As I stared at these 60s wonders, I considered the possibilities -- ornaments? small trees? holiday cards? But these projects all involved cutting the album into much smaller pieces, and I wanted to try to preserve the photos intact, if possible. What about an advent calendar, with 25 small "doors" to open? Too much work (and too late to open doors 1-5). Finally, I came up with an idea that matches the albums' squareness (physical and stylistic) -- gift boxes!
2) On a flat surface, I arranged the pieces in a cross, with the bottom in the middle.
3) I taped each of the sides to the bottom, first using scotch tape to hold them in place and then stronger masking tape.
4) I raised two adjacent sides and taped them together. I continued this until all 4 sides were up and taped together.
5) Using scotch tape, I taped the outside edges together.
6) For the lid, I only needed 1 square, so I used the center of the second cover, which was the most visually interesting. I made the sides 1/4" longer than the box (so that the lid would fit around the box. I cut 4 strips the same length for the lid sides.
7) I used the same method (steps 2-5) to create the lid.
8) Here's the final product. Pretty cool, if I do say so myself:
If the box will hold a heavy gift, you'll need to reinforce the bottom tape.