"MOM" Photo Tutorial!

Just a quick idea for a last minute Mother's Day gift!

I've been wanting to materialize this idea for ages, but I'm too cheap to buy a shadowbox frame. :o) I found one at the Dollar Tree recently and it was perfect for making a "MOM" photo!

Here's how to make one!

Step-by-step instructions:

  • Print two copies of the same photo. 
  • Copy "MOM" or any other design onto the back of one copy.
  • Cut out with a craft knife or scissors.
  • Use double-stick foam tape (craft or home improvement stores) to attach the letters (design) to the other frame, matching the photo exactly.
  • Slip it in your frame and give to mom!


  • Choose a lighter photo for a more obvious "MOM".  Mine was a little on the dark side of the force.
  • Another option for more design emphasis would be lightening one of the photos a little more in a photo editing program before printing. The slight variation in exposure would make the word pop!
  • Make sure that if you are choosing a word or design that isn't the same backwards as it is forwards you cut the design out backwards. (Or simply cut it out on the front side.)

I would love to find a photo of me with my mom and sister to give to my mom. It would be great with "DAD", too! Or like I said, any design! My original thought was a heart or flower shape or cutting out the actual subject of the photo to make it pop out just for fun.

I hope you enjoy! Have a wonderful Mother's Day, everyone. :o)



  1. This is absolutely stunning! Love the way the mom is so subtle but awesome!


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  3. This is really cute! And thanks for the idea ^^

  4. What a cool, super creative idea Disney! I love it. I also love the way your mind thinks. Can you move to Utah? Please? :)


  5. What a great idea! I love it!

    Just a thought - it might be worth mentioning in your tutorial that if you use a word or design that isn't bilaterally symetrical, you'd need to reverse the letters (or whatever) when you draw them on the back of the picture. I was going to do a "NANA" version for my daughter's grandmother, and had to reverse the Ns to make them look right.

    Awesome idea!

  6. c'est une idée géniale!!!
    what's a great idea!!i'm not sur that my english is good sorry!!

  7. This is SO clever! BTW--just read the birthday post for Paige...she is growing up...such a sweet child. I too loved to dress in my fancy dress with 'can-can' slip, patent leather shoes and lacy ruffled socks as a child--waaaay back in the day. That would be my preferred chosen dress just to play outside in the dirt. LOL. I see Paige loves Hello Kitty--well, so do I!...even at my ripe old age. My little girl--who is middles age now--was never big on fancy dresses. You and Paige make this blog very special and a joy to read. God bless you and your family.

  8. This is so darn cute and clever! Loving the possibilities for this technique. :)

  9. I've been thinking about doing this with small hearts for a while now, and like you just haven't found the right frames! (Well, the right price on frames anyway!) Thanks for the wonderful MDay idea.

  10. This is really pretty-thank you so much!
    Happy Mother's Day to you too.:)

  11. I pinned this!!

  12. Jen: Thank you!! I can't believe I forgot to put that in there. It's been added now.

  13. So cute! thanks Disney!
    :) Lilach

  14. Oh Disney that is SOO lovely! I hope you have a wonderful mothers day! Oh another note.. i'm very new to the blogging world and I could use some tips on how to get more followers to my blog! I would really appreciate any advice you have to give me! heres a link to my new blog http://thriftytvintagepeach.blogspot.com/
    Many Blessings!

  15. Super creative! This looks like a project I may actually start (and finish!).

  16. Love this! Gonna do it for father's day!

  17. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing.

  18. What a wonderful idea! I'm celebrating Mother's Day a week late so I might try to get this done before next weekend. Thanks for sharing, I just love your blog!

  19. LOVE this...thanks for the idea!!!!

  20. this is so cute! must try it someday

  21. oh my goodness i love this idea. it's definitely on my "to make over the summer" list :)

  22. Adorable. WIsh I had seen it before Mother's Day! I might be trying the idea with the word "Dad" next month for Father's Day!


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