Easy Wood Photo Plaque for Gallery Wall


As you know from seeing my DIY Canvas Art and Paper Mache Wall Art posts, I love to create my own decorative wall art. The gallery wall leading up my staircase has been so much fun to create. Today, I’m going to show you how to easily – and very cheaply – create your own wooden photo block.

You can use an actual block of wood that sits on a mantle or bookcase shelf, or you can create a piece that hangs on the wall like I did.

Mine is fairly small (5.5” diagonal) and created from a square wood piece from Hobby Lobby that was $.79. They have a variety of sizes and shapes to choose from.

First, I drilled a hole in the back so I could hang it on my wall when it was done (I didn’t want to risk damaging the front afterward when I drilled the nail hole).


Then, I painted the sides of the wooden square to match the color of my walls.


Next, I selected a picture of my dog Dakota from a recent trip to my parent’s house. I decided I wanted to hang my block at a diagonal, so I cropped the picture at an angle and printed it out with a guide line for cutting. I printed it on a matte presentation paper (kind of a high end card stock for printing photos) instead of actual photo paper.


Once the picture was printed and cut. I used a foam brush to cover the surface of the wood plaque and the back side of the picture with mod podge. I positioned the dog photo on the wood and then covered the front side of the picture with mod podge. Once dry, I applied a 2nd coat of mod podge to the picture and also to the sides of the wood so the sheen would be uniform.


Then, I hung it on my wall next to my painted canvases of dog and frog silhouettes. I’ve since painted and glazed the “Love” wall art and it looks sooo much better! I’ll post that one soon.



  • Wooden block or wall plaque
  • Drill
  • Paint
  • Picture
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush