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The following project is inspired by Natalie’s Photo Cube project in The Crafter’s Yearbook. I’ve been excited to put my own spin on the project by changing materials, papers and more.
- Cutting mat
- Sharp blade
- Metal Rule
- Scoring tool
- Ball end tool
- Matching fineliner pen
- 2 x skeins of embroidery thread, I used 2 x different coloured rayon threads
- Thick card for tassle template
- Bulldog clip
- A4 sheet of plain card
- A4 sheet of matt satin silver card
- Red liner tape
- Wet glue
Instructions for the Photo Cube
The Photo Cube Box
- Place plain card in portrait orientation onto your scoreboard, then score card at 7 and 14 cms along full length
- Turn to landscape orientation and then score at 7,14, 21 and 28 cms.
- Flip to reverse and repeat these same score marks on that side of the card. Now, you should have an elongated cross shape with 6 sides.
- Next, score to the outside of each “square” to give yourself tabs to assemble. Then, cut along each of these new score lines with a scissors, cutting 45° angles at the edges to mitre them and take away the bulk at the edges.
- Burnish all the original score lines down using a bone folder. Check now that it now can be assembled into a cube. Add the red liner tape to all necessary glue tabs, and you can add wet glue also for longevity. Put this box carcass to one side for later.
- Draw up or score and cut 6x 6½” square inner panels for your photo cube; I decorated these squares with a swirl pattern using a small ball tool. Apply tape to the rear of the squares ready for later. Place to one side with the box carcass.
The Tassel and Hanging
- In order to hang my photo cube and decorate it, I used 2 x different coloured rayon threads, two whole skeins to make a twisted braid and tassel.
- Decide on the length you would like your tassel, and then cut the card to size. Wrap both threads at the same time arond the card, until you have reached your desired size, clip together using a bull dog clip and leave a length of the threads to wrap and “sew” into itself to form a shank and hanger. Tidy up the ends and cut through, then create a large knot for stability.
- For the matching twisted braid, take the rest of the threads, hold ends together, fold in half, then maybe again, clip one set of ends together with the bull dog clip to a table top, something that will hold it still, then twist all the threads together, in the same direction, until you feel a “pull”. Hold onto the centre and allow the threads to twist back on itself. Tie in a knot or sew in place.
- Apply the decorative card to all 6 faces of the photo cube, tape the cord and tassels to opposite corners of the cube “on point” and contine to assemble the cube.
- I used a small amount of wet glue to attach the final tabs.
- At this point you can add stickers, gems, pearls etc. I decided to write “Nadolig llawen” (AKA welsh for Merry Christmas) into the silver card and mounted on the scrap card from the box carcass, I used a ball tool and a fineliner, then added gems.