from Better Homes & Gardens*

As pretty as a wrapped gift and as functional as a photo album, this covered box unfolds to reveal a collection of precious snapshots.


  • Utility knife; 4-inch-cube box with lid
  • Paper to cover box; ruler; thick white crafts glue
  • Large needle; piece of yarn; large button
  • Black adhesive photo corners
  • Tube-style glitter paint
  • Large sheet of art paper in a color to complement box color


1

Use a utility knife to cut down through all four corners of the box so it lies flat.

2

To cover each of the four sides, cut four pieces of paper each 1 inch larger in width and length than side of box. Center and glue paper to front of each side, folding excess paper to inside. Cut a piece of paper to fit the bottom of box and glue in place.

3

Calculate width and height of lid sides plus an additional 1/2inch all around. Cut paper to this size. Center and glue paper to lid, folding paper over sides and around to inside edge. Cut a slit at each corner to ease the folding of the paper.

4

With a large needle punch two holes in center of lid top 5/8inch apart. Thread yarn through holes, slip button onto yarn, tie, and clip yarn.

5

Use adhesive photo corners and glitter paint to decorate sides of lid and corners of lid top. Let dry.

6

Cut four 37/8151/2-inch strips from art paper. Accordion-fold strips into 37/8-inch squares. Trim excess paper at ends.

7

Glue one end of each strip to an inside panel of box. Let glue dry. Affix photo corners and photos on both sides of paper strips. If desired, secure a photo in the bottom of the box using photo corners.

*Reprinted from book Better Homes and Gardens Easy Crafts to Make Together ©Copyright Meredith Corporation 2006. All rights reserved.