By: Ann P. Lewis
Age: 3 and up
For some of us, keepsakes have to be easy or no keeping happens. My method requires 1) a pen, 2) paper, 3) a box. I simply scribble notes (see ideas below) and drop them, dated, in the box. Someday I may whip these choice scraps into an archival masterpiece, but probably not. I'd rather sprawl on the bed and read with my kids — no chronology, no calligraphy, no pressure.
What you'll need:
- A ruler
- A large shoe box with a lid
- Decorative paper or kid's artwork
- Scissors and a glue stick
- Clear Con-Tact paper
How to make it:
- Measure all the sides of the box and the lid. Measure the decorative paper or artwork to fit each panel of the box, 1/4 inch smaller than the margin on all sides. Cut the paper to size.
- Cover the back of one paper panel with glue. Glue the paper panel on the box, smoothing from the center out. Repeat with the remaining panels.
- Using the grid on the back of the Con-Tact paper, measure and cut Con-Tact paper panels the same size as the box panels.
- Peel off the backing, and one at a time, place Con-Tact paper panels over the decorative paper or artwork, smoothing from the center out. Do the same for the lid. Cut a slit in the lid's center if desired.
Originally published in Wondertime magazine.