How to make a tunnel card

I know you are invited to at least one wedding this summer. Bring your camera. This is a neat way to present a special wedding picture. It’s an old paper trick call a tunnel card. I like to frame it in a shadow box and give it to the married couple. You might even get away with not having to buy one of those expensive items on their gift registry.

How to make a tunnel card

  • 4 copies of a photo that has a fore, middle and background.
  • shadowbox frame
  • mat
  • 2 pieces of cardstock
  • glue stick


  • scissors

In this sample, the frame and mat are 8″ x 10″. The photos are 5″ x 7″ with a 1/2″ border all around. Accordion pleat the cardstock lengthwise. My pleats were about 1″ wide. Cut them so that they are the same height as the mat.How to make a tunnel card

Leave one photo as is. Cut out the bottom of the photo along natural lines to form the front of the tunnel. Make sure that you leave the right and left sides on all of the photos. Find at least one (2 is better) natural division for the middle ground of the photo. Cut along the division(s).How to make a tunnel card

Glue the pleated card stock to the back of the mat. Glue the whole photo to the back of the card stock pleats, making sure that it lines up with the mat opening. Now comes the relatively fussy part. Glue the other photos onto the fronts of the respective pleats, lining them up with the whole photo. It is best if you do this back to front.
You should have a photo that looks like this one. Frame it and present it to the lucky couple.

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How to make a tunnel card