DIY Pop-Up Photos

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Flat pack, flat hair, flat soda. Flat out yuck.

Nothing good ever comes with just one level so it’s time for your photos to aim higher.

Step up and give your photos depth with a quick stack, a fold and a pop.

Pop-up photos make sweet keepsake gifts and will make any desk/wall/shelf look great.

Feel that? Another dimension awaits! (oohhh-oohhhh-hhoooh)

Learn How To Make Your Own Pop-Up Photos


You are giving your photos depth and a unique new look. So literally, it’s awesome on multiple levels!



  • 3 or 4 Prints of the Same Photograph (depending how deep you want to go)
  • Cutting Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Double Sided Tape

Step 1: Cut It Out

beforeTake a minute to decide where the foreground, mid-ground and background of the image is. We’ll wait here.

Got it? Now, leave one print as is (don’t touch!), cut the 2nd around the part you want in the midground and the 3rd around the part you want in the foreground.

Step 2: Fold

beforePut the photos aside and cut long strips just longer than the width of each photo part you cut out.

Fold in the ends towards the middle, then fold the ends of those ends towards the outside like a concertina/accordian. Phew, you still with us?

Step 3: Tape

beforeStick down some double sided tape on the back of your concertina strip as well as on those outward facing ends.

Step 4: Stick

beforeStick each photo part to a concertina strip (the small outward facing parts).

Step 5: Stacks On

beforeRemove the protective layer from the remaining taped up bit of concertina strip and stick the mid-ground photo part to the untouched background photo.

Step 6: Stacks On Higher

beforeExactly as you did a minute ago, stick down the foreground photo part to the mid-ground photo part.

Whoa! Three levels up dude!

Step 7: Frame it

beforeFinally, pop your stacked photo into a frame (or box lid like us) and put somewhere prominent for your guests to admire.


  • Add STUFF between the layers
  • Use a combination of black and white & color photos
  • Try layering 2 or more different photos for more mind boggling awesomeness