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Project

Accordion Gallery

These frameless photographs are mounted on sturdy art boards and linked by small hinges for an accordion structure. Color and black-and-white snapshots, portraits, and still lifes add to the effect.

Materials

  • Small craft brushes
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Precut 5 3/4-by-7 3/4-inch art boards
  • Decoupage glue
  • Ruler and pencil
  • T pin
  • Screwdriver
  • Small hinges and screws

Steps

  1. Step 1

    On a computer, resize photographs to 5 3/4 by 7 3/4 inches, and print them.

  2. Step 2

    Using a small craft brush and the acrylic paint, paint the edges of each board. Let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Position one picture on one face of each board. Using another small  craft brush, apply decoupage glue to back of each photograph. Attach to a  board; let dry. Glue images to reverse sides of boards if desired.

  4. Step 4

    Decide upon an order for the photos. Use pencil to mark the placement  of the hinges. (Ours were 1 3/4 inches from the top and the bottom of  each board and aligned with one edge).

  5. Step 5

    With the T pin, bore small holes through the boards where screws will go (this will make it easier to insert the screws). Using a screwdriver, attach the hinges,  and link the boards to one another.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, January 2008

Reviews (34)

  • billtest2012new 16 May, 2012

    Thanks for the tips.

  • chellewarren 22 Aug, 2010

    I do love this idea. I also like how some one mentioned using acrylic frames so you can switch out the images, another person pointed out using fabric strips instead of hinges so you can fold the photos either way. But I have to wonder if anyone has considered ordering photos from a "pro" lab that are already mounted. This would eliminate the need for finding the art board or the Decoupage glue. You can get images mounted in diff thicknesses at Mpix.com

  • heatherreese 1 Dec, 2009

    Did you print these on regular paper or photo paper?

  • SandyFeet 10 Feb, 2009

    I did this project and love it! I used foam board that I cut to the correct side. I couldn't find the correct side art board.

  • flipperclean 1 Feb, 2009

    You can make your own boards by using a few layers of cardboard together. I have left over from notebooks I used.

  • Ochatori 29 Jan, 2009

    Art boards are found at Michaels or Aaron brothers if you have those stores in your area

  • kerbertx 26 Jan, 2009

    What is and where can I buy an art board?

  • dusty2 25 Jan, 2009

    I made many of the accordion photos when Martha originally published the idea. I will find the old article

  • PhotoGal 25 Jan, 2009

    MARTHA, CAN YOU TELL ALL OF US WHEN OR IF YOU WILL BE CHANGING TO A DIFFERENT FORMAT WHERE WE CAN VISUALLY SEE THE PROJECTS UP CLOSE, OR SHOULD WE JUST BUY YOUR MAGAZINES....ARE ALL OF THESE PROJECTS IN YOUR MAGAZINES? BY THE WAY, THANK YOU FOR HAVING THIS WEBSITE, I LOVE IT, EVEN IF I CAN'T SEE THE PICTURES VERY WELL.
    ps, please let all of us know if you intend to do something about it. I see the same complaints over

  • dusty2 24 Jan, 2009

    I made many of the accordion photos when Martha originally published the idea. I will find the old article

  • PamBivens 24 Jan, 2009

    Use something less expensive for the backing -- maybe even corrugated cardboard, dressed up by covering with scrapbook paper, or decoupaging the back and edges of the "boards" before applying the pictures. Hinges could be made with a strip of 1 inch wide ribbon - lay two completed pictures side by side, carefully paint a strip of glue along the two touching sides (on the back only), then place the strip of ribbon on the glue, putting a flat weight, perhaps a book, on it while the glue sets

  • MountainberryButterfly 24 Jan, 2009

    1Toffy... Great idea. I was trying to figure out how to do this less expensively as well. I love Martha's ideas, but unfortunately I don't have her budget.

  • sharon12372 24 Jan, 2009

    I can't see the projact.

  • sharon12372 24 Jan, 2009

    I agree. You can't see the project.

  • DianaCatlover 24 Jan, 2009

    I agree that this project in the photo is too small and I can't see any details.Please put step by step pictures to help readers. That would make it easier to copy.
    Thanks :) Diana W.

  • quiltnana 24 Jan, 2009

    I haven't made many of the projects because the photo's are terrible! I like to see what it it is I'm making!

