DIY Photo Board Book With Mod Podge

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2 Hours
On my blog, I've shared how to transfer a photo onto wood using mod podge. This craft got me thinking about other applications for this technique. And since we had another special event to make a present for recently, I set out to create my own board book.

I had two copies of this 6″ by 6″ board book, “Sleep.”
It wasn’t very thick, so I wasn’t sure how it would take the layers of mod podge, but I gave it a whirl anyway.
I got started by coating all sides of the book in black acrylic craft paint using a paintbrush. Two coats covered it completely. Make sure you let it fully dry before going on to the next step.
Then I created a Word document with 6″ by 6″ images of the two cutest little girlfriends ever (spoiler – it’s my daughter, Lily, and her friend, Emirsyn).    My mother-in-law was kind enough to print the images for me with a fancy laser printer so they were vibrant and heavy duty. I think a normal inkjet printer would also work. I covered the black book with mod podge, laid down the printed image, smoothed it down, and then covered the top in mod podge again. Visit this post for a more comprehensive tutorial.
This little book we gave my daughter's friend as a birthday gift. She absolutely loved it! Plus the project was easy enough that my 4 year old daughter could help with multiple steps.
This DIY board book was fun to make and so special to give. If you’re looking for something thoughtful and heartfelt to give as a gift, consider this DIY project! I also think this idea would be a great addition to your bookshelves for your young child to learn family names or relatives they don’t see often. Making your own board book is an idea that has endless possibilities!

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  • Tamy Spangler Tamy Spangler on Apr 18, 2019

    Is Modge Podge nontoxic/drool proof? My toddler grandchild still sticks a lot of stuff in her mouth and kisses all the people/animals in her books.

  • Felisha Felisha on Jan 15, 2020

    Where do I get a wood book

  • Kathy Dolezal Kathy Dolezal on Feb 17, 2020

    How about making copies of the picture and do a Mod Podge transfer? My mother did this over 50 years ago for our wedding invitation put on a scalloped piece of wood and I still have it! Easy to do and still have the original invite also. Then put together as a book however you like.

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  • Lisa Lisa on Jun 07, 2019

    I think this is a fabulous idea! I am planning my daughters wedding and was looking to purchase very expensive bould books. I can do this instead!!!

  • Gra34050735 Gra34050735 on Mar 29, 2022

    This a great fun project. I love memories! I paid $8 for 10 page little photo book.

    This is affordable from dollar stores books. Can't wait to get started. Thank you for sharing!