Making a Zigzag 3D Photo

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This is a good kids' project for grade schoolers. The instructions and accompanying photos can be found on this page.


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It was fun making projects during our grade school years. Our school projects included simple handmade artistic tricks. One of which is the one we once called a zigzag picture. Only later did I learned that it's actually called a 3D photo effect or a 3D picture frame.


  • 2 photos of the same size
  • 1 piece of paper
  • glue
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors


  1. Measure the size of the photo using a ruler. Make equal divisions and mark dots on both sides with a pencil.
  2. Draw lines to connect the dots of both sides. Set aside.
  3. Take a piece of paper and cut it twice the length of the photo.
  4. Now, cut along the lines drawn on the two pictures. Separate the two photos so they won't get mixed up.
  5. Align the strips of the two pictures alternately. See photo. Glue in place.
  6. Make a zigzag or accordion folds. Start flipping along the edges of each strip. See photo.
  7. You can stick it into a picture frame and display in a slanting or side view position to emphasise effect.
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