Make It: Kids' Art Embellished Keepsake Boxes

Mother's Day is just around the corner, but don't worry because these Kids' Art Embellished Keepsake boxes go together in a jiffy. If you're short on time, look for an already painted box like the one I found. If you don't mind adding a coat of paint yourself before the decoupage step, you can find wood boxes in assorted shapes and sizes at your local craft store.

Photocopies of Children's Artwork looks great decoupaged on Keepsake Boxes. Great gift idea!

How to Decoupage Children's Artwork onto a Keepsake Box

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Children's art is one of my favorite things and when I can use it to make memorable gifts, all the better! Here I found some small painted boxes in the Target dollar spot and decoupaged favorite artwork on the top to make an adorable keepsake box. Wouldn't one of these make great a great gift for mom or grandma? And they're inexpensive too!

Supplies Needed for Decoupaged Keepsake Box

  • Painted Wooden Box (mine measures 4 1/8 x 6 1/2" and are 4 1/2" high, $3 at Target)
  • Mod Podge or your favorite decoupage medium
  • sponge brush
  • copies of artwork sized to fit
  • optional: craft paint (if your box is unpainted), decorative paper or fabric, stamps and ink, decorative edge scissors

Start by commissioning a piece of art by your young artist or choose one from your extensive archive like I did:) Scan or photograph the finished piece and print to fit your box. Rebecca Cooper has some great tips for photographing children's art on her blog, Simple As That. For printing, I recommend using a laser printer or making a color photocopy at your local copy center. I use this Canon Laser printer at home. (In my experience, some inkjet prints will run when the decoupage medium is applied so better safe than sorry.)

Trim the copy to fit the top of the box. Try trimming the edge with scalloped scissors for a fun effect. If your artwork isn't a perfect fit, try some creative cropping, or add a quote or stamps to fill the space.

Apply a thin coat of decoupage medium to the top of your box. Smooth the artwork in place working from the center to remove bubbles. Coat the artwork with more decoupage medium and let dry. Apply additional coats according to package directions.

I think they look great as is, but you could add ribbon or other embellishments to complement your selected artwork or even line the box with fabric or decorative paper. Don't forget to add the child's name and age to the bottom or inside cover.

That's all there is to it! For a really special gift, tuck in a coordinating Kids' Artwork Pendant. Or some cute recipe cards or notecards would make a nice addition too.

I hope Mom likes it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

This project was originally shared on Landeelu, April 23, 2015.


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