Last Minute Photo Gifts

The Holidays are upon us and time for getting or making gifts is running out.

How about last minute photo gifts as stocking stuffers?

Photo magnets are a quick and meaningful gift for your loved ones.

What do you do with all your photos and how can you make something meaningful to gift with them? That is what I had to figure out for my holiday gift. I carefully selected a few really nice photos of my dog Bear, to whom I just had to say goodbye forever. This gift is for my husband, who loved this dog as much as I did. I wanted something small enough, that you could use instead of just putting a picture on the wall. So I chose to make magnets for him.

Here is how to make your magnets:


For your supplies you will need:

  • Wooden blanks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Brushes
  • Embellishments
  • Sandpaper 350 grit
  • Magnets
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue

Step 1: Paint your blanks

I chose oval blanks and painted them robins egg blue.

Make sure that you use more than one coat of paint, if you don’t want the wood showing through.

Step 2: Sand

In between coats you should sand the blanks. Not before. The moisture of the paint will pull up some of the wood fibers that you want to sand down. Alternatively you can also sand after painting for a distressed look.

Step 3: Print and cut your photos

Always use a cutting mat, ruler and knife instead of scissors for a clean cut.

You can print on plain paper or card stock. I would not recommend using photo paper as the finish will interact with the top coat.

Step 4: Glue your photos

Position and glue your photos with Mod Podge.

Use a thin layer on the back of the picture and glue it with Mod Podge to the painted blank. Let it dry completely. Then finish with several thin layers of Mod Podge. Make sure to use a soft brush and light strokes over the picture when you put the first finish on. I used super gloss-brilliant Mod Podge.

Step 5: Embellish

Embellish your magnets with gems of your choice.

I used hot glue to glue the gems to the wood. Alternatively you can use E6000 glue.

Step 6: Glue on the magnets

Glue on the magnets. This kind comes with a sticky back. I chose to reinforce it with hot glue.

I have made magnets before and recommend using some extra glue to reinforce the bond as the self adhesive layer is not very strong if you use stick-on magnets.


You are now finished with your magnets. I chose to leave the back of the blanks unfinished, but you can give it a coat of paint as well.

I hope you will have fun making these photo gifts for you friends and family.


Feel free to comment with your finished work below.

Happy Holidays everyone!



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