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DIY: Jewel Case Photo Displays

I love how the glossy clear frames on these photos make the images pop off the wall. Who would guess that the frames are made of old CD jewel cases? This cool project was brought to my attention by Grumpalita, who found it on the awesome site Photojojo.


What You'll Need

  • Photographs
  • CD Jewel Cases
  • Cardboard (optional)
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • Tape (Double-sided works better, Archival if you're picky)
  • Velcro tape

For step-by-step instructions,

How to Make It

  1. Remove the plastic insides of your jewel case. Take out the paper insert and remove the perforated edges. Use this as a template from which to cut your cardboard.
  2. Cut out cardboard pieces. (To use as backing for your photographs to prevent them from buckling.)
  3. Trim your photographs to size. Your images should be exactly 5 3/8×4 5/8 to fit snugly in the back of the jewel cases. We cropped our images down from 5 x 7 prints.
  4. Attach cardboard pieces to your cropped photographs using double-sided tape.
  5. Plop your photo into the back of your jewel case, facing out. Close the jewelcase.
  6. Affix a piece of one side of the Velcro tape to the backs of your finished case, and the other side of the tape to the spots on the wall where you'll hang your frames.
  7. Put on some music and have fun hanging your awesome new frames!
  8. Need a little more visual aid? Then check out the great video tutorial over at Photojojo.

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alltherage alltherage 8 years
i absolutely love this idea - totally cool and so cheap!
chancleta chancleta 8 years
so cute
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
very cool and so cheap!
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 8 years
Thank you soo much, to this day I have been recycling 100's of cd cases.. now I don't have to buy Frames!!! yippeee
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 8 years
ooh nice!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
Very Great idea.
davisdavis davisdavis 8 years
This is similar to a mural layout (one big picture converted into jewel case tiles) from the ReadyMade book.
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