How do I Make a Keepsake Box With No Money?

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How do I Make a Keepsake Box With No Money?
Reuse household items to decorate a keepsake box. (buttons image by Eldin Muratovic from

There are many ways to decorate a keepsake box without having to purchase materials. All you need is some type of old box whether paper or wood and items found around the house including buttons, old jewellery charms, shells, old wallpaper and cloth scraps. Hot glue guns or wood glue are best used on such boxes and will keep decorations in place. Keep boxes for yourself to place items of significance in or give as gifts to friends and family.

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Things you need

  • Hot glue gun
  • Paper or wooden box
  • Household items
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Search your house for an old box to be remade. Most types of boxes such as paper boxes (hat, cigarette, shoe) or an unfinished wooden boxes will work. Make sure the box is sturdy enough to last for years to come.

  2. 2

    Decorate with items you already own as you see fit. Both paper and wooden boxes can be decorated with sea shells and beach glass from shell collections you might own. Spell out names in beach glass.

  3. 3

    Decorate the box with old swatches of attractive wallpaper you might have lying around. Old letters, Victorian-style wrapping paper or velvet fabric are additional ways to decorate your keepsake box at no cost to you. Use satin and velvet to line the box.

  4. 4

    Rip out favourite pictures and words from magazines and glue all over box to form a collage. Pictures can also be glued inside the box as a different form of lining. You also can use buttons, charms and broken jewellery to decorate your box.

Tips and warnings

  • Painting the box is another option should you have access to a paint set.
  • Always use caution when working with a hot glue gun so as not to burn the skin.

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