How to Make an Anniversary Memory Box

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How to Make an Anniversary Memory Box
Add mementos to an anniversary memory box. (the bride and bridegroom image by e-pyton from

Commemorate an anniversary with a memory box filled with mementos of a special event. Even the most innocuous items can be part of a memory box display: printed napkins, ticket stubs, dried flowers and a ribbon from a flower arrangement may all be showcased to remember an anniversary. The key to creating an anniversary memory box is to include items that trigger thoughts and feelings of the day, no matter how decorative the items mayor may not---be.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Shadow box frame
  • Small screw driver
  • Fabric
  • Self-adhesive interlocking strips (optional)
  • Straight pins or safety pins (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Mementos
  • Photos

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  1. 1

    Remove the backing from a shadow box frame. This often involves unscrewing tiny screws and removing one section of the wooden frame, then sliding the backboard from the grooves along the sides at the back of the frame.

  2. 2

    Arrange a swatch of fabric over the felt backboard to highlight some---or all---of your anniversary mementos. The felt backboard in a shadow box is often dark brown or black and might not be the best way to showcase your memorial trinkets. Add a lace doily, a vintage handkerchief, a scarf or simply a piece of decorative fabric. The fabric you choose can be relevant to the anniversary (your grandmother's hanky) or simply used to add colour to the display. Attach the fabric to the felt with straight pins or self-adhesive interlocking strips. Make sure that you leave enough clearance around the perimeter to slide the board back into the frame.

  3. 3

    Place the largest items on the backboard first: photos, a printed invitation or a cluster of dried flowers. Place the largest item in the centre of the backboard or in one of the corners, depending on your design aesthetic. For example, to commemorate a first-year anniversary trip, place a large photo from the trip in the centre of the memory box and surround it with smaller items that remind you of the experience. A book of matches from the restaurant where you enjoyed your anniversary dinner, a playbill and a single dried flower from the table arrangement would all fit nicely into an anniversary memory box.

  4. 4

    Fill in around the large items with smaller trinkets. Place items at an angle or layered to add design interest to the memory box. There is no set way to arrange your mementos; just make sure you like the end result. Arrange and rearrange all the items on the backboard until the design is set.

  5. 5

    Attach the items to the backboard one at a time using safety pins, straight pins or self-adhesive interlocking strips. Attach the mementos the same way you arranged them---largest first.

  6. 6

    Slide the backboard back inside the frame. Reattach the wooden frame strip.

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