December Creative Play Day 10:Twinchie Photo Cube by Candace Jedrowicz

Twinchie Photo Cube by Candace Jedrowicz-Final
The Cool2Craft Creative Play theme for December is “Give Yourself a Gift.” You give to everyone else during the holidays and all year long. Time to give yourself a treat! Make something, go somewhere, do something that’s just for you and photograph it! Then share it with us – post it on the Cool2Craft Creative Play blog on the Hive. Anything goes! I’m going to run with this theme and craft every day in December. I’ll be posting tutorials and videos as well as making some kits available at the Marketplace. Join me on Cool2Craft for 31 days of blissful, healing, creative play and give yourself the gift of play, too! [Candace J.]

A twinchie is a 2″x2″ Artist Trading Card.  I saw a six-sided, pendulum shaped origami ornament and I thought it would be fun to  make a six-sided photo ornament.  I made the pattern by laying out six twinchies and taping them together.  It turned out really cool!  Here’s how you can make one, too:

This is the template for the cube.  The one you’ll download will have instructions for fold lines, tabs, slots, image orientation marks, etc.   Download the template, cut it out and trace it on to heavy paper or card stock.  Stay away from heavily glittered card stock, it may crack when you fold it.  Cut out the traced piece, but don’t cut out the centers of the boxes yet.
Transfer all the marks to your paper.  Cut the slots with a craft knife.  Punch out the marked holes.  Use a bone folder or pen point to score the fold lines.  Test drive all the folds. The paper I chose was one of those lovely freebies in a Somerset magazine.  Sweet!
Make sure that the tabs all fit into their slots.  Unfold the cube and cut out the centers of all the squares with a craft knife.  Now it’s time to gather your photos!
I chose photos of my artist’s group back in Maryland.  Dear friends all.  Arrange the photos in a way that makes you smile.  Be sure you orient them to the tops of the frames.  Attach with small pieces of tape on two sides for now.
Fold the cube again.  This time it may not go together too easily.  If that happens, check to see if any of the photos overlap the fold lines.  Trim where necessary.  Unfold and glue the photos in place.  Allow to dry.
I love glitter.   I went all the way around the edges of the cube with glitter glue.
I threaded a narrow ribbon onto a needle and went in and out and all around the three holes on the top.  I tried out a bow, but decided against it ultimately.  Leave a nice big loop to hang it.
I did the same with the bottom holes, but used three ribbons.  I had some clay fish I’d made a while ago, so I threaded the ribbons through, tied a knot, put a dot of glue on each knot before pulling the knots inside of the fish.  I added some beads, too.
The last step is to embellish the cube.  I used chipboard words and hearts, but you can use anything your heart desires.  You’ll know you’re done when it makes your heart sing!

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