I deceided to use a pretty box I already had to create a romantic surprise photo box for my Hubby. I chose photos from our honeymoon earlier this year.
The only real cost was that of printing my photos onto photo-paper as I had the box, ribbon and card in stash already, so it is quite an inexpensive make!
I used a pretty sturdy gift box I had in stash for the basis of my surprise photo box.
Carefully cut down the side of the box using a craft knife to open it out into a cross shape
Use the flattened box to creae a template and draw around your chosen colour lightweight card.
I used 3 layers and chose yellow and blue as they had a tropical feel, just like my photos!.
Make sure each layer is about 0.5cm smaller than the one before so that they fit snugly inside one another.
Then score and fold the outer cross shape so they resemble your cut open box. Check they fit into each other at this stage and the lid goes on without crushing or creasing the paper.
Before adding the photo layers, I stuck some ribbon along the raw edged of the cut open box to neaten it up.
Choose your photos and print off to the correct size for fitting your box. Using a paper trimmer gives a more precise cut, but you can use scissors to good effect.
I cut my photos in rectangles, but you could cut them to whatever shape you wanted or even cut out the people and images from your photo.
Starting with your outer layer (or the inside of the box as I decided to also put photos on this - too many photos to choose from!) stick the photos on the inside flaps. On my last layer (The one you see first inside the box when it is open) I also stuck a photo on the flat part which will be the bottom of the box.
As well as photos you could include little mementoes (in the picture you can see I used 2 salt and pepper sachets I saved from the plane as well as other mementoes like ticket stubs etc)
Once all your layers have the photos stuck securely, fit each piece into the box using a dab of glue underneath the bottom of each layer to secure.
Again, check the layers fit correctly and put on the lid to check the layers are not too tall as you can trim any excess before sticking together easier.
I finished my box off with a yellow ribbon and a wooden heart with our names on that we bought on honeymoon, but you could use wool, tags, stickers or anything that fits in with your theme!