Picture of photo cube - frameless, cheap and easy!
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

Picture of 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.
guyzo355 years ago
Such a simple, fantastic idea.
Byr0n_x6 years ago
Very nice, I make one for my wife...
FUZ3TTE Byr0n_x5 years ago
Memories are almost a woman's best friend
I bet she appreciated it a lot
flyhull6 years ago
If you are starting with digital photos you can go to http://easyphotocube.com 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.
chicaandjo7 years ago
If you want to take this idea one step further, see our step-by-step instructions on how to make a folding magic photo cube.
baconrobots7 years ago
I've found that a simple butter knife (using the dull back edge) is great for scoring too.
rusticgal7 years ago
Forgot to add, VERY NICE would make good presents
rusticgal7 years ago
could you laminate the photos first to keep them clean? or wouldn't it work!
ultrauber7 years ago
nice job! +1
Doctor What7 years ago
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.
hierarchy7 years ago
this is really great! a job well done :) i will definitely try it out thanks!
clever idea!I will make one.Thanks.
hethlee8 years ago
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!
Jaiden hethlee7 years ago
neat idea... i think i'll try that
SyNiKaLL7 years ago
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 =/
mich1lai7 years ago
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.
Punkguyta8 years ago
A simple yet clean looking cube, I like it.
Ottawone8 years ago
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?
mrmath8 years ago
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!
meatchris8 years ago
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.
hellion78 years ago
i made one right away and love it at just heavyweight paper strength. thanks!
radioeyes9 years ago
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.
implaxis9 years ago
Very nice detailed explanation.
austin9 years ago
its make it seem higher quality if you made it around a wooden cube or something to give it some weight .