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June 28, 2014

Memory box project can enhance home decor

DIY craft showcases keepsakes, awards

One of my passions is decorating our home with personal items celebrating family. I also love doing projects that are easy, fast and cheap.

Creating a memory box combines both of those interests.

When I was a girl, my grandpa was a staple of my life. I spent much of my time at my grandparents’ house, and was always fascinated by his stories. As an adult, I visited and begged him to let me tape our conversation, interview style.

He was highly resistant, not having much use for such nonsense. I am glad I persevered, it was the last time I saw him. Now, Grandpa’s stories are safe with me, cherished. When I began looking for a way to honor his memory, the idea for a vintage looking memory box seemed appropriate. A central place to store pictures, the interview tape and letters.

Memory boxes make interesting additions as part of the décor on bookshelves, and can be altered to fit any style. They also make inexpensive and personalized gifts.

For a wedding they could hold invitations, flowers, pictures and other small memorabilia. For children, they might become a special place to gather all their "treasures." Students can gather awards, drawings, and keepsakes of their journey. Any theme can work with this project.

The best part? It is a perfect DIY project for beginners, no special skills required. Within a few hours, it’ll be dry and ready for use.

Supplies:

• Cigar box (Any firm box will do. Vintage boxes can be pricey; this replica was found for a few dollars at a local craft store)

• A picture, printed off the computer onto regular office paper

• Modge Podge

• Craft paints

• Nail file

• Glue gun

• Brayer (handy, but not necessary)

• Scissors

• Wooden miniature spools

Instructions:

1. Without a dedicated work space, simply tape down a paper grocery sack. It makes for easy cleanup.

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