DIY Photo Box Tutorial with Mod Podge

This Mod Podge Photo Box tutorial, featuring the HP Deskjet 3632 All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All stories, photos, and opinions are my own. #SaveYourMemories #CollectiveBias

If all of your photos are trapped in your phone like mine and you need a way to display them or give them as a gift, this Mod Podge Photo Box is just what you need. Print the photos wirelessly from your phone and create a unique and personalized gift!

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I’m definitely a blogger mom and I’m always taking photos. My phone is out at all times, trying to capture every single moment of my boy’s active life. He’s always been a ham in front of the camera and he has won awards for his smile so you know I have to snap away when he’s doing something cute, funny, and even when he’s mad. Typically I post all of these photos on Instagram and/or Facebook and tag with #whoisthisboy, but today I decided to print a few out and make this fun photo box as a gift for someone special.

Supplies needed for Photo Box tutorial

What you’ll need:

Wooden box or wooden discs


Mod Podge

Paint brushes

HP DeskJet 3632 Printer

HP Printer paper

Step 1: DIY Photo Box Tutorial

What you’ll do:

I found this wooden box at Walmart in the craft section, but it had this crazy sticker on the top that wouldn’t come off completely. I knew I wanted to paint the box and I would be putting photos on top so it wasn’t a big deal.

Step 2: DIY Photo Box Tutorial

Step 3: DIY Photo Box Tutorial

I decided to paint over the hardware on the box because I knew I would be sanding the box, but you can tape it or carefully paint around it if you want.

HP DeskJet 3632 at Walmart

The next step is to set up your photo printer. I picked up this HP Deskjet 3632 All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner at Walmart because of it’s awesome features. I can wirelessly print all of my photos from my phone, tablet, or computer. Let me show you how it works!

Step 5: DIY Photo Box Tutorial

I simply downloaded the free app to my phone and the instructions walked me through connecting to WiFi and connecting to the printer. It took less than 5 minutes and I was already printing photos for my photo box.

Step 6: DIY Photo Box Tutorial

All I have to do after setup is select a photo from my media files and click on the share icon. I can then select the HP Print Service Plugin icon and I get this screen where I can decide how many copies, Black/White or Color, and then the size of the photo.

Printing photos for the Photo Box

The quality of the photos on the HP Printer Paper is amazing. It’s like printing the photo at a photo kiosk. I used this funny photo of Benjamin to test out the color option. Also, the original HP ink prints twice as many high quality prints as generic ink so you’re not going to run out of ink in the middle of this project!

Step 7: DIY Photo Box Tutorial

For the photo box, I chose to print photos in 3.5 x 5 and Black/White so they would look amazing on the photo box. I picked a few silly and adorable photos from my camera roll and then cut them into shapes to go onto the photo box.

Step 8: DIY Photo Box Tutorial

Next, I sanded the painted wooden box to get a distressed look and so the Mod Podge would stick better on it.

Step 9: DIY Photo Box Tutorial

I then painted on Mod Podge first, stuck the photos to the Mod Podge, and then painted another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photos.

Step 10: DIY Photo Box Tutorial

After the Mod Podge dried, I added another layer over the top to really make it shiny. I used the shiny Mod Podge, but there are several types of Mod Podge, including Matte finish, that you could use depending on how you wanted it to look. Feel free to embellish the photo box with ribbon or flowers and hot glue. I saw a burlap flower at Walmart that I think I’m going back for to put in the corner of this photo box.

Gift Tags for printing

Want to give this photo box as a Christmas gift, check out these free printable gift tags that you can print from your new HP printer. Just print, cut, and paste onto your package!

What photos would you put on a DIY Photo Box?


  1. Sarh S says:

    I love creating fun little things like this and Modge Podge is so much fun to use. I might just have to make my daughter one of these with photos of her family and of course a large photo of herself.

  2. Maggie Branch says:

    This is a really great idea. I have so many photos on my phone and have been researching a good printer that could connect with my phone. Thanks for a cute craft and a much needed review.

  3. This is a cute idea, I’m a fan of all thing personalized. This also makes for a great keepsake.
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  4. Erin says:

    What a special gift this is! Im definitely going to be remembering this for this holiday!
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  5. Very creative. This would be a perfect gift for my mom with pictures of her grandkids. Going to attempt this.
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  6. Raewyn says:

    Printing from your phone to make this project is so cool!! Great job at creating this photobox! I definitely will have to make one of these
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  7. Donna says:

    This is such a great craft idea for the kids! We have a bit of bad weather headed our way, it would be lovely to do something like this – especially seeing as I am so bad at remembering to print photos!

