Wedding Album Magic Box

Homemade Wedding Album Magic Box

Inspired by a photo album magic box I created for my neighbor to commemorate the 10th birthday party of her twins, I decided to create a wedding album magic box of my outdoor wedding. This is no ordinary magic box. Check it out. 

First up, the video. I have lots of photos of the box, but don’t want this video to get buried.

Wedding Album Magic BoxIf you look really close, you can see the details of my wedding. We had a camping wedding weekend. Tent camping Friday night as well as the wedding ceremony took place at Painted Rocks Campground (just outside Woodland Park, CO).

S’more’s on Friday night and the reception Saturday evening were held at Camp Elim (also just outside Woodland Park, CO).

Though we had a casual outdoor wedding, I wore a fully beaded wedding dress. Only 5 people knew I was going to wear a traditional wedding dress. I insisted that I was going to wear jeans to my own wedding because I dispise dressing up so much. Not even my husband knew I was wearing a dress until I walked down the isle.

Side View of Outside of Wedding Album Magic Box

The magic box is created on a 12×12 piece of black cardstock. I covered the sides with silver swirl decorative paper from Jo-Ann which is framed in silver cardstock. Adorning the sides of the magic box is black grossgrain ribbon from Creative Impressions. I also used pearl gems and white wedding ribbon from Jo-Ann. I also have a silver heart created using a QuicKutz die.

All four sides and the lid are decorated with these elements.

Wedding Album Magic Box – Inside 

The wedding album opens up much like a traditional magic box.

Wedding Magic Box Open

When you remove the lid from the magic box, the four sides fold out flat. But if you look at the center of the box, there is another box waiting to be opened. I used a piece of acetate (transparency) to hold the sides of the second layer up so that you can see all the photos in the first layer…..or can you.

Actually, each side panel is a pocket and there are photos tucked inside them. I created little pull tags with cream cord (Creative Impressions) and a pull tag (homemade with a small circle punch and hand written “pull”). Check it out.

Wedding Album Magic box 1st Layer All OpenNot only are there hidden pockets behind each photo, but the photo itself swings open much like a door to reveal a larger photo inside. I used heart brads to keep the photos closed. Then when you swing the brad around, it allows the photo to open to reveal the second photo behind.

The sides of the second box also have photos on them. All told, this 1st layer of the wedding album has 16 photos.

Wedding Album Magic Box – Second Layer

If you think the first layer is pretty fancy, wait until you see what surprises I have for the second layer!

Wedding Album Magic Box 2nd Layer RevealedAgain, this layer looks a lot like a tradtional magic box. It even has floating hearts (floaters are so magic box). In this photo you can see the clear lid that was holding the second layer up.

In the very middle of the magic box is a little booklet. It’s held in place by an acetate (transparency) box.

Again, you can see little heart brads holding the photos closed. Because you know they are going to open just like the first layer. But wait…what are the little pieces of ribbon sticking out under them???

Wedding album Magic Box with All Layers OpenYes, the photos open to reveal a second photo…but there are also photos attached by the heart brad that swing out! The little white ribbon is actually a pull tab to swing the photo out.

This layer of the wedding album has 15 photos. As you may or may not be able to see, the inside is decorated using the same materials as the outside. We have ribbon, pearls, heart brads, in addition to the same decorative paper.

But wait. There are still more photos. We haven’t looked at the little book in the very center of the magic box.

Wedding Album Magic Box – Center Booklet

Wedding Album close up of clear box holding bookletThe booklet in the center is held in place by an acetate box. The booklet is tied closed with a piece of wedding ribbon.

I chose to decorate the front cover with the names of all the wedding party. I simply printed that out on my home computer/copier.

This photos also shows you a side view of the floating hearts. The hearts themselves are stuck to a thin piece of acetate which is attached to the base of the center of the magic box.

Wedding Booklet OpenPull out the booklet and untie the ribbon to see the first two photos. These were our engagement photos.

In this photo you can see a little tag I created entitled “the Engagement”. I created it on my computer and printed on my copier. It’s matted with a piece of silver cardstock.

I actually have little tags like this throughout the wedding album magic box. I think it adds interest but also descibes the various parts of the event for people who may not have attended the wedding or know our families very well.

Wedding Book Fully OpenWhen the wedding booklet is fully open, you can see four additional photos from the wedding. There is a small piece of decorative paper on the bottom portion. I didn’t want to decorate the inside too much or the booklet wouldn’t fold well.

Back of the Wedding BookletThe back of the booklet is a great shot of us walking down the “aisle” after the ceremony. I thought it fitting to put a picture of our backsides on the back of the booklet.

I also stamped a little greeting that says, “Happily Ever After”. It’s framed in a piece of silver cardstock. Here you can see the ribbon that ties the booklet closed.

More Magic Boxes

I have created other magic boxes and have a FREE Magic Box Tutorial here for the simplified magic box. Sorry, no template yet for this tricked out version. To see more than the ones listed below, click the Magic Box category on the left.

