ones.

    I did seal it all with a layer of matte mod podge.

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  6. Thank you for the inspiration! I made one for my step son's grandparents for Christmas. One question tho, I tried to put a black border around it like you did, but it's all crooked, haha. How did you make your's so even?

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  7. Jo Jo, I painted it black first then cut the pictures to fit exactly on the edge. Hope this helps! Good luck!

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  8. did you print the pictures at the store on photopaper or just regular computer paper? this is soo cool, I want to try it : )

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  9. AW this a cute idea i am going to do someday!!

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  10. I saw this idea earlier today and kept thinking about what I could do with it, then happened to be in TJ Maxx just a few minutes ago and found an "A" and and "M" - the only two letters they had, in black and grabbed them quickly. My son Adam, is getting married to a terrific gal by the name of Marilyn - PERFECT!

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  11. Holly Lobby sells the big letters in wood . To get the border paint the letter first .

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  12. This post is awesome! It's been featured on Fantastic Finds for the Fam{ily} for Scouting Sunday! Feel free to grab a button!

    http://fantasticfamilyfinds.blogspot.com/2012/05/scouting-sunday-new-and-improved.html

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  13. Its really an art to construct such Photo Monogram Letter, for sweet memories, I would like to construct like this and Send gifts to Pakistan from UK.

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  14. I tried making this for a shower gift for my sister in law. Both times I have tried, it has turned a greenish color. First time, I used Alene's Spray Adhesive and then modge podge on top. When that didn't turn out. I peeled it all off and cleaned it really well with a damp cloth. I then used modge podge as the adhesive and then put a thin coat on top. I used the glossy kind of modge podge. Could that be why? Or maybe different printer ink? I am using hp. I let the photos dry for several hours before cutting and putting on the letter.

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    1. Candi,

      I'm sorry this hasn't worked out for you yet. Like I said, I was going to use photo paper but regular copy paper worked out fine so I left it as is. I'm guessing if yours is changing colors it is your ink and/or paper. Maybe print them and get copies made somewhere with toner rather than ink. Or print photos. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks. I just tried printing two photos on photo paper and modge podging them to paper. Waiting to see how they dry. My ink is low so I am wondering if it is not printing right. The pictures look good though before adding the modge podge.

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    3. Try using plain computer paper instead of photo paper, maybe thats the problem?

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  15. I love this! I may outline mine on paper first to verify size and placement of pics.

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  16. Did you put like a clear coat or something over top the pictures?

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  17. about how big were the pictures when you printed them?

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  18. This is one of the most incredible blogs Ive read in a very long time.

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  19. Most of the times, it is extremely difficult to come up with the right kind of Photo Collage for that special occasion. You can search for hours through various online stores as well as the high street to buy a personalised gift but it is sometimes difficult to choose the one that will have the impact you wish for.

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  20. ok so you put the glue.on the back of the copy paper and it doesny get wrinkles???

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  21. ok so you put the glue.on the back of the copy paper and it doesny get wrinkles???

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    1. I used mod podge and put a light layer on the wood. Then I pressed the papers down gently. I didn't get any wrinkles. I've found that wrinkles on projects like these come from too much glue and the paper getting too wet. Good luck!

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    2. I would be.worried puttting a coat on top would cause the ink to smear? cant wait to try

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    3. I would be.worried puttting a coat on top would cause the ink to smear? cant wait to try

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  22. I did this 2 years ago has a Christmas present. however I did not spray a black border on it, instead I continued pictures all the way around the border. it was very easy to do. I got the letter from Joann Fabrics, it was made of pressed cardboard, I put it on a layer of mod podge on the letter itself, placed the copy paper picture on, then when all photos were in place I put a layer of the mod podge over the entire letter.

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  23. Thanks for such an excellent idea Amy.
    I am from India and i could not find any such Monogram letter, so i would request you to please send me the approx dimension of the letter.

    Appreciate your help here :)

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  24. I love the idea! I'll be featuring it on my blog (homemakinghearts.com) tomorrow and sending folks your way for instructions! Keep being creative!

    I would also like to invite you to HomemakingHearts.com on Fridays for a brand new link-up; it would be a delight to have you join us!

    Gabriella

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