Elmer's Vacation Keepsake Box

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by Craft Marketing Connections Design Team

Elmer's Vacation Keepsake Box

Keep the fun (and the memories) going even after you've come home from vacation by making a box with cardstock, stickers, foam board and other craft supplies to display your shells, rocks and other trinkets collected on your trip.

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Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:a few hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    On foam board, draw and cut four 4-1/2" x 10" rectangles (these will be for the box's sides). Draw and cut two 10" x 11" rectangles (these will be for the base and top of box). Tip: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to cut deeper, with several passes of the knife. Replace blades often. Cut a piece of cardstock that fits each of your pieces of foam board and glue it on. Align the foam board pieces together to create a box. Glue them into place.
  • 2
    Cut two 10" and two 11" lengths of Blue gingham ribbon. Apply glue to top foam edge of box and attach lengths, overlapping at corners. Cut two 10" and two 11" lengths of Green gingham ribbon and glue to top surface of lid.
  • 3
    Pull apart one of the ornaments and trace around one side six times onto the lid. Cut approximately 1/4" down into foam board, following pencil line circles. Trace the side of one ornament onto Snowcap cardstock, making six circles and cut out. Glue Snowcap circles onto the box's lid, position memorabilia onto each Snowcap circle, then cover each circle with its own ornament half and glue the ornament into place.
  • 4
    Measure and mark 2" in from top left and right sides on lid. Hold each hinge in place and use a pencil to mark where its holes are. Push a pushpin in and back out of each hole and align hinge with holes. Place glue on the screw end, insert and gently tighten with screwdriver. Repeat with all screws and other hinge.
  • 5
    Glue a 6" piece of Blue gingham ribbon to the middle of the lid and let it hang over the sides. Glue shells to the each ribbon's ends to create a clasp to close the box.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:a few hours

Project Supplies

  • •Elmer's 20" x 30" x 1/2" Foam Board in White & Extra Strength Glue Stick
  • •X-ACTO Craft Knife (with Replacement Blades)
  • •Three of the Nicole™ Crafts Plastic Ball Ornaments (the ones that pry apart into two pieces) & a 8-1/2" x 11" Piece of Snowcap Cardstock
  • •Morex Gingham Ribbon in Both Blue and Green
  • •Several Pieces of Decorative Cardstock with Vacation Themes, Memorabilia such as Shells, Rocks and Pinecones, Two 1" x 1" Gold Hinges with Screws, Ruler, Pushpins & Screwdriver