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Make a Hanging Photo Cube for Christmas Decoration

Updated on October 5, 2014
Two hanging photo-cubes decorated for Christmas
Two hanging photo-cubes decorated for Christmas | Source

A cute 3-D ball becomes a pop-up photo cube -- or perhaps a Holiday ornament

Make this photo cube as an ornament for Christmas or the winter holiday. This adult craft project will appeal to scrapbookers and paper crafters. Instructions and video demonstration are shown.

How about making a unique photo cube from a 3-D ball? How cool would this be for a gift for the proud grandparents, or for a Christmas or Holiday gift, or even as your own brag "book" for the office? What makes it even cuter is that this ball flattens out so you can mail it in an envelope. It "pops up" when opened.

This lens shows you exactly how to make the 3-D ball and shows you the tools and supplies you will need.

The lens also describes how to modify your digital photographs in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements so you can print them out already shaped for the project. Of course, if you prefer, you can cut pieces out of your prints and use that instead.

Or, if you prefer, you can make the 3-D ball and decorate it in any style you choose -- perhaps as a gift for teacher or to hang from your tree.

Sizzix Bigz XL BIGkick/Big Shot Die, Ball 3-D Pop-Up
Sizzix Bigz XL BIGkick/Big Shot Die, Ball 3-D Pop-Up

If you have a good eye for this kind of thing, you might be able to draw your own pattern for this project. The rest of us will need to use this wonderful 3D Ball Biggz die. It's so easy to use, especially when you follow along with my video demonstration. And -- you can make so many things with this die. As I show here, you can make a photo cube or a decorated pop-up ball that can be flattened and mailed. You can also attach your ball to a piece of card stock or chip board and use it as a "spinner." How stinking cute is that?

Pop-up Ball as Holiday Ornament
Pop-up Ball as Holiday Ornament | Source

Making a Pop-Up- Ball Holiday Ornament

For Christmas or the Holiday Season

This pop-up ball is made with the same die, but this time, instead of using photos to form a photo-cube, I decorated the ball with snowflakes, glitter and a product called a "snow writer."

You can use use the pop-up die in so many ways. I have seen it used to put up inside a card as an invitation to a pool party. Makes a great beach ball, don't you think?

Decorate it with artistic collages for a a striking, heritage effect. Decorate with Disney characters and make a charming mobile for a child's bedroom. Cover it with your vacation photos and hang it in your office. Cover it with a combination of photos and pet related embellishments and give it to your veterinarian as a thank you or for a Holiday greeting.

Decorate it with wild, neon colors and make a striking decoration for a teen's party. Cover it with Elvis memorabilia for a nostalgia party. Decorate it appropriately and give it to a teacher for a gift.

You can also use an eyelet to attach this ball to a sheet of card stock or chipboard and it becomes a spinner.

Your only limit is your imagination.

Video Demonstration of the 3D Ball Photo Cube - Step by Step Instructions

Photo Cube
Photo Cube

How to Shape and Resize Your Photos for the Photo Cube

Digital Editing in Photoshop CS or Photoshop Elements

You could always cut your prints into appropriate shapes to fit in the photo cube, but there are some disadvantages to doing it that way. You will probably not have prints that are the right size or that work well with these shapes. A better way is to modify your images digitally, using a photo editing software program such as Photoshop CS or Photoshop Elements. You can then print your photos or any part of your photo -- in the exact shape and size to fit the little sections on the photo cube. Note that the upper and bottom shapes are reversed.

If you would like step by step directions for modifying your photos in Photoshp CS or Elements, please refer to the instructions at this link: Digital Image Editing to Fit the Photo Cube.

Video Demonstration of the Sizzix Big Shot

Never used a Sizzix Big Shot before? (It sometimes goes by the name of Sizzix Bigkick when its sold in Walmart, Michaels and possibly other department stores). If you've never used the Big Shot, I urge you to view this video that I made. It shows you how to use the Big Shot in several ways, and these ways are by no means all the product can do. I love the Big Shot. It's one of my favorite tools and I can't say enough good things about it.

3 Pop-Up Balls with Celtic Design
3 Pop-Up Balls with Celtic Design | Source

Other Designs Using the Same 3-D Ball

Obviously, you do not need to limit your 3-D ball decorating to Christmas or winter holiday themes.

You can use it for any purpose you desire.

Since the ball flattens out to fit in an envelope, you could even use it for special invitations or messages.

In the photo to the right, I have decorated the balls with a Celtic theme for St. Patrick's Day.

© 2009 June Campbell

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      6 years ago

      Great lens! I am always looking for new projects to do with paper and photos!

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @piedromolinero: Thank you! I will take a look at your Christmas Decorations lens and probably feature it here as well.

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      8 years ago

      These photo cubes are a great idea and very well explained how to do them. I featured the lens in my Christmas Decorations lens. Thumbs up.


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