Memory Blocks: A Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Hello Everyone! I’ve been thinking about Mother’s Day for several weeks now. Every year I struggle to find a way to say “thank you” to my mom. Do I get her another pair of slippers? Does she want a massage? What about flowers? Or does she just want to feel appreciated with some quality time (or a phone call in my case)? As an adult child, with no children of my own, it becomes really hard to find unique ways to show mom that you appreciate everything she put up with — especially between the ages of 13-18!

When Bobby and I were in Virginia last month, I saw a set of blocks with photos on them. Bobby’s grandmother made them for Bobby’s parent’s wedding anniversary.  What a cool idea! I ran to Michaels and purchased a few blocks, printed a handful of images, and voila! The perfect Mother’s Day gift — Memory Blocks!

Memory Blocks, Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Here’s what you need:

  • Wooden blocks (I bought three (3) 2″x2″ and four (4) 1″x1″)
  • Mod Podge
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Computer Paper
  • Printer


  1. First, print out the photos that you want to put on the blocks. This was the most time-consuming part for me. I tried to find an equal amount of photos of each brother from over the years, so I had to stalk my family’s Facebook pages!  I printed 42 (6 sides per block x 7 blocks = 42 images) photos on plain computer paper. Note: I printed the images as “wallet size”, which worked for 95% of the photos. I needed to edit about 3 images to get them to fit on the blocks. Mothers Day Gift Ideas, Memory Blocks
  2. Next, I sanded the blocks with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the sides and edges. I wiped off the dust with a damp paper towel and let the blocks dry.
  3. Then, placed the block over the image I wanted. Tip: You can hold the block on the back of the image and hold it up to the light to see what is in frame. Once you’ve got it in frame, trace the edge of the block around the image. Mothers Day Gift Ideas, Memory Block
  4. Next, cut out the image. Once cut, put the image on the block and trim any extra that may be spilling over. You want the image to lay flat on the block, with nothing hanging over the edge. Mothers Day Gift Ideas, Memory Blocks
  5. With a paintbrush, add a thin layer of Mod Podge on one side of the block. Add the image to the block. Be sure to press firmly on the image to make sure it sticks well. Press out any bubbles. Mothers Day Gift Ideas, Memory Blocks, Mod Podge
  6. Continue with steps 4 and 5 until the entire block is covered with images.
  7. Once the block is covered with images, add a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the images. This will protect the images from wear and tear. Let dry for 24 hours.

Mothers Day Gift Ideas, Memory Blocks

And there’s the final product! I’m so happy with the way it turned out! Such a great gift for Mother’s Day! I can’t wait to hear my mom’s reaction.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas, Memory Blocks


3 thoughts on “Memory Blocks: A Mother’s Day Gift Idea

  1. All I can say is PRECIOUS! A precious idea from a very precious daughter. Thanks for sharing such a cool idea Lauren! ❤

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