DIY Christmas Card Memory Box

DIY Christmas Card Memory Box

What You'll Need:

Christmas Card Photos from Past Years
Wooden Box
Acrylic Paint
Sponge Brush
Paint Brush
Scrapbook Paper
glossy Mod Podge
Mod Podge Brayer Kit

Courtesy of Ursula from Hand Made by Carmona
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Approximate Time: 1 Hour (Not Including Dry Time)

How to Make a DIY Christmas Card Memory Box

When the holiday season comes to a close, we take down the tree, package up the ornaments and put away the lights. But what about those leftover Christmas cards? This gorgeous memory box not only displays your Christmas card photos from years past, but is designed to hold treasured cards for years to come!
  • 1 Remove hardware Remove hardware

    Start by removing the hardware on your wooden box including hinges, latches, etc.

  • 2 Paint corners & edges Paint corners & edges

    Paint all the corners and edges of the box. Don't worry about the middle, you are going to cover any unpainted areas with scrapbook paper.

  • 3 Cut out pictures Cut out pictures

    While the paint dries, cut out the photocopies of your Christmas card pictures and old cards.

  • 4 Trace box outline onto paper Trace box outline onto paper

    Once the paint has dried, you'll place each side of the wooden box atop your scrapbook paper and trace the outline.

  • 5 Cut outline pieces Cut outline pieces

    Cut the outline pieces smaller than the traced area, you want the cutouts to leave a little margin where the painted box edges can be seen. Double check the size by laying each piece atop its designated side.

  • 6 Mod Podge scrapbook paper to box Mod Podge scrapbook paper to box

    Use the sponge brush to paint on a medium thick layer of Mod Podge onto 1 surface of your box. Next, paint a medium layer of Mod Podge onto the back of the scrapbook paper piece that matches that surface. Eyeball where it should be placed, and gently lower it into position. You'll be able to lift and reposition it if necessary or tweak by a couple of centimeters.

  • 7 Smooth scrapbook paper down Smooth scrapbook paper down

    Smooth the freshly applied scrapbook paper from the center out. Roll the brayer on top to endure there are no bubbles, or if working on the inside of the box, use the squeegee to smooth it out. Simply wipe up any excess Mod Podge that is squeezed out the edges.

  • 8 Cover all sides & let dry Cover all sides & let dry

    Once all of your sides are covered with scrapbook paper, let the box dry for 20 minutes.

  • 9 Smooth entire surface Smooth entire surface

    Determine where you want each photo, and whether any will overlap. Start with the bottom layer of photos, and add a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of each photo. Mod Podge a medium layer across the entire surface of the box side you will be working on. Add each photo and smooth outward from the center. Once all of the photos have been added to that surface, use the brayer to roll each photo flat. Do not use the squeegee on regular paper, or it may tear.

  • 10 Seal with layers of Mod Podge Seal with layers of Mod Podge

    Let the box dry for 20 Minutes, then add a layer of Mod Podge atop the photos and the entire surface. Add 2 to 3 layers of Mod Podge to each surface of the box, but be sure to let dry each layer dry for 20 minutes or it will cause bubbling.

  • 11 Reattach hardware Reattach hardware

    When your box is dried, reattach the hardware. The old hole will be buried under scrapbook paper and Mod Podge, so you will make all new holes.