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Project Time:2 hours

When it comes to mementos and handmade gifts, there’s nothing better than photographs, especially photos of fun moments in a person’s life. Making a photo cube is easy and they make wonderful and heartfelt gifts that your recipient will cherish!

This project can be done with photos printed on regular paper or photo paper. I prefer photo paper because it’s sturdier and you won’t experience the air bubble issue that can happen with regular paper.


  • 6 photos of your choice (I used HP Advanced Photo Paper)
  • 4-inch solid wood block
  • Black acrylic craft paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam applicator
  • Paintbrush


  1. Since the block is 4-inches on each side, you will want to crop your photos in photo editing software to be square. When printing your photos, use 4×6 photo paper and set the printer to print the photo with borders. This will allow the actual surface of the photos (without the border) to be slightly smaller than the area on the block.
  2. To prepare your block first paint the surface with black paint and allow it to dry completely. One coat of paint is sufficient for this project

    DIY Photo Cubes

  3. While the paint is drying, print off your photos. As you can see in this screenshot, within the print dialog box I have chosen 4×6. Note that there is an option for borderless, but this will print your photo exactly 4-inches wide and you need it to be a little smaller than that.

    DIY Photo Cubes

  4. Trim all of the white from your photos. A paper cutter is the best option for this task, but you can use scissors if you like.

    DIY Photo Cubes

  5. Prepare the painted surface of the block by painting it with a coat of Mod Podge.

    DIY Photo Cubes

  6. Let the Mod Podge sit for just a few minutes to get tacky. Press the photo to the tacky surface and smooth with your fingers.

    DIY Photo Cubes

  7. Continue this process until fives sides are covered. Let those fives sides dry before turning over and adding the final photo to the bottom of the cube.
  8. When all sides are completely dry, use a piece of sandpaper to rough up the edges and corners, removing the paint and exposing the wood below.

    DIY Photo Cubes

  9. Add a coat of Mod Podge over the photo. If you see stark streaky lines like in the photo below, then your coat is too thin.

    DIY Photo Cubes

  10. The Mod Podge will go on white but will dry clear. It’s best to apply Mod Podge to one side at a time and allow it to dry for several hours before moving to the next side. However if you have decoupaging experience and feel comfortable working with more than one side at a time, go for it!

    DIY Photo Cubes

These photo cubes make great gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduation and any other special occasion that celebrates life!

DIY Photo Cubes

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Amanda Formaro

Amanda Formaro is a well-known craft designer and blogger with over 20 years in the craft industry. Learn More

Comments 1

  1. Thank you for the tutorial!! Can I get pictures developed or would you recommend printing them myself??

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