  • collegechick55 24 Jan, 2009

    This would work with plastic photo holders as well- then you could interchange the pictures - use hot glue or epoxy for the hinges

  • sandrahenson 24 Jan, 2009

    WHEN will this site give us a close-up or magnifying option so that we can actually see the project details? I find it frustrating when I can't see the pictures - I'm a visual learner and can't always picture things based on written directions.

  • 1Toffy 24 Jan, 2009

    Just make 2 or 3 at a time so the finished product will appear as one accordian fold.

  • 1Toffy 24 Jan, 2009

    Okay, Elmers glue can work just fine. And just cut up a carboard box for the frames. Cover the backs in decoator fabric or a cotton of choice. Glue on the picture. I would suggest in place of hinges use the fabric connected in a long strip and let there be about 3/8ths of an inch between the pics so it will fold. Lay it all out on the table first before gluing anything. Fabric left in the strip will work like a hinge, just glue the back of the cardboard then the edges folding over the excess.

  • wifey2 24 Jan, 2009

    debofutah
    i found it. it is in jan. 08 magazine. the picture is bigger and you can see the hinges better that way. in case youdon't have it, the hinges will alternate (like forward, then backward..and so on)between the two boards. the boards look pretty thick..i mean probably just half an inch to an inch or something. but i hope this helps!!

  • wifey2 24 Jan, 2009

    hey! i kn ow this is in an old magazine of hers. i keep them all, but i know most people do not. i will try to look through and find it though in case you have them!!

  • debofutah 24 Jan, 2009

    I agree, the pictures are so small that it is difficult to get a real sense fo what to do. This is one of the best ideas in a while, but I need more visual to see how the hinges work.
    Martha peeps, make the photos bigger or that you can click on them to see more detail. I have to wear bifocals as it is! Help an aging Martha fan out!

  • Dulsineea 24 Jan, 2009

    STARLADY,
    Thats because Martha has the money and resources at the tip of her fingers. Unlilke us who do have to run all over the place to stores to find what we need. She also has people to do the shopping for her. As well, she has a crew of people who think up and actually DO these fine projects for her.

  • pas_non 24 Jan, 2009

    i wish the pictures were bigger, or you could click on them to see a larger view. the pictures are composed beautifully, but often the item in question is just a small part of the photo, and it's difficult to make out how it really looks.

  • starlady27 24 Jan, 2009

    Why does Martha try to make everything seem so easy and the items accessible, but when we try to do it you have to run all over trying to find the items that are needed, and nothing works like she says.
    starlady

  • LindenBlossom 24 Jan, 2009

    What a cute idea! Saving this one to favourites ... sure that one of these days I'll get round to making it!!! ;)

  • Hosanna 19 Jul, 2008

    the glue is made by Martha Stewart - Decoupage Glue

  • Heathersnest 15 Jul, 2008

    I have been trying to find Decoupage glue that will not warp or smear ink on printed photos. In the past I also put glue on front of photo to prepare for an epoxy coating at later date. Cannot find clear decoupage glue used on show...Can you provide name etc.?

  • dusty2 15 Jul, 2008

    I have made several of these accordions they are easy to make and there has been no problem with warping when coating one side. They are 3/8" thick and the hinges suggested in the article fit perfectly with the thickness of the panel. Art Boards is at www.art-boards.com and phone is 800 546 7985. They also have mounting panels with glue already on them that you can just iron your photos on called mounting panels. Great project and product!

  • khender711 15 Jun, 2008

    this mentioned decoupage glue for only the back side of the photos. Is that correct? I see the source below for art boards. Art they thick enough for "real hinges"? Are they wooden to avoid the bowing problem that mermaydmama mentioned? THANKS!

  • dusty2 4 Feb, 2008

    Art Boardsn n n n n n is a brand name. You can buy them online from the "Art Boards" Company. Their web site is www.art-boards.com. Their phone number is 800-546-7985. The product number is NFU 6x8. Their contact information is in the original magazine article but it does not seem to be on Marthan n n n n n s web site. The hinges are Nickel (# 6049) from Craft 800 827 2388 or craft-inc.com. The screws are 5 n n n n n n n n n n x 3/8n n n n n n Phillips Nickel flathead (#2), fr

  • brystalhardy 29 Jan, 2008

    Can anyone suggest where to buy these pre-cut art boards? I tried every craft store around my area and the edges of all the ones I have found are not thick enough to screw anything into??? HELP PLEASE

  • mermaydmama 11 Jan, 2008

    Speaking from the experience of making handmade books- if you apply a photo to only one side, the board will bow. To counter this bow you should at least apply a complimentary paper to the opposite side. Good luck, and have fun!