Graduation season is in full swing and if you’re like me you have someone you need to buy a gift for this month.  Money is always nice but it gets costly if you have several graduations to attend.  I wanted to do something different, something special, that my niece could look at a few years from now and remember how far she has come. I remember how much I loved taking pictures and having them everywhere in my room when I was her age so, I decided to make a picture frame for her that showed her life for the past 18 years.


I started with a frame from Michaels that had a nice thick mat, mine was 3.5 inches wide. I went through all of the pictures I had of her, and even stole a few off of her Facebook page, and collected a good mix of photos from when she was a baby until now. Using PicMonkey I resized the pictures to fit the frame and turned them from color to black and white.

Once I had my photos ready I cut them out and arranged them on the mat to see how they would fit. When I found an arrangement I liked, I glued each of the pictures with a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the mat. For my center photo I used my niece’s cap and gown picture in full color,  but I think it would also be nice with a graduation announcement as the centerpiece.

graduationframe_blackwhiteI think this simple project would be great for all sorts of gifts, not just graduation. I may even make one for my husband for Father’s Day.

Congratulations to all of the graduates out there!!



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