DIY: Wooden Photo Album
Hey there, readers! Happy Saturday to you.
I've been trying to figure out a creative way to display some 4x4 prints I bought from Parabo Press. After scouring Hobby Lobby and with a couple of other DIY's in mind, I picked up some balsa wood and thought I'd make an easy photo album with it.
Here's what you'll need:
- Balsa wood
- An X-Acto knife
- Sand paper
- String or yarn
- Hole punch
- Photo sleeves and pictures (or you can just hole punch your photos if you want)
step #1: CUT THE WOOD
Use the X-Acto knife to (carefully) cut the balsa wood down to just slightly larger than the photos you're using. Balsa wood is very fragile, so I'd suggest making several shallow cuts over and over in the same spot. After you cut two pieces, sand down the jagged edges.
STEP #2: Fill your photo sleeves
Pretty sure you can figure this step out.
STEP #3: HOLE PUNCH THE WOOD
Line up the holes on your photo sleeves with your wooden pieces and mark where the holes on the wood should be. Use a hole punch to make two holes on each of the wooden pieces.
STEP #4: DECORATE YOUR COVER
I thought it would be easiest to decorate the cover of my album before I attached it to the rest of the album. You can choose to decorate it however you want. I chose to use an old stamp I had lying around and and it turned out pretty well. Keep in mind, markers and paint could potentially bleed on balsa wood.
step #5: thread and tie the yarn
Thread the string through the holes in the bottom piece of wood, then the photo sleeves, and then the top layer. Don't tie the string yet. Repeat for the other hole.
Carefully open your photo album up and place it facedown, then tie the strings off. If you tie the string before opening the album, the string might be too tight to open it. So if you tie the string when the album is open, it ensures the string is loose enough.
Trim the leftover string when you're done.
step #6: display it.
WOOHOO! ALL DONE.
And, if you really want to add some oomph to this cute little photo album, put a drop of your favorite delicious-smelling essential oil inside the cover so when someone opens it up, it smells like heaven.