As promised here is one of the Christmas gifts that I made this year. These are photo cubes that I first found at Archiver's and then at Wal-Mart. They are exactly the same. I bought them a LONG time ago (ok really it was like 6 months) because I thought they would be so fun to make. Did I do them right away? Nooooo, but that's ok cause they made GREAT Christmas gifts. One of my goals for 2009 is to use the stuff I actually buy! I have two plastic tubs full of items I want to make/alter - I'm going to start using them!
This is the top of the photo cube. I liked how you can put objects in the cube. I did have to put a little glue (I used Zip Dry since it dries clear) along the bottom two ledges so it would stay together. The reason I'm pretty sure I had to do this was because I decorated the top of the cube...so you may not need to do this depending on how you decorate yours.
The next photos are of the sides of the cube. I made an X with cardstock and decorated the sides. So instead of 4 large pictures I could use 8 wallet size photos.
I put cardstock on the bottom of the cube so I could put my stickers/rub-ons on it. On one of the cubes that I made I actually just put the rub-ons on the cube itself. I did find that you had to be careful of what your colors were. If the photo was dark it was sometimes hard to see the rub-ons. If you have a ton of white rub-ons/stickers then you shouldn't have an issue.
The project went really fast once I had the dimensions all figured out. I ordered wallet prints from Shutterfly (they come 4 to a sheet) so I could make them for family and one for me! To make it easy for you to create your own, I've included the instructions on how I made mine.
You'll need 4 pieces of cardstock that are 4 11/16 x 3 5/16 and score them between 2 5/16 & 2 6/16. The top & bottom pieces of cardstock are 3 5/16 x 3 5/16. For each side, you can photos up to size 2 3/16 x 3 3/16. Sometimes I had that be my cardstock and had my photo be 2 x 3 so I had a nice mat. I decorated each "page" before adhering them all together. When you are finished decorating, just adhere each "page" together so you end up with an X. You then put the X on top of the bottom cardstock. If you are going to decorate the bottom cardstock, I put my X in there, used a pencil to mark the triangle that would be open (see the Abby side or the Soccer Star side above). I adhered my rub-ons/stickers, erased the pencil mark and then put the bottom cardstock in the cube. Once you are done, put the top cardstock on top of the X and put the cube together. As I mentioned before, you may need to put a little glue on the bottom edges. I used Zip Dry on mine and then let it sit overnight with a heavy book on top of it.
That's it! Got questions? Just ask! As always, I'd love to hear what you think! Thanks for looking!