My parents are the kind of people who have everything. They are retired, they spend most of their time at the beach, and they don’t ever “need” anything, but they love toys.
I made some photo coasters for them a few years ago, and my dad mentioned wanting to do a photo table. I decided to make this for him for father’s day this year (Dad, if you’re reading this, STOP!!!)
This project was pretty simple, just some basic materials and some ratty clothes are all you need to make this project a reality. I would try to space this out over an entire weekend, if not longer. Each layer needs to dry in order for this to work properly.
- Ikea lack table ($9) or sub another table, maybe one from a thrift store
- 25 Photos, or more if your table is larger
- Elmers glue
- Paper cutter (optional, this will allow you to make clean cuts on your photos, and measure them for consistency)
- Modpodge (matte finish small should be fine)
- EnviroText Lite High Gloss Finish
- Brush or Sponge applicator (for the modpodge)
- Disposable measuring container (I used an old coffee tin)
- Wooden stick (to smooth out the resin)
- Hair dryer
- Cut your photos to even 4’’x4’’ squares, or any other size you like!
- Lay out your photos in a pattern you like (optional: tape some or all of them down to keep them in place)
- Glue photos down with elmer’s glue
- Let this dry at least two hours— place something heavy on top of the photos (like a book)
- Apply three layers of modpodge on top of the entire table. Make sure that the layers fully dry before applying your next coat (about 3-4 hours between coats, you can place a fan nearby to help the layers dry faster)
- Mix equal parts resin and hardener in to your disposable tin (if your bottles are fresh, you can simply pour them into your tin, and compare the amount left in the bottles to make sure you are using equal parts, or you can pour them into a disposable measuring cup and measure them out) For this project I needed a little less than half of each of the bottles.
- Quickly pour your contents on to your table, and smooth it out using your wooden stick. Make sure that there aren’t any “holes” and don’t worry about bubbles too much. Try to keep it as even as possible, but remember that a lot of it will even out as you go along. I poured it all out on the center of the table, and then smoothed it to the corners
- Use your hairdryer to get rid of any bubbles (I just applied it as closely as I could to the table, and just ran it over the bubbles until they went away)
- Let dry for a least 12 hours, but a good day or two is best
- Wrap and give to a loved one
Also consider doing this with a map, scrapbook paper, coins, old letters, beer bottle caps, wine corks, etc. The list is endless.
Good luck 🙂