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Kid’s Book Keepsake Box

by Amy Bowerman

Hi there!  Recently I had the pleasure of participating in the Thrifty Love Gift Exchange.  I was paired up with another blogger and we were sent out into the thrifty world to shop for each other.

a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut
I was paired up with Lesley from Recipe for Crazy.  After exchanging emails and visiting each others blogs we both had a pretty good idea of what to look for.  I was able to find a few things on Lesley’s wish list on my Thrift Store hunt but I also found a couple of items I knew I could make into an extra special gift for her.

Kid's Book Keepsake Box

Kid’s Book Keepsake Box

What I learned about Lesley from our email exchanges and visits to her lovely blog gave me the perfect idea to design a keepsake box for her and her two beautiful little girls.  I found this post by Lesley to be particularly inspiring.  It’s a wonderful read and I hope to create a similar post some day so that all of you can get to know me the way I have gotten to know Lesley…even if it is only through cyberspace :)

Would you like to know how I created this Kid’s Book Keepsake Box?  It’s super easy and makes a wonderful gift for a friend, family member, teacher and anyone in between!  I’ll take you through the steps but stay tuned for more thrifty gifts love at the end.

How to make a Kid’s Book Keepsake Box:

You Will Need-

Thrift Store Wooden Box

Thrift Store Wooden Box

Any box will do.  I happened to find this little guy for 2 bucks….right after I found this…

Thrift Store Children's Book

Thrift Store Children’s Book

I was so excited to find this Jumbo version of “Guess How Much I Love You.”  I have 4 copies of this book myself.  My favorite version is the Recordable one that me and my son recorded together.  He played the part of Little nut-brown hare and I was Big nut-brown hare.  This is one of my greatest treasures.  The large versions of the illustrations by Anita Jeram were the perfect size to Mod Podge to the wooden box.  I plan on framing a few of the other pages for my son’s room.

I’ve got the stuff, now what?

Kid's Book Keepsake Box Painting

Kid’s Book Keepsake Box Painting with Acrylic

During our email exchange I discovered that Lesley loves teal.  By combining Martha Stewart Satin paint in Beach Glass and Folk Art Metallic Blue Sapphire I was able to create the perfect shade of teal!

Kid's Book Keepsake Box Crackle Paint

Kid’s Book Keepsake Box with Crackle Paint Finish

How did I get that lovely crackle finish you ask?  This one I can’t take credit for.  Please visit Make the Best of Things for a fabulous tutorial on how to create this look without the high cost of crackle medium.  You’ll want to pin her tutorial…if you haven’t already :)

Kid's Book Keepsake Box Sanding

Sanding

No need to sand off the entire finish.  Just rough it up a bit to give the Mod Podge some grip.

Kraft Glassine and Alcohol Ink

Kraft Glassine and Alcohol Ink

Now we need to prepare our embellishments for the top of the box.  Kraft Glassine has many uses, I’ve even made flowers out of it.  For this project I decided to use it as a background to layer the “Guess How Much I Love You” images.

Kid's Book Keepsake Box Mod Podge

Just add Mod Podge

If Mod Podge were edible I think it could cure the common cold.  It certainly has been the “cure” for pretty much EVERY project I’ve ever created!

Kid's Book Keepsake Box Distress Ink

Distress your Edges

I distressed the edges of some of my papers to add texture.  Distess Ink in Peacock Feathers was added to bring them out…this is my new fave!

Kid's Book Keepsake Box More Mod Podge

More Mod Podge!

Sometimes you have to think INSIDE the box.  We don’t want to have a beautiful outside with a boring inside now do we?  I used text from “Guess How Much I Love You” and scraps of DCWV “Hippie Chick” paper left over from Paper Flower Hair Clips I made.

Kid's Book Keepsake Box Inside

It’s what’s on the inside that COUNTS!!

Another thing I learned about Lesley is that she is a Christian and likes anything with scripture.  It just so happens that I had some lovely vellum Scripture Quotes (DCWV) leftover from the Baby Keepsake Box I made for my sister and the Scrapbooks I made for my parent’s Foreign Exchange students.

Kid's Book Keepsake Box Vellum Scripture Quotes

Vellum Scripture Quotes from DCWV

Here’s a closer look at the scripture quotes I used.  These two seemed like the perfect addition to what I hope to be…the perfect gift!

Kid's Book Keepsake Box Top

Kid’s Book Keepsake Box

See how easy it is?  Before you rush off to create one of your own let me show you some of the other things I thrifted for Lesley…

Thrift Store Pyrex

Thrifty Gifts

Lesley likes vintage Pyrex and teal.  Now I know this Pyrex dish isn’t vintage per say buuuut it had a Daisy on it and some old lady totally gave me stink eye when I grabbed it…I win!!  While checking out I spied this cool geometric bangle.  Of course I had to make a box for it :)

Paper Flower Gift Box

Paper Flower Gift Box

Does altering the outside of boxes count as thinking “outside the box?”  I sure hope so!  This was a Filene’s Box originally.  It was altered with Mod Podge, tissue paper, Distress Ink, Sharpie….and you guessed it DCWV Hippie Chick scraps.  I recycle all of my packaging…down to the bubble wrap.  Stay tuned for upcoming tutorials on how to create these fun paper flower gift boxes.  I’ll also be showing  you how to up-cycle packaging to make your “Happy Mail”….well…happier.  For more ideas on how to recycle plain cardboard boxes into gift boxes check out this tutorial.

Y’all come back now ya hear?  Thanks for visiting :)

Have a gifted day!

Amy*

 

 

 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeannie March 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Can I order a keepsake box I would love one of these made but not so confident with myself doing it.

Thank you in advance for letting me know how I can purchase a keepsake book box.

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2 Sue December 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm

That’s not Pyrex, that’s Glasbake.

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3 lesley August 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

AMY!!! Thank you so much for my thrifted goodies! You are so amazing for going the extra mile and making something out of those finds. My girls and I will enjoy that keepsake box for years and the dish and bracelet are so great too. You are so talented!! Thanks.
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4 Anna-Karin July 28, 2012 at 4:10 am

Such a great idea! Love that you used glassine on the background, if formed a really cool nighttime sky. Love the crackles too, and the inside. Thank you for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

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5 Laura / Pet Scribbles July 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Love how the keepsake box turned out! There are so many special touches (and DIYs) to this project, yet you make it all look so easy! :) Thx for the awesome pics to show what you did up close!
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6 Amy Bowerman July 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Laura it WAS easy anyone can do it :) That crackle paint tutorial is pure GOLD and sanding the top of the box made Mod Podgeing a breeze! Glad you like it.

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7 Jessi @ Practically Functional July 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I love it, what a fabulous gift! I’m sure they loved it :-) Thanks so much for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!
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8 Shahrul Niza July 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Oh Amy, when I followed you thrifting that day and saw the wooden box and vintage children books, I knew something delightful would come out very soon!:). I was right. The project is fantastic … woohoo!. I loved the crackled bottom cover (the tutorial was awesome, thanks!). Can’t wait for the shelve!!. LOL. Hugs.
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