really pretty easy to
create a gorgeous wooden handmade keepsake
keepsake box is one of my favorite homemade baby gift ideas.
It can be used to save a first curl, baby's first shoes,
other keepsakes and mementos.
Handmade Keepsake Box for Baby
what you'll need:
- A pre-made wooden
available at craft and
hobby stores. The simple boxes without latches or handles are
the easiest to work with.
- Items to decorate your box.
I used a
cute coordinating sticker and some velvet ribbon for the box you see
- Colored paper to cover your
box. I used coordinating scrapbook paper.
- an x-acto knife
- decoupage glue. I
- optional: coordinating
paper for the inside of
Handmade Keepsake Box
this tutorial, I will show you how I
created the handmade keepake box that I used as a container
adorable baby sock roses
bouquet. You can follow these directions to cover any shape
box or container.
your supplies. A
good craft or hobby store should carry a selection of wood and paper
mache containers to choose from.
If you like a very distressed finish, use a coordinating or
contrasting color to basecoat your project. If you are not
going to distress your finished box, then you needn't basecoat.
each side and
panel of your box onto the back of your decorative paper. If
paper design has a right side up to the pattern, be sure to mark this
on the back and keep your box pointing the right way when you are
your box with
an undercoating as desired. I wanted to match the distressed
white of the paper I chose, and have a bit of the
peeking out, so I painted mine white.
Cut out your paper panels.
It's better to cut just a hair too
than a hair too small. You can always sand or trim off the
one side at a
time with your decoupage glue. Carefully position your paper
the glue. Repeat with remaining sides, until your whole box
covered. Gently smooth out any bubbles in the paper.
Allow to dry thoroughly.
off any edges
that overhang. You may scuff the edges with some sandpaper to
give the box a softer, worn look.
prefer a wipe-down shiny finish, you may overpaint the entire box with
another coat of decoupage glue.
If you are lining your box with a coordinating paper, you would work
essentially the same way. It's a little tricker to get the
correct fit, but you can always trim it with you x-acto blade once it's
the finishing touches to your handmade keepsake box with stickers,
bows, ribbon, stamps, or trim. I prefer
quick grip brand glue in the green tube, or a thin bead of hot glue to
hold ribbon in place.
Fill with something adorable!
I also made some cute free baby poems to print on cardstock that can be glued inside, or given as a tag with your homemade baby memory box.
I'd love to hear from you! Just contact me to send photos,
ask questions, or make suggestions.