DIY Keepsake Box


I can feel my heart beating.


I know this one is good 🙂

I’m usually in the “it’s okay” zone before I post, but not this time.

This is definitely one of my favorite projects… ever.

I had no idea how much I was going to love this “DIY Keepsake Box”.

I found the box at the THRIFT STORE!

Here she is…

DIY Keepsake Box

She started out looking tired, and, well…ugly.

She was $3.99.

Keepsake Box

I actually thought the price was rather high.

Not anymore.

This baby is worth thousands now 🙂

Possibly millions {wink}.

DIY Keepsake Box-so easy!

My thought process changed a couple times throughout the project.

I knew I wanted it black, that was easy.

(I used Rust-olium Painters Touch Gloss/Black Paint from Home Depot)

I also envisioned using silver tacks to trim the edges.

That became too difficult, and loud with the hammer.

Then I remembered I had these self adhesive crystals I found at Michaels.

They are so easy to use.  Anyone can do it.

The square ones I glued on with a glue gun.

Keepsake Box Gems

Easy Keepsake Box Idea from

Pretty DIY Keepsake Box

Then came the photo part.

I was going to keep it very simple with the one photo of my hubby in his red fire truck.

As you can see I got carried away.

Rick was out of town when I did this part and I had realized it was our

“1st date 25th anniversary”.

I went straight for our wedding album.

I scanned my favorite photos and printed them out.

I knew black & white would work best and give it that vintage feel.

 I looked around the house to find something to adhere them to the box.

I found some old “wall paper seam repair” and brushed it on the backs hoping it would work.

It worked like a charm.

Better than modge podge.

Then I added a special photo inside the Keepsake Box and framed it with crystals.

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We will cherish this box for years to come.

It will be passed down to our girls.

Hey, it would also make a beautiful gift for Valentine’s Day, or any occasion.

What’s really cool, is that I can switch out the ribbon for any holiday or occasion.

Here it is in white which would be perfect for a wedding anniversary.

Keepsake Wedding Box

Right now I have it in our foyer.

I think I’m in love.

Beautiful (easy) Keepsake Box Idea

Keepsake Box Before & After

See you next time 🙂

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28 Responses

  1. debbiedoos says:

    That is so so special Julie, and beautiful!

  2. Pat says:

    I love it! I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it for a long time to come.


  3. Leslee rau says:

    What a wonderful heirloom you created! To think it started with someone’s cast off box. You never cease to touch my heart strings. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Rita says:

    Julie, I love your keepsakes box! It turned out so beautiful and I am sure that it will always be cherished!

  5. Juliet says:

    That really is a beautiful piece! Love those crystals from Michaels- I’ve been using them to add some sparkle to the plain black photo boxes Michael’s keeps having on sale for $2 each! Great for organizing supplies in my office!

  6. What a great idea and it turned out just beautiful!

  7. Jessica says:

    I love this! Such a great gift idea.

  8. Bling is always a good thing!

  9. Debbie says:

    Love it! What a beautiful place to keep memories!

  10. This is just beautiful, Julie!! Fantastic job – I love it! Pinned. XO

  11. This is so pretty, Julie, and I love the sentiment attached to it. p.s. My hubs glanced over my shoulder and said, ‘that’s so pretty!’ ~ he has 5 sisters so he has a good sense for these things! pinning this beauty

  12. Sue J says:

    Love this, Julie! I’m in the process of upcycling a box of my own. Did you ever see any of the uncut versions of the Harry Potter films? In one of the scenes that didn’t make the final film, Lucius Malfoy goes to Diagon Alley to sell some items out of a beautifully ornate black box. I’m almost there. Just a few more embellishments and some black velvet lining to go, which I’m hoping to score tomorrow during a trip to the charity (thrift) shop! If I happen to find another box while I’m there, I’m thinking photos would be fab 🙂 Sue via All Things Thrifted

  13. Beth Patterson says:

    Love love love this, Julie!
    I am such a romantic! Gotta find a box! Later…

  14. Beautifully done. I’m adding this to my list of ‘Thing to Do’.

    Thanks again,

  15. Ivory says:

    Yeah, that’s right, you nailed it. Fabulous job.

  16. Connie says:

    So precious and heartwarming!

  17. va says:

    Just precious…..I must do this.
    Your ideas always inspire, thank you!

  18. Patricia says:

    This is great and at a good time for me. I have three boxes about the same!

  19. Ivory says:

    I love this idea, and what a beautiful idea to use as keepsakes to hand down to your fabulous daughters. You are a sweet mom. I love this, and would have love receiving something as beautiful as this from my mom. You rock!!!

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