Good Morning!

A few weekends ago was spent celebrating with my friend that will be moving away to San Diego.  So today I am sharing this personalized gift that a friend and I made for her.  We wanted to make something that represented SLC and also all the fun times we had together with our group of girlfriends.  So being that we live in Salt Lake City, we decided to get some wood blocks that say SLC and put a photo collage of all the fun times we had together in with the girls!

DIY Photo Collage Letters - Anything & Everything




  • wood block letters
  • paint
  • sponge brush
  • paint brush
  • pictures
  • mod podge
  • polyurethane



I started off by painting the front of the wood letters black.  Knowing that it would be hard to print my photos to match the letters exactly, I painted them black to help hide any seams and mismatches.

Step 1


Once the black paint was dry, then I painted the rest of the wood a pretty emerald-green color.  I had such a hard time deciding which color to use, but I am happy with how this color turned out!

Step 2



Now it’s time to apply the pictures.  Luckily I have a very talented husband who was able to put all the images together for me in a collage, so I only had to make a few cuts.  If you are unable to do this, you can easily still create the same look just by printing out your pictures individually and cutting them to fit how you like.  Apply mod podge to the wood and then place the images on top, so it will be glued on to the wood.  Let dry.

Step 3


After you have applied all the images to the wood with mod podge and it is completely dry,  use a sponge brush and apply a thin coat of polyurethane over the top of the images and on all the painted wood areas..  This will help to secure the images on even stronger and it gives it a nice glossy finish to everything.  When I made my DIY Wood Photo Block, I applied mod podge over the top of the image instead of the Polyurethane.  I really like the polyurethane better, as I felt like the mod podge gave it a bluish tint once it dried.

Step 4




This really was a bitter sweet project to make.  Going through all the pictures of us back in the day, just made me reminisce of all the fun times we had, making it a really fun project! But on the other hand saying goodbye to a good friend was tough.  I am so happy for her but also extremely jealous, as she will be living in San Diego where she will be enjoying the sand between her toes!

This would be a great gift for anyone and being that you can personalize it anyway you would like makes it even more special.  For more great gift ideas using pictures, make sure to check out my DIY Wood Photo Block, DIY Photo Tile Coasters, and the best method to transfer photos to canvas, my DIY Photo to Canvas Tutorial.



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79 thoughts on “DIY Photo Collage Letters

    1. Tara Post author

      I really love making gifts for people, especially thoughtful ones. I swear sometimes I am more excited about giving them the present than they are about receiving it haha! Thanks, Kristi for stopping by!


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      1. Shannon Ficklin

        We glued pictures on the wood and applied mod podge over the top of the pictures (as recommended) and let dry over night. The glue is still white on the pictures but seems dry. Help! 🙂 did we use the wrong Mod Podge or is it still drying?


  3. Karen

    This is great! I love your sweet idea, and the project turned out so nice. I’m sure your friend is very happy to have such sweet memories beautifully displayed. I’m a sucker for sentimental decor, and this one is just perfect. I’m pinning, tweeting, and sharing on FB today.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday.
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  4. Shirley

    I would love to make these DIY letters! Would your husband be able to share how he made put the pictures in a collage? Did he use a template or an application? I am thinking do you pick the letter, and then paste pictures onto the letter?



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    1. Tara Post author

      Thank you, Marie! I am so thankful that I have a great husband that can put the collage together for me, making it much easier 🙂


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        1. Tara Post author

          No, you need to make sure to print them on translucent paper, photo paper wont work. I am sure you can purchase the translucent paper and still have Walmart print it for you though on that paper. Let me know if you have anymore questions!


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  17. Yuki

    Hi!! Thanks for your tutorial 🙂 I have a question though, did you use photo paper or the regular kind? Do mod podge and photo paper react well? Haha thank you so much! 🙂


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  22. Danielle G.

    I absolutely love this project! It came out so beautiful and that green is so pretty! What size letters did you use?


  23. missagatha

    I am also wondering about what kind of paper you used for the photos! My brother and s-i-l are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and we want to do this for them. Thanks!!


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