How to Make a Fun Interlocking Photo Display!
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What happens when you combine the idea of building blocks with photo prints?
An unconventional way to show off your pictures — that’s what!
Turn your photos into an awesome and interactive tower o’ pictures that flaunts your photo and construction skills!
Leave it unassembled for friends to put together at a party or see how high you can make it tower.
Cuz who says photos can only be in frames or albums?
Photo Frames are so last season
It doesn’t take a lot of materials to make it, and you’re free to add on more photos if ya want.
The neatest feature of these discs is that they you can take ‘em apart and store them flat—nothing to store away!
So whatcha waiting for? Let’s start construction!
The Building Materials:
- 24 photo files
- Any program that can edit photos
- Printer or access to a printer
- Non-glossy cardstock paper (if printing on own printer)
- Glue stick
STEP 1: Laying out the foundation
Make 6 duplicates of this document layout so that you have a total of 24 circles.
STEP 2: Partner Up
These 12 pairs will be the front and back images of 12 photo circles you’ll get at the end.
STEP 3: Mark ‘Em Slots
These marks are the guides for the slots you’re going to later cut out.
You can make them any color you want, so long as they stand out a bit from the photo.
If you can set the width of these line marks, make them 1 pt wide.
STEP 4: Print ‘Em Out
Make sure the paper’s fairly thick and not the glossy kind!
STEP 5: Scissor Action Time
Make sure that as you’re cutting out the circles you’re keeping the circles in their pairs so you can glue them together correctly in the next step.
This step is gonna take some time, so put on some good jams to listen to while you’re snipping away.
STEP 6: Stick ‘em with the Glue Stick
If you’re having trouble lining up your photo circle pairs back to back, hold the photos up to a light or a window so you can see through the back of one of the circles to help with lining up the other photo circle.
After you glue your 12 pairs, you can trim away any uneven edges of the combined photo circles with scissors, if you so chose.
STEP 7: Cut the Slots Out
Notice that the slots you’re cutting out have a tiny bit of width to them.
STEP 8: Slot n’ Lock Check
If the spot where the photo circles slot n’ lock seems like it’s bunching up, the slots will need to be cut a bit wider, which you can do with some scissors. Do this carefully, though, as too-wide slots will make your photo circles too loose to lock!
STEP 9: Some Assembly Required
Once you’re satisfied with your constructed creation, take a step back to admire your sweet, photographic structural masterpiece.
Further Construction Plans
- Feel free to make more photo circles to add to the 12 you made with this tutorial!
- Experiment with different shapes for your photos, such as squares or rectangles—like this set by Charles & Ray Eames!
- Speaking of squares—print out your Instagram photos and use them to build a photo display like we did above!
- Laminate your photo circles, and ta-da!—they double as cool coasters!
- Hey parents of young’uns! This photo structure is kid- and travel-friendly—make one with cool and/or educational pictures for the kids!