Make Your Own Memory Keepsake Box!

My sister’s bridal shower was coming up.  My mother wanted Ray to have something nice to remember this special occasion by.  The idea Mom had in mind was for a keepsake box to place specific items from the shower; whether it be some present ribbon, a photo, an invitation to the shower, a copy of a bridal shower game board piece.  Whatever she wanted, she could place inside.

I thought this idea was great, and as her older sister and Maid Of Honor, I insisted on doing it.  Thanks to , I’d already known of the perfect idea from Colour Her {Hope}.
Using that idea for my basis, I decided to take it a step further with embellishments.
My first stop was a local consignment shop, where I bought about half a dozen strands of  pearl colored craft beads.
I raided my father’s button jar.
Yes, my FATHER keeps a button jar.  He is the one who gets most of the use out of the sewing machine.  Nice, right?  At first I was a bit surprised to learn this, but he is a surgeon after all and sews on a daily basis.
Then I hit the table..  I don’t have an art table, so I used my folks’ large dining room table.  This project took up at least half of the space, so be prepared for the need for space if you choose to use large papers like I did.
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Memory Keepsake Box

Supply List for the box:

shoe box
mod podge
sponge brush
at least 2 different patterns of pretty scrapbook papers (1 for the box and 1 for the lid)
wrapping paper for inside lining (optional)
ribbon
buttons
paper cutter or exact-o knife
hot glue gun
whatever extras you may want to add (sequins, glitter, etc.)
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Instructions for the inside of the box:

  1. Measure the wrapping paper to fit the inside of the box by tracing the outside of the box. Cut. Figure 12012-04-20_15-31-56_422
  2. Line the wrapping paper to the inside of the box by applying mod podge to the box with the brush. Figure 22012-04-20_15-32-55_765
  3. Cut some extra strips of wrapping paper for the corners of the box that remain uncovered, otherwise. Make sure to cut these strips in a way that matches the pattern you have already cut for the corners of your box. These strips will act as cover-ups for any “mistakes” that might happen at this point in the project. Figure 3a, Figure 3b2012-04-20_15-38-38_6332012-04-20_15-43-23_429
  4. To make the ribbon lining, take two lengths of two different ribbons and, using the glue gun, make small dots along the lengths several inches apart. After the desired length is reached, cut the ribbon and adhere it to the inside of your box. Figure 42012-04-20_16-14-35_272
  5. Mod podge the topmost edges of the paper to the outside of the box and smooth them down. Figure 52012-04-20_18-30-11_754

Instructions for the outside of the box:

  1. Trace the pretty scrapbook paper around each individual square or rectangle along the outside of the box. Cut. Figure 6Diy Memory keepsake box1-001
  2. With with sponge brush, brush the podge across the surface on one side of the box from edge to edge, corner to corner. Then, gently layer one length of the paper on that side. Gently smooth out any bubbles. Repeat this process for each side. You can wait on doing the bottom while you work on the lid. Once you finish the whole bottom part of the box, it should look like Figure 7.2012-04-20_20-52-21_805

Instructions for the lid:

  1. Trace the pretty scrapbook paper, preferably a pattern around each individual square or rectangle along the outside of the lid. Cut.
  2. Repeat step two for the lid, as it was described for the box (above). You can then complete mod podging the the bottom of the box. Figure 8Diy Memory keepsake box2

Embellish your box with a homemade rosette, buttons craft beads, glitter, sequins, or anything else you desire to use.

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3 thoughts on “Make Your Own Memory Keepsake Box!

  1. […] Turn an ordinary shoebox into a decorative memory box. … Shoe boxes make wonderful memory boxes and using them can be a very "green" way to store your keepsakes. … Consider grouping all of your keepsakes into separate boxes. Make Your Own Memory Keepsake Box! | Lily Reinvented […]

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  2. Lisa March 7, 2014 at 4:20 am Reply

    Ohh this is lovely! Love the paper you used!! I such a great gift!!! <3

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