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Remember the plastic photo cubes that were popular in the 80's? This project is inspired by those! It would be a perfect gift for any occasion too! Bring a smile to your loved ones face and invoke some happy memories with the photos that you choose for your project. Let's get started!


Step 1 Cut two 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares from Kraft card and two  8 2/16" x 4 1/2" pieces. Also cut from pink paper from the paper pad four 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" pieces and one 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece.

Step 2 Score the two square pieces of Kraft card at 1" on all four sides.

Step 3 Cut into the scored corners to create tabs.

Step 4 Glue the sides together to form a box base for both square pieces of card. These pieces will form the top and base of the photo box.

Step 5 Score both pieces of 8 2/16" x 4 1/2" card at 1" and 4 1/2" and fold along the scores lines.

Step 6 Glue the 1" section of the card and one side to the top and bottom pieces.

Step 7 Take the other piece of card and repeat adhering the 1" section and one side to the top and bottom of the box. Adhere them so they are opposite the other piece already adhered.

Step 8 Adhere both remaining sides to the box.

Step 9 Using Brilliance Crimson Copper ink, ink the edges of all of the pink pieces of paper and distress the edges.

Step 10 Using ColorBox Butter, ink all the edges of the photo box.

Step 11 Adhere the papers to the photo box.

Step 12 Die cut four Cut Mat Create 1A dies in dark pink paper from the paper pad. Die cut four photos with the Cut Mat Create 1B dies and mat and layer with 3D foam pads onto the dark pink paper.

Step 13 Using 3D foam pads adhere the photos to the sides of the photo box. Cut a square in the dark pink paper using the Cut Mat Create 2A dies and adhere to the top of the photo box with 3D foam pads.

Decorate each of the sides and top of the photo box with flowers and leaves. I used the Botanical Rose for mine, watch the Favorite Flower Shaping Techniques video to see how to make them too. I also cut a sentiment from the paper pad for on top of the box too.

by design team member Liz Gaze, social media manager and creator of beautiful cards, wife and mom


Wildwood Cottage Paper Collection

Stack and Store Daubers-Pack of 30

ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad - Butter

ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad - Berrylicious

ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad - Harvest

Memento Dye Ink Pad - Bamboo Leaves

Brilliance Ink - Pearlescent Crimson Copper

Designer Dries Clear Adhesive Refill

Double Dots 100pc. -3D Foam Circles

Cut Mat Create 1A Die

Cut Mat Create 1B Die

Cut Mat Create 2A Die

Cut Mat Create 2B Die

Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set

Botanical Wings Die

Classic Rose Vines Cling Stamp Set

Classic Rose Vines Die

Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board

Other supplies Kraft card, distress tool, Photos


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Wowser, what a great idea! I've got to make one for my mom!
Saturday 3rd of June 2017 04:49 AM
wowwww! this is a great project! thank you for the pictures showing step by step what to do!
Saturday 3rd of June 2017 09:43 AM
Love this project. Looks big enough to put polaroid instax mini photos on it for Dads day.
Saturday 3rd of June 2017 10:44 AM

A great idea!
Tuesday 6th of June 2017 04:19 AM
Love this Liz! Great tutorial!
Saturday 3rd of June 2017 10:58 AM
Love it, so cute! Gotta try making one. Thanks for sharing.
Saturday 3rd of June 2017 11:06 AM
Stunning Liz love the design and the photo's are gorgeous. Hugs Julie xxx
Saturday 3rd of June 2017 03:55 PM
This box is Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Saturday 3rd of June 2017 04:35 PM
Sooo beautiful! What a creative and talented artist she is.
Saturday 3rd of June 2017 06:48 PM
This photo box tutorial shares a great idea. I can see it being adapted in so many ways as a gift of special memories to family and friends.
Saturday 3rd of June 2017 08:01 PM
Awesome hope it stays around for a while.
Saturday 3rd of June 2017 08:22 PM
Very nice piece of work Liz , you explain very good and is easy to follow you, congratulati9ns and keep up the good work, thanks for sharing, I think everything is beautiful using Heartfelt products, I love them as well
Saturday 3rd of June 2017 11:58 PM
Absolutely beautiful Liz. I'd love to give this photo cube a try
Sunday 4th of June 2017 04:08 PM
Very pretty and creative
Sunday 4th of June 2017 06:43 PM
Sunday 4th of June 2017 09:49 PM
Oh my that is just lovely!!
Sunday 4th of June 2017 10:06 PM
This is awesome Liz, really beautiful and a great giftidea too for some grandpatents maybe. Thanks sooo much for the easy to follow tut here too.
Monday 5th of June 2017 05:27 AM
Congratulations!!! This is wonderfull! Thanks a lot to share!!!
Tuesday 6th of June 2017 03:36 PM
Thanks for a great tutorial. After seeing your photo cube, I decided to make one for my friend as a gift. I used the Classic Petunia collection and made a small addition to your instructions. I added four wooden beads on the bottom and raised the cube slightly so that the leaves could fall below the bottom edge.
Tuesday 6th of June 2017 05:49 PM
This is such a pretty and delightful project. Great share, great directions...Thanks
Wednesday 7th of June 2017 12:38 PM
beautiful, going to try to make one for my grand daughter.
Thursday 8th of June 2017 03:29 PM