If you are looking for a great gift for a baby or toddler you came to the right place! Most kids love looking at pictures of themselves and their family. My one year old Scarlett is vain and demands to see pictures of herself on my phone constantly. I’m not going to lie to you…. this DIY baby picture board book was not my usual easy breezy type of project. It took a good bit of time and patience so be prepared for that before you dive in. In other words, do not make this gift for a random co-worker you barely know, make this for a good friend or family member 😉 Or better yet, make this for your own child !
BIG TIP: Use a book with less pages. Mine was 30 total pages including cover and back which ended up being a little much. When you are picking a board book at the thrift store, or on amazon, look for something with 14 total pages or less. It took me a full day to do this project, working off and on. The most consuming part is the DRYING time! You have to dry each page individually open or the crease in the spine will stick together so I pretty much visited this project every 30 minutes all day long, doing a new page then walking away. I made this for my good friend’s son, who is sooooo sweet, so it was well worth it.
Materials Needed: Board book (from the thrift store or 6$ blank board book from Amazon. Modpodge, Foam paint brush, scissors, Pictures (I printed on to cardstock) and white acrylic paint (optional, see step #5 below for details).
1. Measure your board book and figure out the dimensions your pictures + captions need to be. Make our final picture + caption 1/4″ smaller then book page. So if your book is 6″x6″ then your picture including the caption should be 5 3/4″x5 3/4″.
2. Design your pictures and captions in the computer. If you do not already have a way you like to do this then please go to my Add Text to Pictures POST for instructions using power point or picmonkey.
3. Print out your pictures and captions onto light weight cardstock. I used 67lb cardstock from Amazon, it is 8$ for 250 sheets.
4. Cut out your pictures.
5. ** This step is optional. If you bought a thrift store board book and you would like your final board book to look clean then PAINT THE OUTER PORTION OF YOUR PAGES WHITE and fan out your book to let the paint dry. Make sure it is TOTALLY DRY, give this at least an hour and you might even need 2 coats.
3. While paint is drying pour yourself some wine and drink. I like this Chile Cabernet from Trader Joes 3.99$ it is amazing people. My other fave for 3.99 is in the Italy Section it is bright orange label GRIFONE PRIMITIVO. Aweeeeessssooome.
4. Layout the first page how you want it, cut the corners to be round if your board book is round… which most are. Then put on a thin layer of modpodge and place cardstock down. Make sure to smooth it down really good as air bubbles tend to pop up VERY EASILY. They don’t show up until later so just try to smooth everything down in the beginning. Let dry about 10min and place scissors or something to separate pages so no dripping or rub off occurs. Again… drink more wine. AND ONLY DO ONE set of PAGES at a time! Dont try to cheat, you will regret it, trust me I tried.
*** Tip *** I like to put my brush in a plastic bag while waiting for project to dry. This way the sponge or brush does not dry out.
5. Next smooth a layer of modpodge over the top of the picture and the edges so it fully covers the cardstock and make sure that the edges barely have any on them. Go over edges with a paper towel if you need to, this will save the pages from sticking together in the long run. Let this dry at least 15min. More wine drinking! I put scissors between the lower page and the rest of the pages while drying so they wouldn’t stick together.
6. Do the above process until all of your pages are finished. I had 30 total pages to do, so ummm it took me some time
7. When you are finished you might run into these issues: The pages will still be slight tacky and the book will not lay flat. The book was easy to get to lay flat, I just put tissues in between the pages, closed it and put hand weights on top after one night it was flat and fine. For the tackiness of the pages- THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN IF YOU MODPODGE EXTRA THIN AND WIPE EDGES. But if you are like me and went too thick with the modpodge then you can spray on clear gloss over the pages and AGAIN let them dry. I also added duck tape to the outer spine because I was worried the book would fall apart since the one I got from thrift store was pretty old. I have bought this mustache duck tape on Amazon (where else? I love amazon) for 6$ and have used it on many different projects so far.
Soooooo…. as you can see this book requires some computer skills, some patience and some wine, but I think it was worth it in the end! I will be making one for my daughter Scarlett for Christmas and putting on the modpodge very thin this time Here are a few pictures of how it turned out
I also wanted to add a quick blurb about the way I wrapped this birthday gift. I decided to recycle the kraft paper and use as wrapping paper! I took the paper and turned it over onto the better non glue covered side, then I splattered some acrylic paint that I had in my craft drawer and voila, wrapping paper! I spruced it up a bit with some gift tags I designed. To download these click the link Happy Birthday Gift Tags and scroll through the pages for various colors.
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