Pinspired | DIY Mother’s Day Photo Collage

Picture this: it’s Friday and you just realized Mother’s Day is in two days and you need a thoughtful and unique gift pronto.  Nothing at Target or Hallmark seems personal enough.  You want to give something from the heart, preferably handmade, that doesn’t take a ton of time and won’t break the bank.  I saw this sweet idea for a photo collage gift on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try to give as gifts to Charlotte’s grandmothers this Mother’s Day.  They turned out beautifully and were super easy to put together.

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pinspired mother's day frame 2016

First you’ll need a pre-matted frame with enough spaces for photos to spell out the special lady’s name.  I purchased a 6-opening frame to spell out “Grammy” for my Mom and a 4-opening version for “Mimi” for Don’s Mom.  I bought these on Amazon for about $20 each but have seen similar ones at craft supply stores like Michaels.  You’ll also need letters for your child to hold to spell out the names.  I purchased white wood letters from Michaels for $4 each, which is a bit pricey for a one-off gift, but I think it would be cute to take updated photos each year using the same letters to either replace in the frames or add to a special Mother’s Day album for your loved one.  This way you can get a lot of use out of them and the result is a sweet yearly growth progression project.

pinspired mothers day edit photos 2016

I took photos of Charlotte holding each letter using a neutral background and a simple outfit so the letters would really pop.  I used my iPhone to take these shots in quick succession to catch her squirming around for different positions.  Of course you need to be careful to keep a close eye on your baby when photographing them with large wooden letters.  The ones I chose have a smooth finish with curved edges which makes them less dangerous if she decided to start gumming on one (which she didn’t during out little photo shoot session but would have made for a cute picture!).  I tweaked my top picks in my Apple Photos program to remove any dark shadows and amp up the exposure a bit for nice bright shots.

pinspired mothers day epson picturemate pm-400

I have an Epson Picturemate PM-400 compact photo printer which I use for my Project Life scrapbooking efforts.  It connects wirelessly to my computer for easy and fast printing of 4″x6″ or 5″x7″ photos.  I love how they turn out with this printer!  It took only a few minutes for me to edit and print out the photos I needed for each frame.

pinspired mothers day putting together collage 2016

I simply attached the photos using double sided table to the sample background sheet that came in each frame and presto, a beautiful handmade gift made in just minutes!

pinspired diy mothers day photo collage

I love how these photo collage frames came out and I think they’ll make for special first Mother’s Day gifts to Charlotte’s grandmas.  I plan on continuing the tradition of taking photos using the same white letters with each year and am thinking of putting together something similar for Don for Father’s Day since he loves how this turned out so much.

Do you have anything special planned for Mother’s Day this year?  Feel free to tweet me photos if you decide to try this project as well.  I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration spent with loved ones!
Happy Mother’s Day! 💕


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31 thoughts on “Pinspired | DIY Mother’s Day Photo Collage”

  1. Jen this is so cute!!! Really thoughtful and creative gift!!! Im sure CC’s grandmothers will love it!! Thank you for sharing!!

  2. Super gift ! I took pictures of my 6 kids every month for a year, holding an appropriate holiday or other special day sign, and made the grandparents calendars for Christmas. Grandparents always love pics of grandkids

  3. Very sweet gift. Grandparents will understand how much love went into these gifts. They are perfect. Love them!!

  4. Great idea! I’ve done this with pictures of my boys for Father’s Day. If you don’t have a photo printer at home (I have one but can’t print from my iPhone to it) You can also upload the photos from your phone to Snapfish through their app and pick them up at your local Walgreens. Other places that do photos also have a similar service (CVS, Target).

    I have been enjoying your blog for a while now, and followed your pregnancy and now raising your delightful little girl. Thanks for sharing so much with us. Happy first Mother’s Day to you!!

  5. What a great gift! Love the idea of doing this every year to see how much they grow and change. Happy 1st Mother’s Day Jen!

  6. What a lovely idea for a gift, any granny would be delighted to receive something like this.

    Hope you have a wonderful 1st Mothers day to.

  7. Oh my goodness! They are going to go crazy over this gift. I know I cannot get enough pictures of my grandchildren.

  8. Very nice idea. How was your mother’s day Jen? Did you have any fun plans? Hope CC (and Don) were so good to you yesterday. It must’ve been such a special day with your new baby girl! Would love to hear about your festivities.

  9. What did you do for mother’s day? Did you throw one of your wonderful parties/get togethers? I love hearing about how you celebrated different holidays because you always seem to have exciting events! I hope you and CC enjoyed a fun-filled day together.

    1. I’m definitely doing it for Father’s Day, too. It wouldn’t be fair for the grandmas so have their name in baby and not the grandpas 😉

  10. This is totally unrelated but I saw your Pacifica hand cream in one of the shots…I bought the very same one and while I like the lotion the print from the packaging is completely flaking off and I can’t use the cream without getting flecks of it all over my hands! Have you had this experience? It’s really frustrating to buy a high quality product and not want to use it.

    1. Yes, I think I mentioned that in one of my empties videos before. I truly hope they change the packaging because aside from that the lotion is perfect!

      1. I decided to email Pacifica, and this is their response. Maybe worth another try 😉

        “This is an issue we have been hearing about for a while but it is also an issue that has been resolved! When we switched to 100% recyclable tube they coating didn’t work as well as we had hoped. We had to create an entirely new coating. This has been finished and new tubes have been filled and are on many shelves around the country.”

  11. These look fab! Might have to try this with my little toddler…I can imagine the different expressions for each letter will probably add to the character lol! Great gift idea!x

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