More Altered Art Photo Boxes – Homemade Gifts

In December I shared an altered art photo box that makes a nice homemade gift. If you missed it, you can read about it here.

Today I’d like to feature two more boxes, which can also be used to store CDs, DVDs, love letters, or personal treasures. I started with file boxes I bought at a craft store.

I used a page from a calendar with photos of Tuscany and tore the picture into three sections, with the middle section being the widest, which I glued to the lid of the box. The other two sections are on the sides. Calendars usually have a page displaying all the photos in smaller sizes on the back. I used the miniature of the large photo for the front of the box (lower left-hand corner in above picture).

A view of the top of the box.

 In addition to the calendar photo, I used torn pieces of scrapbook paper and embellishments from the craft store, such as leaves, flowers, rhinestones, pearls, ribbon, raffia.

 Side view.

Back of photo box. I love the torn paper look.

 Here’s another photo box:

Wood letters from the craft store were used for the names. Using the nonbrush end of a small paint brush, I dipped it into black paint and dabbed it on the letters to make black dots. The smaller dots were made by dipping the tip of a pencil into white paint and placing them in between the black dots.

  Dots of gold glitter glue enhance the right edge.

The miniature of the larger photo is glued to the inside of the lid.

 Side view.

Back of box. No, that’s not a vintage post card glued on there.
It’s scrapbook paper, but an authentic post card would be even cooler!

I apologize for the poor quality of some of these photos. I know nothing about photography, plus my camera was on the blink.

Here are all three photo boxes. Each was decorated with a different page from the same Tuscany calendar purchased at a dollar store.

You can pick any theme you want and make one of these for yourself – for sewing supplies, craft supplies, anything. Or make them as gifts for any occasion. For a wedding, you can make it elegant and add lots of pearls or rhinestones and scraps of rich fabric.

A baby theme would be fun for a baby shower gift. Fill the box with baby shampoo, lotion, pacifiers, thermometer, spoons, diaper wipes, bibs, wash cloths, any small baby accessories. You could glue a pacifier with thin ribbon bows, along with a tiny board book or miniature teddy bear or even a cute baby brush to the top of the box.

If you know what the nursery theme is, you can go with that. Jungle animals are popular now. One mom I know decorated her daughter’s nursery in a lady bug theme. A lady bug altered art box would be an adorable accent for the nursery and serve to store miscellaneous baby items such as Q-tips, Desitin, and extra packages of pacifiers.

For Mother’s Day, choose a theme based on something your mom loves or collects: flowers, roosters, teacups, gardening stuff. Empty seed packages would make cool embellishments.

For Father’s Day, go with a golf theme if Dad loves to golf. Or deck it out with a banner or logo of his favorite sports team.

A book worm or writer would love a box with a book theme. Old books are cheap at thrift stores. The pages or even spines would go perfect with book marks. Floral wire can be bent into the shape of a pair of glasses for an added touch.

Need a gift for a musician? A music theme would be tons of fun. Sheet music can be used instead of scrapbook paper. Add photos of the recipient playing at a music recital. Guitar picks, a copy of the cover of the person’s favorite CD, or even drum sticks would make neat embellishments.

These are just ideas I’m throwing out there. You can do whatever you want. Use whatever materials you’d like. I prefer to use things I have around the house to save money. Craft store embellishments can be costly if you’re on a budget.

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Have fun creating your own unique art. I hope these ideas helped.

Do you have any other ideas for themes? What would be the perfect theme if someone wanted to make one of these for you? Would you use it for photos, CD’s, DVDs, or something else?

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20 Responses to More Altered Art Photo Boxes – Homemade Gifts

  1. Tracy Jo says:

    I love this! What a great idea. Yours turned out so beautiful! Hmmm…perfect theme…I think I would like one for travel. I could put cool places on it like Paris. 🙂 Have a great day!

  2. Those are so pretty! You are seriously talented 🙂

  3. Tracy Jo – I think a travel theme is perfect! And you could store your photos from your trip in the box!J.A. – Thank you!

  4. Old Kitty says:

    Oh how artistic!! I love that you can personalise each box – but this one here is a work of art! Beautiful! take carex

  5. Those are really cool boxes! Creativity practically emanates from them. 🙂

  6. You are so talented! I just love your artwork. I also love working in mixed media. I need to get back to doing that!

  7. Susie Lindau says:

    Do you ever sleep woman????These are so gorgeous and you are so creative! My friends call me Martha, but I don't do anything like this.Thanks for sharing. Thanks for putting the url up for me!

  8. Susie Lindau says:

    Yeah! My comment went through beautifully!

  9. Old Kitty – Yes, these boxes can be personalized and made to be very sentimental if you want.Eagle – Thanks so much!Melissa – I know, mixed media is so cool. Hope you can get back to it. It's so calming and I just get lost in it!Susie – I haven't done any altered art in six months and won't have time for any for quite a while, but I take pictures of my altered art before I give it as a gift. One day I'll make one to keep!

  10. You has a great blog. I'm very interesting to stopping here and leaves you a comment. Good work.Lets keep writing and share your information to us.Nb: Dont forget to leave your comment back for us.

  11. August says:

    Gorgeous! I've made some fun projects using my first-draft novel pages and old greeting cards—but nothing as fancy looking as these. 😉 The most special gifts, I think, are personal—knowing that someone "gets" us and our interests. In my case, anything involving writing, my dog or my guitar are wins.

  12. Darkheart2011 – Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm glad you found it interesting.August – Yes! Great idea to use first-draft novel pages for crafts. And I save old greeting cards, too. Some are so cool to recycle for altered art. And I agree that the more personal I can make the gift, the more meaningful it is. Hey, I think combining writing, your dog, and your guitar together on one of these boxes would turn out really cool!

  13. D.G. Hudson says:

    Very nice. I used to do more crafts and have covered boxes before too, but never as elaborate as these. They would make great gifts, and I love the antique look of these.Thanks for sharing these,Lynn!I'm in the middle of making my younger daughter a memory quilt (arty rather than the tried and true quilt patterns).

  14. Those are gorgeous! I did something similar to hold all the printed drafts of my novel. I took extra pages and covered a banker's box ~ it looked pretty cool, but not nearly as beautiful or artistic as these.

  15. Nas says:

    Hi Lynn,You're so talented and make it sound easy yet I know I won't be able to make all these! Thansk for lovely photos!Congratulations! You won the Linda Conrad Giveaway at

  16. These are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing the idea and the photos of your work. 🙂

  17. ceodraiocht says:

    Love handcrafted gifts and your theme ideas are just perfect. A retro kitchen theme would be so fun to create and I have to join the others in saying that I've always loved travel themed and map items.

  18. ceodraiocht says:

    Love handcrafted gifts and your theme ideas are just perfect. A retro kitchen theme would be so fun to create and I have to join the others in saying that I've always loved travel themed and map items.

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