I love this homemade photo cube gift idea so much, I’ve made it multiple times. It’s a nice gift for grandparents or for Dad’s desk at work. However, when you’re done I’m guessing you’ll want to keep it for yourself!
To start, you’ll need four unfinished 2″ wooden blocks. I found mine at Michaels. The wooden blocks run about $.99 each, but sometimes you can find them on sale for even less.
Next, select six photos (this project is a great way to use up photos you never put in a frame or album). If you’re using 2″blocks, start by cropping each photo in a 4×4 square. Then, cut the photo into fourths by cutting it in half width-wise and length-wise. Each 2″ photo piece will go on a separate block.
Use Modge-Podge to adhere the photo pieces to each of the four blocks. Rotate each block one turn to the right and repeat the process with the other five photos. You’ll need to allow plenty of drying time after the project is finished (it can take 2-3 days for them to completely dry).
Variation: Instead of doing a “puzzle” type block pattern as described here, you can use larger blocks and adhere single uncut photos on each side. Scrapbook paper squares can be used on the blocks to coordinate with anyone’s decor or theme. Add ribbons or other embellishments as desired.
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It is a marvelous idea! I need to make two for my nephews. Thanks.
Great frugal idea! Can I suggest — if you have a lumberyard near you, I imagine they could cut the wood cubes for you from scrap lumber for even less than $1 apiece!
keri perez says
Can I say these make wonderful ornaments….I’m a photographer and making them for some clients!