Memorabilia and treasure gift boxes make great personalized gifts.

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Keep it simple so it’s easy for young children to make with adult supervision.

Or you can make them more intricate for teens and adults to enjoy the challenge.

Supplies:

Cigar, cardboard, or wooden boxes, photos, letters, decals, or magazine pictures, background papers, Mod Podge and paint brushes, material for trims and accessories, trinkets and treats.

Directions:

  • Find a good quality cigar box (wood or thick cardboard with folding lid is best. You can also buy wooden boxes on Amazon or use an old jewelry or shoe box.

  • Determine the theme of your box.

  • Find photos or magazine pictures you want to display on your box.

  • Cut photos in different shapes to create a collage.  Place tape on the box to layout their location or make a template sheet. Or you can apply one large picture.

  • Brush on the Mod Podge where you will be adding images and then brush Mod Podge over the photos. Elmer's Glue mixed with water can substitute for Mod Podge.

  • Carefully place the photo on the box and smooth out any bubbles.

  • After applying photos inside and out of your box.  Apply one more coat of Mod Podge everywhere on all sides.

  • Set your box out to dry thoroughly for a few days before hot gun gluing any accessories such as beads, small figures, or maybe a knob on the front.

  • Fill the inside of your box with trinkets and treats.

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