  8. Eileen says:

    What a great idea. I love that you can also do this with the kids too!
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  9. Di says:

    Oh this brings back memories of my crafting days! I used to love playing with mod podge, before I found digital! Then a few years spent hybrid crafting, and then I went fully digital!
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  10. Erlene says:

    This wireless HP printer looks great. We have a HP, but it doesn’t print wirelessly. Would love to get a wirelessly as it would make crafting so much easier.
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  11. Pam says:

    This is a great idea! I love how nice your pictures turned out as well. Way to go printer!
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  12. Debra says:

    What a fantastically cute box! I love it!
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  13. Jaime says:

    I love my HP printer. I love this craft for a photo box! Very simple and sweet!
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  14. You’re so creative! I like your photo box, it looks so awesome! Love the color!
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  15. I have a similar HP printer, and it’s great to be able to print from my smartphone. I need to get working on some DIY photo projects for holiday gifts. Thanks for the inspiration! #client
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  16. CourtneyLynne says:

    Omg cutest box ever!!!! I need to make a box like this for all of my daughters craft supplies. Would be so cute!!!

  17. Mimi says:

    What a fun craft to do. I love ones that you can personalize, especially if it can be given as a gift. This is something my youngest would want to make!
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  18. i keep seeing these photo printers. I want one!!!! i used to make my friends photo boxes in high school with old shoe boxes!
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  19. wow this printer looks amazing – I may have to put this on my list 😉
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  20. I love doing DIY projects. Mod Podge is so much fun and there are so many ways you could customize a box for different people.
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  21. You’re so creative! I like your photo box, it looks cool and unique.
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  22. This is such a cute idea!! Homemade presents are always the best too!
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  23. What a great idea! This would be a super cute idea for cards at a wedding – I might need to do this for my BIL!

  24. We love HP. This is a cute idea and I want to make something like this.
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  25. My kuds used to tell me “pictures again?” lol. BUt now they are accustumed to me taking pictures. That’s a great idea.
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  26. What a cute box! I think I would put pictures of my girls and our dogs.

  27. This is such a cute idea. I would love to do this with my daughter this weekend. Sounds like fun!
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  28. What a cute project. I would like to make this for my dad and mom.
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  29. Such a cute idea! I have a similar printer and it works fabulously!
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  30. This is such an awesome idea. Plus who doesn’t love a fun DIY 🙂

  31. Lexie says:

    That is pretty dang awesome! I’ve been looking into these printers. I really need to invest in one. I have no physical photos and it’s super depressing! LifeAsLex
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  32. jamie says:

    I need a wireless printer, so tired of going upstairs to my office when i need to print something!

  33. Interesting tutorial. Haven’t used Mod Podge in years! Thanks for sharing!

  34. lisa says:

    I need a wireless printer and a photo printer. I would love to be able to make these boxes for people for Christmas!
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  35. I have an HP wireless printer and I print so much more now because it’s so easy. I have to make one of these photo boxes.
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  36. Scott says:

    I love using Mod Podge. Made a table covered in Monopoly money with it once!
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  37. Bonnie @wemake7 says:

    I love our HP printer. Thanks for this great idea to do with pictures. I love it.

  38. Alison says:

    Confession…I’ve never done any Mod Podge projects. I’ve always admired them but never tried them – maybe it’s time I give it a whirl!
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  39. Miles L. says:

    HP Printers are truly incredible when it comes to quality, durability, and reliability. I’ve been using HP printers for a very long time now. Thanks for giving me an idea on how to keep my treasured photos. 🙂

  40. Wow this turned out great! I love this idea. Mine are in a cardboard box right now and I’d love having something more special.
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  41. Tonya C says:

    What a clever way to use the photos. The printer looks awesome. I’ll have to look into that one.

  42. This is a fantastic way to store memories and I love how simple and effective it looks. Great job.
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  43. That is a fun project. We love pictures and we need to print some and post them all over the house. This would be a great christmas gift.
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  44. I think this is such a great idea. I would love to make one of these to house all the families smaller keepsakes.
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  45. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I could not love this any more! I think it came out awesome and what a thoughtful gift idea something like this would be.

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