Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for your positive feedback.
Qwerty--The cubes just happen to fit the box. The cubes are pre-cut, unfinished 'turnings' from the craft store. These are 1 1/2". The box just happened to be the right size (though in fact it's slightly too big, but not enough to matter). Oh, and, he's not so much a craftster kind of guy
Regansbox--The cubes could be in any order. However, if you want the cubes to be in the same order for each picture (that is, when the cubes are assembled correctly, all you have to do is flip them over and a new picture is formed, which is how the kid's puzzle I had was made) then you have to make sure they don't get out of order when you decoupage them. Decoupage one side, let it dry, then flip all the cubes to the same new side.
Teamwang--I don't have the box with me anymore (I left it at my folks') so I can't take any more pictures for a tutorial. If I make another, I can do a photo tut.
For now, I will try to explain how it was done.
1. Select cubes. I used the 1 1/2" cubes, but only because I couldn't find any 1" cubes. 4 cubes by 3 cubes of 1 1/2" fit a 4 1/2" X 6" photo. But you could have 24 1" cubes for a 4" X 6".
2. Find a box in the right size. The one I found was 1 1/2" high, 6 1/4" wide, and 4 3/4" deep. It would be easier to find the right box if you use 1" cubes (and also easier to get the photos to fit).
3. Select the photos. You need six of them, plus one for the top, and one for the inside of the top (and one for the inside bottom, if you want). Any or all of these could be copies of one of the six pictures you've selected, or they could be totally different but related pictures. If you want, you can choose photos that are all horiztonal. I didn't--I picked the best, and some were horizontal and some vertical. Pictures without
too much fine detail will probably work better. Incidentally, you don't have to pick photos. You could choose other kinds of pictures. Like clip art, vintage pictures, pictures from a kids' book....
4. Print the photos. As it was, I had to trim the photos quite a bit. I needed them to be 4 1/2" X 6" but most printers print them as 4" X 6" or 5" X 7" and will crop them if you try to do another size. Maybe there's some way to foil the print and fax viewer, but I haven't found it yet. So I printed 5" X 7" and cut them down to fit. I used high resolution paper. I liked it because it kept the colors clear but was thinner, and therefore easier to decoupage, than photo paper.
5. Trim and cut the photos. My mom has a really nice paper cutter with the whole deck marked with both 1/2" and 1 cm increments. That made it easy to get the right sizes, and to make sure that the edges were clean and straight. If you don't have a paper cutter at home, I recommend having the pictures printed at a copy shop and using theirs, because it makes a huge difference. In the end I had six photos, each cut into twelve equal 1 1/2" squares.
6. Decoupage one side of the cubes.
7. While the cubes dry, stain the box. I used an oil stain, but you could use a stain with poly already in it if you wanted.
8. While the stain dries, decoupage another side of the cubes. The first side doesn't have to be fully dry before you do the next side; only mostly dry (1/2 to 1 hour in between sides).
9. While the cubes dry, decoupage the top of the box. Here's one note. If you decoupage the top with plain paper, DO NOT stain the whole top. The oil will soak through the paper. If you want an antique-y look, that might work. But I didn't like it, and had to redo the photo to put over the top after the first round of mod podge had dried.
10. Keep going, alternating between the cubes and the box, until everything is decoupaged. Let dry for a long time before you disturb the pieces. The cubes should be resting on the first side you covered. Then after a few hours (or overnight) then they should be flipped.
11. Wrap up pretty and present!