Unique photo album made from a cheese box.


 I would like to dedicate this project to my dad who died recently after a long battle with cancer. He was a strong and gentle man who was always there for me and loved me unconditionally.  He taught me that  good manners, integrity, and hard work are essential to succeed in life.  He also taught me the importance of laughter and looking for the good in people.  He will live on in the many memories he leaves behind.

This photo box is made from a cheese carton !  I made this one to look a bit old fashioned because I wanted to display some of my old black and white photos in it.  I think this will be fun to display on my coffee table but would also be great on your desk at work.


  • Cheese carton
  • Paint  (one dark color, one lighter color, and crackle glaze paint which can be purchased at any craft store.)
  • scrapbook or construction paper
  • lace, buttons, paper roses, or anything else you’d like to use.


Step 1.

Peel off the labels from the cheese carton.


Step 2.

Paint the carton with the darker color paint.  Let it dry.


Step 3.

Paint over the dried paint with the crackle glaze and let it dry well.


Step 4.

After the glaze is dry paint over it with the lighter color paint.  As it dries the paint will begin to crackle and the darker color paint will begin to show through.


Step 5.

Add lettering to the top of carton.  I used the decal type that I got in the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby but stickers or even hand lettering will work just fine.


 Step 6.

Sew buttons onto lace and then glue to the carton top.


Step 7.

Add paper roses and any thing else you’d like to decorate the top with. 


Step 8.

Trace circle from bottom of carton and add tab as shown in picture.  Cut out the amount of pages you want from the color of paper you have chosen.  Punch two holes in the tabs so that you can tie them all together when you’re finished.


About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.