Monday, February 19, 2024

DIY Child Memory Box

Hey friends! Are you drowning in children's artwork and various papers that you don't want to throw away but also aren't sure what to do with? I was! My daughter likes to display every little piece of art and her daycare and preschool send home so many keepsakes! I simply cannot display everything, so I needed to come up with a spot to put it all.

I picked up THIS file storage box from Walmart to get started. 

I designed a sticker for the front of the box with her name on it and cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo. The size sticker that ended up working best with our file box was 7"W x 3.25"H. You can purchase memory box decal + labels HERE.

My daughter's favorite color is purple, so I bought a pack of purple hanging file folders to go inside. The file folders come with clear poly tabs and have replaceable white tab inserts. I used my label maker to print labels to stick to the white tab inserts. I chose to do labels with her age and the accommodating years on the labels until she starts school, since we aren't sure what year she will start Kindergarten yet. Then I will add labels for each grade and the accommodating years.

So far things I have put in her box are:
  • Printed lyrics of her favorite songs we sing at night before bed
  • The first page or two of her after visit summary reports from her doctor appointments - they show her weight, height, etc.
  • Artwork that she made, especially seasonal, art with handprints or footprints, or that she asks specifically to put in her box
  • Family Christmas cards from that year
  • Birthday party invitations from that year
  • School pictures from that year

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