Memory Boxes…

So i saw this pin a while ago and knew i wanted to replicate it once my trip was over this past summer. 
{which i just now realized i never finished posting about…hmm…maybe i’ll write a few more posts}
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I ended up going to Michaels craft store to see what kind of boxes they had in stock. 
Truthfully i couldn’t find anything that had a flat front (without hinges or a lock) so i landed on these two boxes. I wish they were a bit longer so all of my maps could fit in without me having to fold them – but you make do with what you can find right?
I used some of my sample paint jars from when i was deciding what to paint the foyer hallway.
I wanted a “washed” look on the boxes so the wood grain would show through a little.
In order to get that look i grabbed a plastic cup with some water and some paper towels. 
I used one of my sponge brushes, dipped it in paint, then water, dabbed a little on the paper towel and started painting the box, easy peasy.  

I had bought some stencil letters to make “scotland” & “ireland” all professional and pretty.
Wouldn’t you know that i could not find them when it was time for me to write on the box.
So i said screw it and just freehanded some bubble letters.
Are the perfect? heck no – but they work for now!
I used some paint pens i happened to have in my craft box – i currently can’t remember which kind.

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I could see so many uses for boxes like this – a graduation party, babies first birthday, wedding cards…the possibilities are endless. I will definitely be making more as the years (and trips) go on.

So that was one of my latest little diy projects.
Have you done any diy lately?

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