Wedding Album Magic Box – Supplies

  • 35 photos
  • black cardstok
  • silver cardstock
  • silver swirl decorative paper (Jo-Ann)
  • black grossgrain ribbon (Creative Impressions)
  • wedding ribbon (Jo-Ann)
  • white pearl gems
  • heart brads (Creative Impressions)
  • Heart Die (QuicKutz)
  • Acetate (Write on Transparency from office supply store)
  • Happily Ever After stamp (All Night Media)


  1. Vickie said,

    March 30, 2010 at 21:27

    Okay, this is seriously cool! Dana you are so creative. I didn’t know about the wedding dress being a surprise. Thank you for giving it to Mozambique!

  2. Deborah said,

    April 3, 2010 at 18:55

    Wow, this is incredible. What a wonderful way to make a wedding album! Nice work.

  3. helen said,

    May 21, 2010 at 10:14

    This is great, Dana! I love how it could hole so many photos.

  4. Danielle said,

    July 9, 2010 at 17:03

    That is the most awesome box I have ever seen…Please Please show us how. Also, I would love to purchase some other magic boxes kits from you but not sure how. Could you please let me know what to do. thanks

  5. janet dycus said,

    October 19, 2010 at 16:56

    i love yourbox can you share a step by step how you did this please

  6. Julianna Adams said,

    January 9, 2011 at 12:12

    My name is Julianna and I am getting married on July 31st 2011. I have been searching and searching for a magic box that I thought would really WOW!!!my guests and surprise my family. Everything for our wedding is handmade. I idealy want to make a before and after wedding magic box. Is there anyway you can send me a tutorial on how to make this. I got the simple version but would like to know how you encorporated the pictures and multiple layers to hold the pics. Thank you and have a wonderful day…

    Julianna Adams

  7. Macarena Molina said,

    February 7, 2012 at 14:21

    Hi! It is beautiful! I was looking for Valentine’s Day gifts and I found your website and this beatiful box. It is amazing, very original. Do you have some step by step tutorial? I have some doubts in how you put the moving tabs and the ones that are attached.


    Macarena from Chile!

  8. Trysh said,

    November 29, 2012 at 01:30

    Julianna, did you ever get instructions on the wedding box? I’d love a copy!

  9. yarnitect said,

    November 29, 2012 at 05:29

    There is no tutorial for the wedding box….but there is one for the simple magic box. See the section above called “More Magic Boxes” for a link.

  10. Trysh said,

    December 4, 2012 at 22:37

    Yarnitect or anyone, do you know how to make the acetate box in the middle?

  11. yarnitect said,

    December 5, 2012 at 07:34

    Gosh…it’s difficult to say in a comment..but I’ll try. I’m not sure how big the box is…but for a box 2.5″ wide x 1/2″ deep x 3″ tall, you’ll need acetate 6.5 x 3.5. With longest side horizontal, score at 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 1/2″, 2 1/2″. With short side horizontal, score at 1/2″.Slit the scored lines on the 1/2″ section. Use zots or another transparent tape to adhere together. Hope that makes sense!

  12. Trysh said,

    December 6, 2012 at 13:47

    Thank you Yarnitect!

  13. Trysh said,

    December 18, 2012 at 10:39

    Yarnitect, how did you calculate the numbers? Is there a formula for let’s say a box 2.75″ wide x 1/2″ deep x 4″ tall?

  14. yarnitect said,

    December 19, 2012 at 09:30

    Trysh, if the box is 1/2″ deep, I gave myself an extra 1/2 inch on the bottom plus an extra 1/2″ on one side so I could tape the box together. So with your measurements, I think you need:a 7 x 4.5.

    Score horizontally at 1/2, 3 1/4, 3 3/4, 6 1/2.
    Score vertically at 4.

  15. Trysh Call said,

    December 19, 2012 at 09:43


    Thank you, but how do you calculate the dimensions of the paper you need to start out with and then apply scoring dimensions? Is there a mathematical formula?

    Trysh Call

  16. yarnitect said,

    December 19, 2012 at 09:54

    Trysh, No mathmatical formula that I know of. I draw a picture of a box on a piece of paper and visualize in my head where I want extra flaps for glueing. It’s mostly just drawing and visualizing what I think will work…then I give it a try and see if I did my math right! =)

  17. Trysh said,

    December 19, 2012 at 10:21

    Thank you Kindly!

  18. Trysh said,

    December 19, 2012 at 10:24

    i wish they had posted directions on this wedding box i love so much! i am having problems determing the dimensions for the 2nd box as they only post the first box & lid dimensions. I am new to scrapbooking so I am a bit slow at this. I really wanted to make one for my brother in law that just got married.

  19. sailaskhmi said,

    December 23, 2013 at 03:13

    ur magic box looks really cool 🙂
    can you pls let me know the step wise procedure to make the box. i’m not clear on how to make the cuts.
    is it just to take a box and cut its side walls. the place pics inside.
    and how does the flowers or the butterfly hunngs up to the floor of the box

  20. sailaskhmi said,

    December 23, 2013 at 09:06


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