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Picture-Frame Photo Box

Store snapshots from a vacation or special occasion in a box that displays its theme.




  • Photographs
  • Two wooden picture frames
  • Paint
  • Hinges
  • Cork
  • Double-sided carpet tape


  1. Step 1


    Remove contents of two identical wooden picture frames. Paint the frames; when dry, align them back to back; attach small hinges.

  2. Step 2

    Using the cardboard backing as a template, cut two pieces of cork.

  3. Step 3

    For box lid, reinstall the glass, then your photo, and the cardboard; adjust pins.

  4. Step 4


    Attach cork to cardboard with double-sided carpet tape; for the bottom of the box, glue second piece of cork inside frame.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2002



Reviews (5)

  • Josh Maynard 1 May, 2014

    Has anyone found frames like this anywhere? I'm having trouble finding a frame with an extended back like this.

  • 2008Rose 27 Aug, 2008

    I've seen and purchased boxes that are very similar to this in craft stores, including ones with a glass top for a photo. They are generally inexpensive and can be decorated with paint, stain, woodburning or any method you choose and would be a whole lot less work. I would recommend you check the hinges because some of them are not put together as well as others. They come in at least two sizes that I have seen so you could store larger photos or perhaps postcards in the larger size.

  • AmberRiot 22 Aug, 2008

    It isn't a picture frame, it's a box to keep photos in

  • hjm 22 Aug, 2008

    This seems like a really neat idea. I have seen thin 12X12 sheets of cork in the scrapbooking paper section of a craft store, so I wonder if that would be more likely to be acid free, etc. and safe for storing photos.

  • joywadson 21 Aug, 2008

    This look like a Shadow box, not a picture-frame.