fabric covered photo box tutorial

Just after the holiday every year I run into a problem. I just don’t have the heart to throw away all the beautiful Christmas pictures that our family and friends have sent us. They usually end up in a drawer in my dining room hutch. Well that drawer is starting to overflow! Not to mention the random photos I have of my kids that someone has given me. I myself am a firm believer in the printed photo book, no more photo albums in this house.

While shopping at Target the other day I came across a photo box in the dollar section. I of course grabbed it as the wheels starting turning. Fabric and a glue gun and a box equals a happy me! 

Here is what you’ll need to make your own.

photo box
glue gun & glue sticks

Start by making sure you have enough fabric to cover the bottom of the box and cut the outline. I cut in at all four corners to get crisp folds. Turn the box upside down and add glue to the bottom. Place the box on the fabric and press down.

Continue by adding glue to each side, one by one. Fold in at the corners just like you are wrapping a present.

Once you are done with the bottom of the box begin doing the same to the top. Keep the fabric as trim as possible so the top fits over the box.

This can be used for so many different things. Kitchen tools, remote controls, charger cords, random miscellaneous anything! I’m happy, my glue gun was used and my picture aren’t hidden away in a drawer anymore. Win win all around!


  1. says

    Another good idea! I have so many loose photos and photocards…I was dreading trying to put them all in albums because of their unique shapes and sizes…a photo box is a much better idea, and prettier too!

  2. says

    Ok, not only is this a great idea but you flawlessly executed it as well. So, now in addition to drooling over your chic and hip blog banner (did you design that, I can only assume you did), I am admiring some of your great ideas. Happy I came across your blog via How To Nest For Less blog hop. I am your newest follower. I’d love for you to stop over and follow me back.

    amy @ whilewearingheels.blogspot.com

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