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Nov 26, 2008

Christmas Cube

top view

corner view:

corner view

out of the cube:

out of the cube:

out of the cube:

out of the cube:
out of the cube:

Acrylic photo cube:

the photo cube out of the packaging:
the 2 pieces slide together to form the cube

I bought a bunch of photo cubes at a dollar tree a couple years ago because a friend had made me a nice gift with one and I loved the idea. Well... of course they sat in my "alterables" area for a LONG time and went unused. While I was in Austin a couple months ago, I went to Archivers and there was a photo cube there but inside they did not use a cube of paper, instead it was an X of paper. I said out loud, "mental note, paper in an X in the photo cubes", and went on shopping.
I decided to try out the idea and use one of the many photo cubes I had sitting in my stamp room. It was a comedy of errors as far as configuring the correct dimensions to use, but I finally got it just the way I wanted it and this is what I came up with. :)

Here are the directions that I typed up for a class I taught in October. We made this exact photo cube and it was a LOT of fun!

Christmas Cube
By Jody Morrow

Cutting Your Paper In Preparation:
  • 4 pieces of card stock: 4 ¾ X 3 ¼ scored at 2 3/8 (I used dark green)
  • 2 pieces of card stock: 3 ¼ X 3 ¼ (I used dark green)
  • 8 pieces of patterned paper: 2 ¼ X 3 1/8 (I used 4 each of 2 designs)
  • 8 pieces of solid patterned paper: 2 X 2
  • 4 pieces of patterned paper: 3 1/8 X 3 1/8 (I used 2 each of 2 designs)
  • 6 snowflakes punched from white solid patterned paper


  • Stamp and color images, then embellish with glitter
  • Trim around images with paper cutter and mat using a piece of card stock (brown) that is 1/8 inch larger on each side. (If your image is 1 X 2, your mat will be 1 1/8 X 2 1/8)
  • Adhere the 8 pieces of patterned paper to the 4 pieces of scored card stock
  • Build each page as shown in pictures
  • Adhere the edges of the scored card stock together to form an X
  • Insert pieces in cube and close (top and bottom piece are simply laid in cube)

Alternate cube ideas

  • Cover pages with pictures
  • Use ONLY pictures to fill
  • Use friendship sentiments
  • Make it more dimensional inside like a shadow box

Sources for photo cubes:

In-store: Walmart $3 (others have said they were priced at $2.50 at their Walmart)
Online: ($3.95 each plus applicable shipping, tax etc)

Stamps: All Amuse
Ink: Palette Burnt Umber
Paper: Dark Green, White, Wassail Basic Grey 6 X 6 paper pad
Accessories: Photo cube, snowflake punch, copper brads, red line tape, red line dimensional boosters, oval punches, glitter, quickie glue pen, puffy paint, Copic markers, mini glue dots, mono adhesive, ½ inch circle punch, paper piercer and piercing mat
If you make one, please link back here so I can check out your creation. :)
Have a wonderful day!


  1. Great idea and gorgeous cube.
    x Natasha x

  2. This is JUST adorable -- what a FUN idea and GREAT pics to follow along!!! TFS!!!

  3. I LOVE this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing this project! I never wanted those photo cubes until now!

  4. Hi Jody! What a fantabulous idea!! Note to self: run, don't walk, to the nearest WalMart for a photo cube...or 10!!
    Anne Marie

  5. Absolutely fabulous! Great job...will need to try one of these soon!

  6. Holy Dina! This is awesome Jody! Another fab project of yours to add to my list of MUST
    Thanks for always sharing your ideas and instructions!!!
    Hope you have a wonderful American Thanksgiving tomorrow!!

  7. Jodi that is such an awesome photo cube idea!!! I am going to have to try that one. Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Day tomorrow.

    Gail :-)

  8. Oh Wow!!! This is a great idea. I have been racking my brain of what to do for my MIL for Christmas. This would be good to do a simple scrappage of my boys for her to put on her desk at work. I am going to have to run this by the hubby to see if he likes the idea as well (it is his mother after all hehehe) TFS!!!

  9. This is completely awesome Jody!! I love it!!

  10. awesome! I love how you made that cube! so inexpensive and it's a great gift! I love what you did! thanks for sharing your directions! I may just have to try this when I have more time! happy thanksgiving!

  11. Fabulous idea! Looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing, what a great little gift idea.

  12. oh my!! i am so excited to see this project! i live in germany and i found some of these phot cubes---exact same people on the inserts and everything--how funny is that! at my local kaufland grocery store in the "1 Euro" bin! i like you, bought a bunch and have them sitting in my alterable area too!! now, i'm off to make some fun christmas cubes! thanks so much for sharing the directions!

  13. Wow! Jody all I can say is WOW!

  14. Oh wow, what an AWESOME idea. Love it, Jody!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Jody,

    This turned out great. The Dollar Tree here didn't have them the last time I went, but I do still have them on my list for


  16. I hadn't seen those before, that is too cool....thank you for figuring out all the dimensions and sharing them with us :)

  17. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  18. .........THUD!!!

  19. Super cute idea! Thanks for sharing the dimensions! You rock!

  20. So way cool and creative!! Love it!!

  21. Very cute! Thanks for sharing!

  22. this is so sweet. I love the basic grey paper. You did a fabulous job on this project. thanks for sharing.

  23. Oh my gosh, this is so fabulous Jody, I saw it on Julie's site and clicked on the link, so glad I did! As soon as I get back from Chicago, I've got to do one of these. Thank you for the tutorial. This project is AWESOME!!

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  25. I am so glad I ran across this today. I just altered one of these not a week ago. I tried to make my own cube by using the insert as a pattern and failed miserably. (I guess my ruler and I are not friends) Your cube is so much cuter and more functional, I think this form gives you so much more alterable space. Thank you for including the pattern directions, when I saw the photos at the beggining of the post I figured I was going to have to e-mail you and beg you to give a random stranger the directions.

    Anyway, it is beautiful - thanks again.

    Cyndie Hart

  26. Just beautiful, Jody! Great job!

  27. I am posting again to let you know that I finally made a cube with your instructions. I posted some photos on my blog and linked it back to your post. I hope you have a chance to take a look. Thanks again for the instructions.

  28. Sorry, for the double comment - I meant to leave a link to my blog.


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