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DIY Keepsake Box

Memory Box DIY

When my childhood haunt, The Works got in touch and asked me if I’d like to play with some arty goodies from their awesome craft supplies section, I had the perfect idea for a DIY: My oldest friend has just had a baby and I thought it would be really sweet to make her a DIY keepsake box for little memories such as a lock of hair and the first tooth taken by the tooth fairy!

Supplies
Storage Box c/o The Works
Acrylic Paint c/o The Works
Scrapbook Papers c/o The Works
Animal Stickers c/o The Works
Alphabet Beads
Equipment
Paintbrush
Scissors
E6000 Glue
Screwdriver (optional)

Craft DIY
To start with a used a tiny screwdriver to remove the clasp at the front of the box so it would be easier to paint. It was super simple to remove and re-attach, just make sure you don’t lose any of the pieces! Once removed I painted the box one section at a time and let it dry. The paint dries quite quickly and sectioning it off allowed the box to dry without getting paint in all the wrong places.

Gifts for pregnant friends

Baby Memory Box

I painted the box brown to cover the red as I have a specific theme in mind: The jungle! My friend’s nursery has been painted with a gorgeous jungle themed mural by her Dad so I wanted to follow suit for this keepsake box. The Works had these adorable jungle animal stickers too and I picked out the baby’s name from a selection of wooden block beads I had in my stash. I thought they were a fun addition, like children’s building blocks!

Best Craft Glue

Storage Box Upcycle
I selected a fun green floral sheet from the scrapbook paper to represent the jungle leaves and cut it to size using measurements I took from the front of the box. I used E6000 to glue the paper straight onto the glass, laid it on top and gently pushed the edges under the box’s frame with a blunt pair of scissors.

Jungle Animal Stickers
The animals have peelable sticker backs, but I still added some glue for extra security. Make sure you decide on your design’s arrangement before you start gluing! When the animals were in place I glued on the wooden blocks at a slight jaunty angle as if they were placed by a child. Leave the glue to dry for 24 hours.

Homemade Gifts for Newborns

DIY Craft Storage Box

I’ve shown another idea for decorating your storage box above. For this one I opened the lid and removed the box and glass by undoing the prongs with pliers. Be gentle so you don’t break them!

I removed the glass and disposed of it safely, then I removed the ornaments from each section which was trickier than I expected; they’re glued on tight! I covered the glue residue with some scrapbook paper to match the box and pieced the lid back together so the sections are now accessible from the top.

I love this storage box because I can separate my jewellery supplies while I’m making stock instead of digging around for the tiny pieces!

The Works Craft Supplies
Which design do you like best? Will you be up-cycling a storage box as a thrifty gift for Christmas this year?

Loves x xx

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  • http://theinelegantwench.blogspot.com Rachel

    This is such a great idea, I rarely think about customising things to make them even better. The jungle one for little Henry is my favourite, such a good idea and looks so amazing!

    Rachel x

    The Inelegant Wench