I’ve got a special treat for you today! My friend Leanne Lee, aka Diva of DIY, is sharing with you this super cute Mother’s Day Photo Box. This is a great gift that can help Mom treasure what is near and dear to her heart <3. I’m sure she’ll be pleasantly surprised to receive this Mother’s Day gift made by the ones she loves most!
- A small box (I featured a couple of options that I am using. Notice…I like vintage boxes but you can purchase an unfinished wood box from Michael’s craft store for a couple of dollars.
- Scissors or a paper cutter
- Double-stick tape, glue dots or my favorite…Aleene’s Tape Gun
- Assorted Card stock
- Assorted embellishments such as: stickers, buttons, felt, etc…
- Family photos (I printed mine from my computer on regular printer paper)
- Glue gun (optional)
Begin by taking the measurements of the opening of the box you are using. You will want to take a measurement of the height and the width. Once you have the measurements, subtract 1/4″ from each direction.
For example: If the box opening is 5″ wide x 3″ deep, you would subtract 1/4″ from each direction so your new measurement will be 4 3/4″ wide x 2 3/4″ deep. I will use this measurement for the rest of this tutorial. This will be the size you cut your paper.
Begin by taking a full sheet of card stock and, using your scissors or paper cutter, cut strips equal to the new width measurement you figured. For this example, the width measure is 4 3/4″.
Using your double stick tape or Aleene’s tape gun, attach your card stock strips lengthwise.
The more strips you cut and attach, the longer your photo dispay will be.
Once you have your card stock strips attached, its time to add the folds. Take your other measurement, in this case, it’s 2 3/4″ and mark your paper strip every 2 3/4 inches. Starting at one end, start folding at each tack mark, alternating the direction of the fold to create an accordion-fold.
Then it’s time to add your own personality to your Mother’s Day photo box. I cut a smaller piece of card stock in a contrasting color to create a “matte” effect. I chose to include photos on every other fold. On the other sections, I added “family” stickers and colorful hearts (that I cut from extra card-stock).
Attach the bottom fold to the base of the box. I used a glue gun to ensure it would be super-secure.
And for the cherry-on-top, I glued a couple of buttons to the top fold to make it easy to lift up out of the box.
Last but certainly not least, I glued turquoise felt to the top and bottom of my box to finish it off.
I also encourage you to head over to DivaofDIY.com for more inspirational Mother’s Day Gifts, tips on upcycling and turning your home into a haven. You can also follow the Diva of DIY on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook.