I made this as a birthday card for my sister, but it's also a great cheap way to display photos without having to buy a frame. It would also make a lovely personalised bauble or gift box.

Step 1: What you need

The first thing you need is six photographs to make your cube. They will end up cropped square in the middle, so to make sure I got the crop I wanted I used the attached mask in photoshop to make all my images fit the same square.

You will also need a knife, cutting board, double-sided tape (glue if you prefer), metal safety ruler (don't risk fingers!) and something to score with. I used a parchment tool, but an empty ballpoint pen or something similar would probably do. This is to make sure you get a good, clean fold in your prints.
Such a simple, fantastic idea.
Very nice, I make one for my wife...
Memories are almost a woman's best friend<br /> I bet she appreciated it a lot
If you are starting with digital photos you can go to <a rel="nofollow" href="http://easyphotocube.com">http://easyphotocube.com</a> and make a one-piece pattern to print with your photos already on it. Then all you have to do it cut it out, fold it and assemble it. You can add captions to each side too. It makes the assembly process easier.<br/>
If you want to take this idea one step further, see our step-by-step instructions on how to make a <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.chicaandjo.com/2008/05/08/magic-folding-wooden-photo-cubes/">folding magic photo cube.</a><br/>
I've found that a simple butter knife (using the dull back edge) is great for scoring too.
Forgot to add, VERY NICE would make good presents
could you laminate the photos first to keep them clean? or wouldn't it work!
nice job! +1
Where did you get that cutting mat, and how much??
You can get cheap ones from a £1/ 99p shop or $1/99c store (damn yanks). they are not as high quality but i got one and it's quite good
I got a pretty awesome one for Christmas from my favorite aunt. It's by fiskars, and came with a rotary cutter.
this is really great! a job well done :) i will definitely try it out thanks!
clever idea!I will make one.Thanks.
i've done this idea WITH a rubix cube... Cut out picturs into 9 little squares and put them on each face of the rubix cube... it turns out neat and it's a puzzle!
neat idea... i think i'll try that
how do you prepare the photo's to be in a 6x4 print and get it small like that? i've never developed picutres before =/<br/>
I've made one of these boxes in art class -- except with minor differences in the actual construction of the box. instead of cutting out each side individually and taping it back together, we used an exactoknife to cut out one template; then we hot-glued the side flaps together. the instructions for this project are particularly nice and the pictures were very clear. highly recommended.
I used a building block for mine which was roughly 4" cube, printed out the photos at a local target store and made a mini version of the original.
or you could hide stuff in it to prevent theves from stealing stuff (they dont usually go for pictures... i think)
Trust me, some people have weird fetishes.
A simple yet clean looking cube, I like it.
Wrapping the photos around a wooden cube would also allow you to make little cube puzzles if you cut the original photos into four or six pieces each. I had this sort of puzzle when I was a kid but haven't seen any when looking for my toys for my daughter. Too old fashhioned to be retro, maybe?
If the tape being the same size as the paper flap, I would lay the tape down before cutting the corners off of the flap. That way, when you cut the corners off, the tape is cut exactly to length. Otherwise, very nice!
Double sided sticky tape will eventually turn yellow and come unstuck. Use glue. Yep, it's a little harder to work with, but lasts much longer.
i made one right away and love it at just heavyweight paper strength. thanks!
Something so cheap as a wood cube or rubik's cube would give it strength. I'd be too worried about the above getting smashed or something.
Very nice detailed explanation.
its make it seem higher quality if you made it around a wooden cube or something to give it some weight .

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