How to Make Memory Boxes From Wood

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How to Make Memory Boxes From Wood
A memory box can hold all of your personal treasures. (box image by Erika from

If you have personal treasures that are sentimental or valuable, it is helpful to have a memory box to store the treasures safely. Although you could purchase a memory box at a department store, it can be more exciting to customise a memory box yourself using craft supplies. After your box is complete, place your objects in the box for safekeeping.

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Things you need

  • Pressboard blank box
  • Craft glue
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Cotton batting
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Ribbon
  • Cardstock
  • Marker

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  1. 1

    Place the blank box on a table.

  2. 2

    Take the lid off of the box.

  3. 3

    Cover the top of the lid with a thin layer of glue.

  4. 4

    Place a sheet of thin cotton batting in the shape of the lid on the top.

  5. 5

    Cut a piece of fabric that will hang over about 2 inches on all sides of the lid.

  6. 6

    Cover the sides and 1 inch around the underside of the lid with craft glue.

  7. 7

    Lay the fabric piece evenly over the top of the lid, covering the batting.

  8. 8

    Smooth the fabric over the sides, folding it at the corners.

  9. 9

    Tuck the ends of the fabric under the lid, smoothing it down evenly. Cut off any excess fabric. Set the lid aside.

  10. 10

    Cover all of the sides of the box base with craft glue.

  11. 11

    Cut a piece of fabric that will fit around the sides of the box and will be 1 inch higher at the top than the box.

  12. 12

    Drape the fabric around the box, smoothing out any wrinkling.

  13. 13

    Apply craft glue 1 inch down onto the inside rim of the box.

  14. 14

    Fold the top edge of the fabric over the lip of the box, folding it at the corners. Cut off any excess fabric. Allow the glue to dry completely.

  15. 15

    Cut a length of ribbon that will fit around the perimeter of the box.

  16. 16

    Apply craft glue to one side of the ribbon.

  17. 17

    Wrap the ribbon around the outside of the box, centring it in the middle. Allow the glue to dry.

  18. 18

    Cut a 4-inch-by-6-inch rectangle from cardstock, any colour you like.

  19. 19

    Trim the edges of the rectangle with pinking shears.

  20. 20

    Write a title onto the card saying what is in the box, and when or where the treasures are from. Glue the card on the lid and allow the glue to dry.

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