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great christmas gift ideas
I started making memory boxes christmas theemed. I took Bola wine
boxes from local store and used christmas cards and wrapping paper my mother in
law saved since the 1930's to decorate and make special. I now have 10 boxes
made and they turned out better than I imagined. I did the inside with many
wishes cut out from the cards...a little paint and decupage with some
enbelishments...everyone who sees them loves them!
The first
step is to find a wooden box clean and sand if need be. Gather old christmas
cards, wrapping paper, ribbons, glitter, paints and anything else you can think
of to decorate your box. Lay out your designs for all sides and inside of box.
Paint the box the colors you want add glitter for stars or snow. Cut out your
designs and glue them onto the box. Have fun and let the kid in you out! make
sure you allow all layers of paint and glue to dry befor adding a new layer. In
the end when it is all done add modge podge in 2-3 layers for sheen and to
protect it forever! Obviously you can make your box any theem or design other
than christmas ...only you know what others may love and what you may
have.
Seen below is my first box.... the santa was actually an
ad that i found from 1954 that was in with grandmas cards. the tree was a card
from the 70's and the snowman was from a card to my hubby from the late 50's. I
cut out the flowers from wrapping paper and the star was a foil star from my art
stuff. on the front side the boarder was made from a christmas napkin i liked
and saved.....too funny but it looks great! use what you have and be
creative!

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