PhotoWeights are handcrafted in the United States of clear, sparkling glass and include what you'll need to create a custom, glass paperweight with your own photographs, artwork, crafts, small collectibles, and other objects. Each paperweight comes with a finishing kit that includes:

  • Self-Adhesive Mounting Board
    The mounting board fits within a paperweight's display area. This board is rigid, creating a sturdy surface to keep your photograph, artwork, or background flat. (Backgrounds are covered later on this page.) The mounting board can be used as a template to help you crop images and artwork. We also have more traditional templates available for each of our paperweight styles in our shop under Accessories and Stands.

  • Self-Adhesive Bottom Pad
    Let's say you applied a photograph to your mounting board. This will be placed face-down onto the bottom surface of the paperweight so the photo appears within the paperweight. Once this step is finished, you'll apply the black, self-adhesive pad over the back of the mounting board and onto the surrounding glass.

A step-by-step instruction card is enclosed with each order. A larger version is available below.


Most of our paperweights styles have enough interior space to display dimensional items. Each paperweight's product page will tell you the depth of the display area. The item you wish to display will need to be slightly smaller than this measurement.

The example paperweight pictured showcases an antique watch fob. To achieve this design, smooth paper was placed over the adhesive side of the mounting board. We glued parts of an old book spine to the paper to create a background. The watch fob was adhered to the background with hot melt glue.

Another example of displaying dimensional objects may be found in the step-by-step instructions for the dome paperweight (below). A swatch of textured paper from the cover of an old scrapbook album was used as the background.


Flat Paperweights
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Dome Paperweights
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