How to Make a Pop-Up Cardboard Photo Box for Your Special
Life without images is unthinkable. Images have been around for the past 150 years. It has now reached a point where you can quickly take and print photos. This helps you to capture precious moments with your friends, relatives, and loved ones. Photo frames are often used to place photos inside them. Another new idea is Pop Up Display Boxes. You can put several photos inside it. It comes attractively to give a beautiful impression. Most interestingly you can do it yourself. You do not need to buy anything in the market instead use old cardboard boxes or custom boxes that are available with you. It can be a beautiful handicraft made with cardboard packages. You can give it your special gift at any time like birthday, wedding, anniversary or valentines, etc.
• Printable PDF template
• 4 12×12 cardboard sheets
• Adhesive: Hot glue or dual tape
• 4 pieces of paper (optional)
• Colored sheets of paper
• Stickers, ribbons, and other decorative (decorative)
Step 1: Print Your Pop-up Photo Box Template
The first step of the process is to find the right pop-up image box template. If you search online you will find many options. Download the one that corresponds with the theme of the event. For example, if you want to customize your special pop-up photo box, find one with fun colors and attractive patterns. The template will include three layers of slightly different sizes. One is a large box; the others will be the lid and the outer layer. All of these pieces are weighed in advance. So just download the template, print it, and cut it out. It is recommended to print the template directly on the cardstock. You can get it by cutting custom cardboard boxes. If you are short on supplies, visit your nearest grocery store. You will get several free cardboard boxes for free.
Step 2: Fold the Pop-up Box
The next step is to carefully wrap the edges of each square. Folding is made easier by highlighting it by changing the color of all the squares. Use a ruler or a bone folder to make straight and sharp lines. Keeping everything straight is important for this project.
Step 3: Glue the Layers Together
Put all the pieces of your pop-up photo box together. Start with layer 3 at the bottom and place layer 2 at the top. Use strong glue to fix the back of the white square in the middle of layer 2 with layer 3. It is much easier than it sounds. Repeat the step with step 1 and fix it in step 2. Make sure they are properly aligned from the center. Fold all sides inside.
Step 4: Glue the Outside Layer with the Pop-up Box
To make your box colorful inside and out, different layers are created. Cardboard boxes are cut in such a way that they make a combination of one layer over another. Apply adhesive behind the outer layer. Carefully press the outer layer behind the lower layer of the box. This will give a two-dimensional look to layer 3. The box will create a beautiful pattern when closed. If you are using colored paper on both sides, skip this step.
Step 5: Make the Lid of the Box
The next step is to make a lid for your box so you can close it. Start by wrapping lines that are separated by a different color/pattern. Put each adhesive aside. Hold it for a few seconds and let it dry. Here is the most complicated part. Take a pink corner square. Squeeze to bring the patterned sides together. Let the adhesive press the two pink sides together. This will turn the square into a triangle. Cover it with a piece of paper until the adhesive is completely dry. Repeat the process with the other three squares of pink corners. Now fold the sides of the box in the middle and place the lid on top. It will hold the box together. As you remove the lid, a box will appear. Watch the following tutorial video step by step illustration:
Step 6: Personalize your Photo Pop-up Box
When your box is finished, it is time to make it your own. The thing people love about this box is that it is not like the one brought to the store where you can write one message. This unique handicraft made of cardboard packs has twenty different flaps. You can customize it with photos, reminders, drawings, or personal messages. To make it special to your loved one, add something attractive. Use ribbons, bows, beads, and other embellishments to decorate their outer layer. Print several memorable photos. Attach pictures and write personalized messages with them. The love note gives a cohesive look. So the possibilities are endless depending on your ingenuity. You can make these Custom Boxes boxes at different times to put a big smile on the face of the recipient.