No matter whether it’s a photo, ticket stub, seashell, or makeshift bracelet you shouldn’t have to forfeit the best experiences of your life just because you don’t have a memory box to put them in. That’s why we’ve compiled these 10 creative ways to make your own – so that you can store away all the things that mean the most to you.
1. Use An Old Shoe Box.
Shoe boxes always seem to take up an insignificant amount of space – no matter whether you’re recycling the cardboard – or tossing it all together. In other words, why not make your life a whole lot easier by using one of them to construct a memory box? Fortunately, they are extremely versatile – allowing you to revamp them in any way that you’d like – through the use of stencils, rhinestones, spray paint, and other such tools. The best part about this is that both the box and lid are already made for you.
2. Use An Old Briefcase.
If you’re looking for something a little more vintage than try using an old briefcase; you won’t regret it. In fact, this will give you the opportunity to be even more creative – by going the extra mile – and incorporating polaroids. Then, once you’ve collected all of your favorites you can pin them wherever you’d like so that they can be the first thing you see when you open up your case. You can even go as far as propping it open – on the top of your dresser – as a display case for the times when you want to look back on good memories.
3. Use A Chest.
If you like the idea of using a briefcase to create your memory box – but want something with a little more room – than use a chest/trunk. This is perfect if you’re wanting to store bigger items – or just have a lot of memories that you’re interested in keeping. Maybe you plan on carrying out the family tradition – by collecting one stuffed animal per year for the rest of your life; either way – no matter the size – the bigger the chest the better.
4. Use A Book.
This isn’t one that you would typically think of right off the bat, but it is definitely worth the amount of work that you put into it. The first thing that you need to do – in order to complete this – is cut a rectangle into the center of your book’s pages; you’ll also want to make sure that you’ve invested in a hardcover book – that is sturdy – since the cover will serve as the box component. Measuring out the rectangle – with a ruler – is of equal importance so that your cut doesn’t come out crooked; take your time as you manipulate cause the more patient that you are the better your memory box will look.
5. Use An Old Book Collection Cover.
If you don’t feel comfortable cutting into a book – because of your love for reading, or the fear of screwing up your craft altogether – then you might want to consider using an old book collection cover. The best part about this is that it’s already in the shape of a square – so that not much else is needed on your end.
6. Use An Old Popcorn/Candy Tin.
An old popcorn/candy tin serves as a great item to do this with due to its rounded shape. Not only that, but it adds extra protection to all of your memories – in the case of a spill, or other similar mishaps. Fortunately, the metal is quite durable – and a lot more likely to withstand the years to come. Then – when it comes time to add a new souvenir – all you have to do is pop the top, and drop it in the tin with no hassle.
7. Use A Childhood Music Box.
What better way is there to use your childhood music box if not as a safe haven for all of your most precious memories. The best part about it is that you can place photos – of you and the giver – in its interior. Then when you open the top lid and see all of your keepsakes, you can look back and reflect on each one.
8. Use An Old School Box.
If you’re looking for something a little more nostalgic than deck out one of your old pencil boxes. You can add bedazzle – or practically anything that you want; what’s nice about this is the durable latch. Then, even if your box gets tossed to and fro – none of the contains within will spill out, and onto the floor. This will ensure that they are being protected all of the time – rather than some of the time.
9. Use A Large Q-Tip Box.
A large Q-Tip Container may seem less than ideal when in reality it can be one of the most beneficial photo dispensaries. Not only that but it also takes the least amount of downtime to decorate. In fact, this idea’s a unique alternative – due to the convenience of the flap that tears at the top. Upon lifting it up you can treat it like a little makeshift slot for all of your memories.
10. Use An Old Shipping Box.
If your budget is tight right now then what better way is there to kill two birds with one stone? Once you’ve received a package take the opportunity to make use of the box – as long as it’s in good condition. If it’s creased – or the sides are crushed – then you’re better off throwing it away; the last thing you want is the outward appearance of your box to look anything but chic.
We hope these 10 creative ways to make a memory box help you in storing your own special days. Don’t forget to share – and let us know your favorites – in the comments below!
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Whitney is a senior at Missouri State University - majoring in English/Creative Writing and minoring in Journalism. In her free time she enjoys freelance writing - and creating content for her blog. She writes to encourage/uplift others - and hopes to one day have her own magazine column.