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Craft: Family Photo Books

Craft: Family Photo Books

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Filled with favorite photos, this is just the present for a relative or special family friend, particularly one your family sees less often than you'd like.


  • Assorted photos
  • Craft knife
  • 4-ply and 2-ply rag board (sold at art supply stores)
  • 26-inch-long piece of ribbon
  • Colored paper
  • Glue stick


1. Choose seven favorites from a stack of family photos.

Family Photo Books - Step 2

2. Use a craft knife to cut two 5- by 6 1/2-inch rectangles from the 4-ply rag board for the book covers. For the inner pages, cut one 5- by 39-inch rectangle from the 2-ply rag board. Lightly mark 6 1/2-inch increments along the long edges of the 2-ply rag board, and accordion-fold the sheet at those marks Use a ruler edge to press the folds into sharp creases.

3. Lay the ribbon on a tabletop and center the folded rag board on top so that the side with three creases is on the left and lines up with the midpoint of the ribbon Apply glue to the top of the folded rag board. Then lay the left side of the ribbon over the glued page and top with one of the book covers, pressing firmly until well stuck. Flip over the book and use the same method to attach the right side of the ribbon and the back cover.

4. Now, cut the colored paper into seven 4- by 5 1/2-inch rectangles. Glue one onto the center of each page and the front cover. Then glue the photos onto the colored paper. Finally, print the year on the front cover.


Open the album into a full circle, tie the ribbon binding into a bow and it's ready to display on an end table or dresser.