Coffee Table Photo Display

Hello everyone! How is it in your part of the world today? We are expecting a record high today of 79 degrees—but the cold is on its way. Tomorrow’s high is suppose to be 54 then Wednesday SNOW! I have to get myself mentally prepared for the cold!


This little project was fast and easy. I’ve always wanted to do something with the cute, round boxes that Laughing Cow cheese comes in. I don’t know if you can call this a mini album-but I picture it sitting on my mom’s coffee table with lots of pictures of her kids and grandkids in it.

Here is how I made it. I painted the top rim and sides with brown acrylic paint. Using papers from the retired Grace paper pack, I cut 4 inch circles; tore a bit from one of the circles, then distressed all with Cocoa ink. Then I covered the top of the box with Mod Podge and also put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the back of full circle, and laid it on the box. I smoothed it out then put Mod Podge on the back of the torn circle and placed it down. The bottom of the box also has these two papers covering it. The “thinking of you” piece is made from the dimensional elements that come with the Art Philosophy cartridge. The paper covering it is also patterned paper from Grace. Love, love, love that you can just cut from Art Philosophy and it perfectly covers the dimensional element! I popped this up with foam tape, added flowers cut from Art Philosophy, used a small safety pin for beads and ribbon and the box is done.

I then cut a 29 – four inch circles in three different colors. One of the circles I punched a whole in the center, strung ribbon through it and secured that ribbon on the back. This first circle will be adhered to the inside bottom of the box, but leave that for the last step. I started adding the circles about 1 1/2” to 2” apart down the ribbon. (two circles adhered together with ribbon running thrDSCN2881ough it). At the very end of the ribbon I strung a small charm. (click on pictures to see them larger) These circles now fold up accordion style inside the box. NOW comes the hard part, finding 28 pictures to go inside! Mom’s birthday isn’t until the end of November, I’ve actually given myself some time on this one!

If you make one of these, I’d love to see it, so let me know!

On a side note—now my back up camera looks like it has a problem. My pictures are looking washed out. OH bother—what is a scrapbooker to do? I have found a place to get my better camera fixed, it is about 40 miles away. I’ve GOT to find the time to get there.



  1. I'm a little confused. If you cut 29 circles and glue one to inside of the box and string the ribbon through two adhered circles--do you put a picture on both sides? Because you would still nedd 29 pictures or if you put pictures on the front side only you would need 15 pictures. I love your project...just wondering about the number of pictures. Thanks!

  2. I typed my post up so fast--I know it is confusing! The "29th circle is glued to the bottom of box and the ribbon is coming out of the middle of that, so there is not a picture there. Then there are what turns out to be 14 circles strung along the ribbon. I used a glue stick, glued one side of circle, lay it down with ribbon going through it, then glued another circle to the back of the first, covering the ribbon. So 14 circles, with pictures on both sides. The circles are about 1 1/2" to 2" apart along that ribbon. Let me know if you have anymore questions! Thanks

  3. Thanks! I'd really love to see this when it is done! Have you seen one completed? Do all 14 circles with pictures and ribbon fit inside the box so the lid stays on. This is such a great idea--I'm thinking I want to make one for my sisters. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh, WOW!!! This is a FANTASTIC project, Lisa, and a fabulous way to recycle a cheese box! Love it - GORGEOUS work!! :)