Shower Gifts to Make
This box craft is SO simple, and
supplies found in your
local craft store.
You can customize the design to match baby's
and even personalize the box with a monogram or a message on the inside
of the lid!
I created a coordinating set of personalized baby blocks
for Charlie's room and tucked them inside the baby memory box .
Printable Keepsake Box Poem
♦A base paint color or two, if you want the inside to be a
♦Mod Podge Glossy
or another brand of decoupage glue.
♦An unfinished wooden box: these come in a variety of shapes
sizes on the unfinished wood aisle, and are very affordable.
♦Stickers and trim to decorate your box: the scrapbooking
is a great place to find adorable stickers in many different themes,
ribbons, and other cute embellishments.
♦12x12 papers: also from the scrapbooking aisle. I
used three designs- a green woven, yellow dot, and blue
♦A flat, stick on hanger: optional, and recommended for boxes
that latch securely
for you. . .I made these
free baby poems!
These pdf printable downloads will
add a special touch to the inside, or you may use it as a tag for
| Step 1:
baby memory box
acrylic craft paint in the colors of your
choice. The top
and bottom of the box will get covered with decorative paper, but this
first layer of paint helps to seal the wood. Allow to dry.
Cover the top of the box with decorative paper. I turned a
of 12x12 paper face down, and put the box lid on top, tracing around as
an outline. Cut just inside outline with scissors or an
Paint the top of the box with Mod Podge, and carefully line up paper
and stick down. Gently smooth and rub out any bubbles.
the paper is dry, you can trim up the edges with an exacto blade.
Choose embelishments for the top of your baby
memory Frebox. Charlie has a
jungle themed nursery, so I chose this cute alligator sticker.
will use the blue watery looking paper to make a river, and some cute
extra large felt rick-rack to make waves and add a little texture.
Cut your decorative paper and trim to size.
When background paper is dry, apply back layer of scene. I
down the river paper to make sure of where to stick Mr. Alligator and
his bird. I just stuck them on; we'll seal them down in
Apply Modge Podge to where your water is going to go.
would have been easier to just apply it to the back of the water paper.
Go ahead and apply all of your paper layers for the top of the box at
this time using decoupage glue.
When you have all of your paper and stickers in place, seal the top of
the box with a layer of Modge Podge.
This will give it a nice, shiny finish and protect your decorations
from peeling up.
While your lid is drying, go ahead and decorate the inside of your box!
I added some more jungle animal stickers to the inside lid.
You can add the printable
poem above, or any other decorations that you like.
I chose a fun yellow polka dot paper to line the bottom of the box.
Cut it to fit by placing it into one corner snugly, and then
where it hits the other three corners. Trim with an X-acto
|| Step 10:
Paint the bottom of the box with decoupage glue, and press liner paper
Coat the whole inside of the box with decoupage glue to seal.
Avoid the edges where the box will touch when closed if
the box to dry really well. It will be dry enough to handle
but it may take a few days for the decoupage glue to fully cure.
When your baby memory box is dry enough to handle, you may add any
ribbons, fabric, buttons, or other final embelishments.
I use Quick Grip glue to apply the felt rick-rack waves to the river.
I cleaned the paint off the hinges with my seam ripper to give the box
a more finished look.