Things You'll Need
- Wooden box with lid (at least 12 by 8 inches in size)
- Acrylic paints
- Clear, vinyl material
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- Baby photo
- 1/4-inch plywood
- Wood glue
- Baby items
Preserve the precious moments of your infant's early years -- from the time of her birth to her first pair of walking shoes -- with a hand-decorated memory box. Saving keepsakes in the box is simpler and less time-consuming than arranging them in scrapbooks, and you can paint the box to coordinate with the nursery colors and use it to enhance the room’s decor. Collect a multitude of memories from baby's first year in the box -- preserving a piece of her childhood forever.
Place the wooden box and the lid on a newspaper-covered work surface. You can use a cardboard shoe box instead of a wooden box, but it will not be as sturdy as the wood. Paint the base of the box a solid color and allow it to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply a second coat, if necessary, and allow it to dry thoroughly.
Draw a 3- by 5-inch rectangle on the top, center of the lid and cut out the shape with a jigsaw. Discard the rectangle and sand the rough edges of the box’s lid.
Paint the lid of the box with a solid, contrasting color. Alternatively, you can paint the lid and then use stencils to add a decorative border or paint a pattern on the lid, such as zebra stripes or polka dots. Let the paint dry thoroughly.
Cut a 3 1/2- inch by 5 1/2-inch rectangle of the clear, vinyl material. Place the vinyl over the rectangular hole from the inside of the lid and use hot glue to adhere it to the lid.
Place a 3- by 5-inch picture of your baby in the new window in the lid. Use a few pieces of clear tape to hold it in place.
Cut a 4- by 6-inch piece of 1/4-inch plywood and sand the edges. Center the wood over top of the window from the inside of the lid and use wood glue to adhere it in place. Now the photo is firmly locked into the window in the lid.
Fill the baby box with items from her birth, such as hospital bracelets, baby announcements and congratulation cards. As she grows, add other items, such as a lock of hair, baby shoes, special photos, pacifiers, special clothing and birthday cards.
If you don't want to make a photo window, glue the 4- by 6-inch piece of 1/4-inch plywood on the top, center of the lid and use it as a name plate to paint or carve baby's name and date of birth.
- Making Memory Boxes; Barbara Mauriello
Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.