Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baby Week: Memory Box

I am the only one of The Polka-Dot Umbrella ladies that doesn't have children.  So the extent of my knowledge is giving gifts.  A couple years ago, one of my friends was expecting.  For the first little while she had to be on bedrest.  I felt so bad that she was just sitting at home bored.  So I started to rack my brain about something I could make her.  I came up with a memory box.  I always have the best intentions of scrapbooking, but my pictures just end up sitting in a box.  So I thought, why not make that box a pretty one!

Another one of my friends is pregnant, and I figured, why not continue the tradition.  She just found out she is having a boy so we had to make a blue box for her little man!

This would be a nice gift to give at the beginning of the pregnancy.  This way they have a place to keep all the fun little memories throughout the whole journey.

First, I bought a paper mache box from a craft store.  I had a 40% off coupon so this box only cost me $6. Not bad, right?!  Once I had my box, I measured it and cut my paper to the right size.  I used spray glue to stick on the paper.  After I decorated it with stamps and stickers, I Mod Podged the whole thing.  Once it was dry, I added the items I didn't want covered with Mod Podge, like the string and metal work.   

This was super simple and fun to make.  I love coordinating all the colors and designing it how I want. 

Here are some ideas for what you could put in it. 
  • Ultrasound (pictures or DVDs)
  • Shower invitations
  • Pictures
  • Gift lists
  • Fabric scraps
  • Announcements
  • Notes

 I hope this inspires you to make your own memory box, either as a gift or for yourself.  I am sure you can all see the potential.  Happy baby week everyone!

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Denise said...

That is such a cute idea. I'm definitely going to try it.

Stacey - Elle Belle said...

Really great idea... there are just so many little bits of memborabelia a new Mom accumulates for a new baby, this would be perfect!

By the Bluegrass said...

How sweet of you to be thinking of others with kids! I love this and can not imagine a better gift for an expectant mom.

Kara @ Nest Candy said...

I love this super cute box! I featured it on my blog @

Thanks for all the fun, Erica!


LambAround said...

This is such a sweet idea! Your memory box looks great. If you get a chance, I'd love for you to link this up to my Not "Baaad" (get it?) blog hop, which features a competition for the Best in Show award :)

Ma Heather and Pa Craig said...

I LOVE my memory box! You are so talented. I will always cherish it. And what you put in it for my bedrest was awesome, it really kept me entertained!

Donna H. said...

Very cute! I have 3 such round boxes that have been waiting to be decorated, so it was helpful to see how you did yours. :)

Mod Podge Amy said...

I LOVE these! Paper mache doesn't get Mod Podged enough, in my humble opinion. :D