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Treasures & Memories Box

Welcome to Day 5 of May Arts / DCWV Blog Week!

Treasures & Memories Box


Hi all!  I hope you’re having a splendid Spring Day.  Here at May Arts, we’re celebrating another special blog week with our partner in crafts, DCWV.

DCWV, one of the leading paper and embellishment companies out there, along with May Arts ribbon, make it pretty easy to create something beautiful. Today I’m going to show you a beautiful Treasures & Memories Box I created to hold a few of my special mementos.


Here’s what you’ll need to create a special box of your own:


  • Small wood box with lid—available at Hobby Lobby
  • K & Company’s Amy Butler Adhesive Chipboard Letters with scalloped edge
  • Pearl Button


The first step in creating this decorative box is to cover the exterior with paper.  DCWV’s textured adhesive paper is great for this.  The textured surface adds to the look of your box and the adhesive back makes it easy to apply.

Remove the hinges from the box and trace each side of your box onto the textured cardstock.  Cut out your paper pieces, peel off the backing and adhere the adhesive paper to each surface area.



Next, open up your box.  The box I used had divided sections inside.



Using your decorative Mango Frost paper, cut out four pieces that will fit inside each divided section.  Since the Mango Frost paper collection included lots of beautiful designs, I choose four different patterns, some with glitter, for the inside of my box.



Once your paper pieces are cut, use your adhesive tape and position them in place.



Now, it’s time to add a little embellishment to the inside.  I wanted to create a pocket inside my box to hold special notes, fortunes and other small gems.  I used my satin pleated ribbon (379-15-04) to do this.  I added some adhesive tape to the short sides and along the bottom edge of the ribbon, and then positioned it at the bottom of one of my divided sections.  The top edge remained open, creating my pocket.



To add a little more detail to the inside, I cut pieces of the Bazzill Basics Cardstock Edge Strips and trimmed out two of my divided boxes.  I added a Jenni Bowlin vellum butterfly to one of the sections and K & Company scalloped letters to another (my initials).



Now, on to the outside of the box.  To give the box dimension, I wanted to create a ruffled ribbon banner to run across the top of the box.  First I cut a piece of my satin pleated ribbon (379-15-04) to fit across the box.  Then, I cut 2” long pieces of my white lace ribbon (390-15-09) to create the ruffle top.

With the satin ribbon placed face down, add adhesive squares all along the top edge.  Take a piece of your lace ribbon, scrunch it together at the bottom and adhere it to the top of your satin ribbon.  By scrunching your lace ribbon, you’re creating a ruffle.  Continue placing additional pieces of lace ribbon until you’ve covered the entire edge of your satin ribbon.  Glue the ribbon banner to the top of your wood box with a few adhesive squares.



Next, created a ribbon flower for the top of the box using the magenta moiré ribbon (QP25), DCWV adhesive textured paper, and the pearl button.



To create the base for my flower, I cut a quarter size circle out of a piece of DCWV adhesive textured paper.

To create the flower petals, I cut my moiré ribbon into 3” strips.

Peel the back off your adhesive paper, fold one ribbon strip in half, scrunch the open ends together and secure it to the back of the paper circle.  Continue with additional ribbon strips until the entire circle is covered.



Flip your ribbon flower to the right side and glue the pearl button in place.

The last step is to glue the ribbon flower to the top of your box and add a Creative Imaginations Journaling Frame.  My journaling frame had the word MEMORIES printed on it.  Perfect for my little project!



Lots of paper cutting, ribbon scrunching and gluing, but the end result is a treasure!

  1. {vicki}

    what a great place to store some memories

  2. Renee J.

    This memory box is so beautiful! Great work! The paper and ribbon match so perfectly!!

  3. DeniseB

    Love this project… looks like fun to create!

  4. f lynn rush

    love the bow…thank you for the tutorial.

  5. Anita A

    This is stunning!

  6. ellen s

    just love this idea! perfect!

  7. Holly Tolman

    wow, what a great place to store your memories

  8. Kelly massman

    So pretty and thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Sue D

    Fabulous treasure box–I like all the papers and embellishments you used.

  10. Jan Hennings

    So pretty and love the rich colors of the ribbons!

  11. Carol B

    Wow! Beautiful project, love all the detail.

    Carol B

  12. Lisa P

    So beautiful!

  13. Denise Johnson

    love the box cute idea

  14. Cheryl Arnold

    Love this idea, my niece has a very similar box she just purchased and I need to show this to her and go get me a box to decorate!

  15. Debbie Garcia

    Thanks for the fun tutorial. Beautifully done.!
    Wow is all I can say

  16. Kristie Maynard

    Now that is just beautiful. Love everything about it. Thanks for all the great instructions and ideas. I will definatly be using some of these great ideas in my projects!

  17. angie

    Very pretty, great job. Love the flower idea!

  18. Naomi A of Colorado

    Very cute! Need to make one!

  19. Lindy

    Beautiful box!!! Love how you did the inside!

  20. MARIA

    love the idea – no paint needed. I would love to make some of these – maybe adding some distress inks to all the edges of the papers on the outside of the box
    thanks for posting – I usually paint mine and just add ribbons

  21. Emma O.

    very cute box!

  22. Becky Dunham

    This is so precious! I love the way you decorated the inside and that little pocket is perfect. Definitely going to look for a box like this! Thanks for all of your great ideas this week!

  23. Carol

    Fabulous box, thank you for tutorial! Beautiful!

  24. Laura

    beautifulll!!! bellismo ;O)


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