Is your home overflowing with all the precious artworks, school pictures and everyday items that come along with having kids? If so, then you are not alone. These DIY memory box tips are great ways to start cherishing those memories!
I know how overwhelming it can be to keep everything organized and neat. As I talk about organizing these keepsake boxes, the rest of my house is becoming completely unorganized.
Now that we have a few children, it is more important than ever to start creating these DIY memory boxes for each child.
Since it was the start of the new year and organizing was on everyone’s mind, I decided to finally start a DIY memory keepsake box that I knew would help me stay organized for the next 18 or so years!
Finding The Right File Cabinet Container
My husband originally just wanted me to use an old, refurbished file cabinet we have in the basement. However, I wanted something that I could physically give my kids when they were older.
Setting these memory boxes up the right way now, will only make it easy to add important keepsakes as things come home.
Shop Plastic File Container Boxes
If you are like me, you will price shop around to find the best value for a plastic file container that works for you. Here are several that I would have considered buying.
- Banker’s Box from Walmart-I like the idea of a clear bin, however items may fade easier.
- Sterilite 18.5″ x 14″ Plastic File Box Clear/Black from Target-This is a great clear option as well, but it does not have a handle.
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How To Decorate
I wanted to keep the outside of my keepsake boxes pretty neat. The memory box design may change over time. For now, simply adding my child’s name was all that this needed.
How To Hand Draw Name Easily
You can use my easy letter transfer technique to place each of my kids’ names on their keepsake boxes. If you are a Circuit user then that would also be a great way to make a name decal.
Below you can see how great the letters transferred to the black plastic of this file container.
Step 1: Print out their name in a font and size you like.
Step 2: Scribble with a pencil on the back of the printout where the words are.
Step 3: Neatly tape the printout on the box and use a pencil or pen to trace the design.
Step 4: Take the tape off to see the graphite you transferred.
Step 5: Use a paint marker to fill in the lettering.
Create File Folders By Age
On the outside of each age file, I plan on putting a small school picture. I can’t wait to see how those pictures change over the years and I always have a few of those wallet-sized pictures left.
Write out labels and with labeling each folder by the grade/school year. When attaching the plastic label holders, I also found that attaching the next label two slots over creates a nice look in the box. This allowed us to see each age when the hanging folders were in the keepsake boxes.
I also may put a few notes about my child’s interests at the time. As my children get older, I may change these questions, but right now I think the questions might be:
Questions For The Outside Of Each Folder
Favorite thing to do:
Best Memory from this year:
Favorite TV Show:
On the front of each folder, you can add their school picture or your favorite picture at that age. We also added a baby photo book in the beginning since we started our memory box at age 3.
Will I ever get tired of looking at my children as babies?? You will need to make sure to purchase enough hanging folders for each grade or age you want.
What do you add to a child’s keepsake box?
There are so many different things to add to a memory box. Involve your child to help you pick which items they want to save.
11 Things To Add To Your Memory Box
1. Drawings and special school projects by Age and Grade
2. Report Cards
3. Sports Folder
4. School pictures and certificates
5. First locks of hair or first tooth
6. Baby books (I make one of these books for each of my kids to keep all of the precious pictures from the first years!)
7. Extra photographs
8. Old Birthday Invitations
9. Notes from teachers and other adults in their lives
10. Hospital Bracelets
11. School Year Books
It is fun to see your child’s memories organized!
I was able to fill my son’s 3-year-old with everything that I had saved from the previous year in my teal desk drawer. It really was fun and heartwarming to look at the school projects, report cards, and drawings. It truly did bring back so many memories.
I can only imagine how I will feel looking back on this priceless memory box in future years.
Finally, I now know that I did the hard work in getting organized now. I just plan on filling my drawer and periodically through the year filing keepsakes in my children’s memory boxes for years to come!
What is your favorite way to store your children’s keepsakes? I would love to hear any tips and organizational ideas that could go along with making these DIY memory boxes!
If you love this idea and are looking for a more professional way to display photos or memories, check out our DIY gallery wall. I love being able to see our memories every day.
I love my DIY memory boxes and hopefully, we inspired you to organize your precious keepsakes forever!
How To Make An Easy Memory Box
- Find a file cabinet box that works for you.
- Decorate box. Consider using a simple drawing transfer technique to apply child's name to the box.
- Place rainbow file folders in box.
- Use tabs to label each folder by grade or age.
- Add extra questions and answers to the outside folder.
- Place keepsakes in proper folder.
Other Keepsake Items To Consider
- Drawings and Special School Projects by Age and Grade
- Report Cards
- Sports Pictures, Rosters, Certificates
- School Pictures and Certificates
- First Locks of Hair
- First Tooth
- Baby Books (I make one of these books for each of my kids to keep all of the precious pictures from the first years!)
- Extra Photographs
- Old Birthday Invitations
- Notes from teachers and other adults in their lives
- Hospital Bracelets
- School Year Books