How to Mount Photos on Wood

Updated April 17, 2017

If you have a collection of photos that you'd like to put on display, you probably know how expensive it can be to purchase a large number of picture frames. To save money while still displaying your photos in an attractive way, why not use the technique of découpage. This technique is inexpensive and you can mount your photo prints on wood blocks in a single afternoon.

Make a copy of each photo you're going to be mounting so that you won't ruin the original if you make a mistake. You can make copies by scanning the photos to your computer and then printing them out or saving them to a memory card and having them printed for you at a copy shop.

Trim the edges of the photo until its dimensions match the dimensions of the wooden surface on which it will be mounted.

Sand the wood block on which you'll be mounting the photo to eliminate any bumps or roughness; then use a clean foam paintbrush to coat one side with découpage glue. You can find découpage glue in any craft store.

Place the backside of the photo carefully against the adhesive-covered surface of the wood. Make sure that it's straight, and press down as hard as you can.

Allow the glue to dry for one to two hours; then apply another layer over the entire surface of the photo and the sides of the wood block. The glue seals the edges of the photo so that it won't peel off.


If you have printed out copies of your photos from an inkjet printer, allow the ink time to dry completely before you mount the photo. If the ink isn't dry, it may bleed when it comes into contact with the découpage glue.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Découpage glue
  • Foam brush
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