Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Make a Memory Box

A couple of months ago I purchased a wooden box at an estate sale.  I thought it might be a large recipe box because it was 9" x 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".   I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but I bought it, tossed it on a shelf and kept running ideas through my mind.




Last week I finally had an idea and thought I'd try making a Memory Box out of it.  You know, to hold concert tickets, movie stubs, flower petals....that sort of thing.  First I cleaned it up and gave it a light sanding....




And then I gave it a quick coat of white acrylic paint inside and out....


And then I painted the entire thing with 2 coats of lavender and distressed it afterwards.   I took a couple of sheets of rose paper and used polycyclic to adhere them to the inside of the box...


I also printed out a saying about making memories onto a piece of rainbow paper and lightly burned the edges.  I then used polycyclic to attach it to the top of the box and applied polycyclic to the entire outside of the box as well.



Then I went to work on the outside of the box with various pieces of vintage lace from my stash, lacy flowers, buttons and pearls....





And remember that ring I bought last weekend at a garage sale?  The one with the stretchy band that I cut off?  I used it here.....


All finished, except I may go back and add a lock and key to the front of it.  This Memory Box was easy to make and it's going to be a Christmas present for someone special in my family.  I hope she likes it.


17 comments:

  1. What a charming memory box. I love the color and embellishments.

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  2. Cute idea! That ring is the perfect touch too!

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    1. Thank Diane - that was my favorite part too!

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  3. Oh, this is so pretty and the perfect color. I love finding wooden boxes but I never change them....you know me! lol I need to learn to paint! Hugs!

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    1. You and I need a craft day together my friend. And a hiking day. xo

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  4. Love how the box turned out! I'm sure the recipient will love it!

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    1. Oh I hope so. Now I have to put it away for 3 months. First Christmas present done!

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  5. That is such a great idea and you did such a wonderful job. It is very pretty Kim!

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  6. What a lovely gift. I have several of these plain boxes - maybe Christmas gift ideas? Thanks!

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    1. Yes - that's what this one will be. First Christmas present of the season is officially done!

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  7. Very pretty, I love the paper you used on the inside. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

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  8. Nice box, and it looks like a fun project! Thanks for sharing it at Revisionary Life!

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  9. What a fun craft! Thanks for sharing @ TTF!

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