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Boxes - How to make a keepsake box

Updated on January 2, 2013

Transform a simple shoe box into something worthy of your treasures

Shoe box coverd with tissue and magazine cut outs
Shoe box coverd with tissue and magazine cut outs
interior with a motivational gratitude quote
interior with a motivational gratitude quote
sides of the box layered with pictures and tissue
sides of the box layered with pictures and tissue
texturing the tissue gives a three dimensional effect
texturing the tissue gives a three dimensional effect

An at home or group activity

I am very fortunate to be able to bring my creative passion into my work. This activity was inspired by a discussion about keeping small treasures safe,during our mums group - and we turned simple shoe boxes into wonderful works of art.

For the activity you will need modge podge or acrylic medium available from art and craft stores, brushes and plastic containers or lids for the medium, a range of coloured tissue and pictures from calendars or magazines, scissors and glue sticks.

The activity is very inexpensive to set up for a group if, like us, your program has limited funds. It is also a fun activity to do at home with children and teens especially like this one. Making boxes for make-up and nail polish - and covering it with ads for trendy cosmetics is a great way to keep stuff together or even creates a gift box for a friend.

Start by tearing the tissue and layering it onto the box using the medium to keep it in place.


tear the tissue into shapes and strips
tear the tissue into shapes and strips
Apply medium to box and tissue with brush
Apply medium to box and tissue with brush
Continue layering tissue until the box is covered.....
Continue layering tissue until the box is covered.....
.... and add pictures using a glue stick layering more tissue for texture and interest with medium over top
.... and add pictures using a glue stick layering more tissue for texture and interest with medium over top
when lid and sides and bottom of box are decorated start on the inside
when lid and sides and bottom of box are decorated start on the inside

Once you have completed the outside of the box, create a beautiful inside using motivational quotes and pictures. The finished box is a wonderful place to keep small treasures, or even as a gift box instead of a bought bag for a friend - they get two gifts in one.




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      Lizam1 3 years ago from Victoria BC

      Great it will be fun to do it together.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this is a neat craft, my son wanted me to make it

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks Habeeb, appreciate your comments. I hope you try making the box:-)

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      Habib ur Rehman 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Very dedicated, You look very interesting in your work. Your hubs are great providing very unique information.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      prarieprincess, thanks for your comment. Yes, I think children would love this craft. I hope you enjoy making one for yourself too.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Such a beautiful craft! I love your completed project. This would also work with a class of children. Thanks for sharing -- I may do this one.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      acatnna thanks. Appreciate the comments.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      This is beautiful. I love things like this - great hub. Thank you.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks alocsin - I am sure she will much appreciate it.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a beautiful box, especially since it's so personal. I know a mother-to-be who would enjoy this, to gather goodies for her upcoming baby. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Lizam1 6 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thank you and especially for sharing. I hope you get to make one too.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      This is a lovely idea! My sister had a special memories box growing up and she still has stuff from it. This puts it to another level. Sharing this!

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      Lizam1 6 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks Michele. I like the idea of a prayer box too.

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      Michele Travis 6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      The one you made is very beautiful!, I made one but it is just cardboard covered with red velvet. It is called my prayer box. I put my prayers into it. Wonderful hub, voted you up!

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      Lizam1 6 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks cloverleaffarm. I made a tray covered with "Beatles" pics and music for a friend for Christmas she loved it. Furniture you say, now that's an idea!

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      Healing Herbalist 6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Love decoupaging things. I even do it on furniture! Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lizam1 6 years ago from Victoria BC

      Oh thanks for the share. I hope the treasure boxes will become loved keepsakes too. Blessings to you and yours.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Simply cool! Since my facebook acct is limited to family members and friends I rarely share their. This got a share knowing all the little ones will receive a great reward from creating a 'treasure' box. And, thank you Lizam1 for putting the thought "I should return a couple of pokes and make a few :)

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