Check it Out! I have the most magical photo of my husband Delmar that I took while we were at the beach for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Since his passing it has become one of my most treasured photos.  I also have 2 containers full of sand and other treasures that we collected from the very beach the photo was taken. I wanted to find a way to create a memorial for my husband using these treasures and photograph. I know that I could put the photo in a frame and the treasures in a bowl. But when I saw this Decobloc at Hobby Lobby, I just knew it would be the perfect base to create a wonderful memorial to Delmar.

Memorial Block

Glass Memorial Block

Memorial Block

1 DecoBloc
1 Photograph
Various Beach Treasures and sand (or something meaningful to you)
Jolee’s Boutique Glitter Word Sticker
1 sheet of light green velum
Glue Dots

Memorial Block

Remove Label from Glass Block.

Trim photo down  down to fit inside the opening of the block.  I debated on putting it in a frame inside the block, but I decided that I wanted to plant it in the sand, literally! I wanted his feet to be in the sand.

Choose treasures to put inside the DecoBloc.

Consider the appropriate saying or poem to print onto the vellum. After deciding on the poem and trying a few different techniques I realized printing the poem out on velum would give me the effect I wanted to achieve.

Memorial Block
Using a plain piece of paper I traced the outside of the block, doing a little adjusting to get the exact size square I needed to place inside the block.

Memorial Block

I printed my poem onto the velum and cut the sheet using my template. Vellum is expensive, so using a template ensures it won’t go to waste. Use a corner rounder to round the edges for a nice clean look.

Memorial Block

Gently fold the vellum without creasing it and place it through the opening in the top, pushing it to the back of the block.

Memorial Block

Using a paper cup as a funnel, add the sand to create about a 2″ base . Then add the picture and treasures. I adjusted them to my liking. by keeping the taller pieces of driftwood off to the side so that the poem would stay visible.

Memorial Block

To finish the look, add a word or phrase to the exterior of the block, I used a glitter word sticker and simply adhered it.

Choose a coordinating ribbon, wrap the block and create a bow.

Memorial Block

I absolutely love how it turned out and it fits perfectly on our memorial table. The poem is very fitting as Delmar’s sweet memory will forever remain in our hearts.

This Valentine’s Day will be my first one alone in over 25 years, so this Memorial Block is my way of celebrating my love for Delmar.

Who would you like to create a memorial block for?

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February 13, 2015

Memorial Block

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  1. Rachel Ferrucci

    February 13th, 2015 at 12:47 am

    This is so beautiful! I would make one for my sister and grandmother. I would also love to do this for memories of my kids when they were little

  2. Dawn Pruitt

    March 12th, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks Rachel!


    February 13th, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Love it Dawn, so perfect and subtle. I am so sorry for your loss and cannot even fathom the pain. You are such a strong beautiful person and I give you many praises.

  4. Jamie

    February 14th, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Wow Dawn, that is absolutely beautiful!! What a great tribute to a great man!!

  5. Dawn Pruitt

    March 12th, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you Jamie! I miss him so much and being able to gaze at this, is truly wonderful!

  6. Rose Powell

    February 19th, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Dawn, this is the most beautiful, gorgeous, amazing and awesome memorial tribute to your wonderful and strong husband. I love all of the details and thought put into this project. It’s perfect!

  7. Dawn Pruitt

    March 12th, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Thank Rose! I am loving being able to look at this memorial daily and remember Delmar in one of his most peaceful places.

  8. Natalie

    February 19th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Wow, Dawn – this is truly gorgeous! Just like you and your big heart! xxx

  9. Dawn Pruitt

    March 12th, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you Natalie!