It seems like there has been a lot of recent interest in discovering who our ancestor were, and where we have our roots. I love this! I love finding connections to past generations. Today’s project is a great way to teach your kids the names and faces of past and present family members in a fun way: as a DIY matching game.
Supplies needed to make your own DIY matching game:
- Unfished Rectangle Wood Pieces
- Mod Podge Matte
- Jute Drawstring Bags
- Foam Brush
- Mod Podge Brayer Tool & Squeegees
- Fine Point Permanent Markers
- Double prints of photos of your choice, sized or trimmed to 1.25 x 2″
The first thing you will want to do is collect and prepare your photos. Here is a simple way to do this! I took pictures of the photos that I chose with my camera photo. If your photo is in a frame, do not use a flash and position away from any light source to avoid glare. I also collected some photos online with a screenshot. Then I used a photo collage app to size the photos, and convert them all to black and white for consistency.
Trim your photos to about 1.25 x 2″
Once the adhesive has dried, using a permanent pen, add the names of the people in the photos. You could also add names when you collect and collage the photos before printing in a photo editing program. I didn’t think of adding the names until my photos were printed. I thought it would be nice to have names attached to faces, so future generations could know who the photos were of.
I left the backs of my tiles the natural wood color. You could paint them or stain them but I chose to store my tiles in a rustic burlap drawstring bag to keep it contained.
My kids have already gotten a kick out of Great-Grandma on her wedding day, and Uncle Brendan six months old in a tin bathtub. It is fun for them to see the faces they love on a personalized DIY matching game.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).