DIY: Concertina Photo Album

This DIY, comes from Polka Dot Made, and was originally made for a wedding. We thought it would be a perfect gift for any Mother.  Whether it be your mom, your grandma, your children’s mom or a mother your look up to, here is a great DIY gift for that wonderful lady in your life.

You will need:

  • Thick, coloured card (I recommend going to an art shop instead of a newsagent)
  • Contrasting satin ribbon, cut in half
  • Selection of photos from your wedding (an even number such as four or six)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Scorer
  • Bone folder


1. Along the edge of your paper, mark the height of the photo (it should be around 15cm). Along the other edge of your paper, mark out the width of the photo (about 10cm), adding an extra millimetre or two to allow for the fold. Repeat until you have a panel for each photograph (remember: it must be an even number!).

2. Trim your paper to size using the knife.

3. Score your card at each of the markings.

4. Apply a strip of double-sided tape horizontally across the centre of the last panel; remove backing. Repeat on first panel.

5. Lay the end of the ribbon along the exposed tape on the first and last panels and press down.

6. Apply double-sided tape to the edges and centre of the back of each photo.

7. Remove backing from double-sided tape.

8. Carefully stick a photo on each panel.

9-10. Fold over the first panel and press flat with a bone folder. Continue folding the remaining panels, alternating directions to achieve a concertina style.

11. Wrap the ribbon around the middle of the album (I’ve wrapped it around several times as a decorative feature but once is enough).

12. Tie at the right edge into a bow.

Images by Polka Dot Made.


32 thoughts on “DIY: Concertina Photo Album

  1. pattysalazar says:

    I love this! I’ve been looking for new ways to give away pictures as gifts. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Jill H says:

    This is lovely. I am going to make this for my delightful and wonderful 90 year old Aunt. Brilliant. Do you mind if I feature this on my blog? (with appropriate credit given!!)

  3. cori bailey says:

    This reminds me of a gift I received from my son a couple of years ago, with pictures of him and his friends (my other sons :)) and it’s got such great sentiment. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Susan says:

    Hey.. it’s beautiful !
    I think if we add some writings or simple classic notes in front it will be even more romantic 🙂
    Great !

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