Personalized Memory Box

Filed under Be Creative DIY Projects on May 31 12 by

Personalized Memory Box


  • Sturdy wooden box (mine is a cigar box found at an antique store)
  • Spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Razor blade or exacto knife
  • Cutting board
  • Hot glue or strong tape
  • Double-stick velcro strips
  • Sturdy fabric, such as vinyl, to line the bottom of the box
  • Pretty fabric to line the inside of the lid
  • Ribbon
  • Cardboard (must be large enough to fit inside the lid)


1. If you aren’t satisfied with the original color of your box, then sand and paint the exterior. I used bronze spray paint to give my box a metallic sheen.
Personalized Memory Box
2. Measure the inside of bottom of the box to find out the dimensions.

3. Using these dimensions, cut your first piece of fabric to the appropriate size. I used my measuring tape to mark the backside of the fabric for more precision.
Personalized Memory Box
4. After double-checking that your fabric fits, get four small pieces of the double-stick velcro. Peel off just ONE side of the plastic backing and stick each piece to a corner of the fabric. Then, pull off the other piece of plastic and carefully place the liner inside the box, pressing firmly on the velcro.

5. Now, measure the inside of the box lid. On a piece of cardboard, mark off the appropriate dimensions. Using a t-square for straight lines, carefully cut the cardboard using a razor blade or exacto knife. (Tip: If you have trouble holding the t-square in place while cutting, ask a friend or family member to hold it still for you).
Personalized Memory Box
6. Make sure the cardboard fits inside the lid snugly. Then, take your pretty fabric and cut it so that it’s about 3-4 inches wider and longer than the cardboard rectangle. Wrap the fabric around the cardboard and secure using sturdy tape or hot glue (I used clear packing tape). This is very similar to wrapping a Christmas present. Make sure you tuck in the corners of the fabric so that it doesn’t bunch.
Personalized Memory Box
7. Now, you are going to wrap the ribbon around your cardboard to create a “French memo board” effect. Tape or glue the ribbon into it’s starting position on the back of the board (Note: You will need to adjust the angle of the ribbon based on how narrow or wide you want your rows to appear). Then, wrap the ribbon around the box, making sure that the rows are evenly spaced. When you get back to the beginning, tape down the tail end. Additionally, tie the pieces of ribbon together before cutting off the tail. To make it easier to remove the board from the lid of the box, I added a small loop of beige ribbon as a pull-tab.
Personalized Memory Box
8. Optionally, I added a silver ribbon from one of my old cheerleading hairpieces as an extra decoration.
Personalized Memory Box
9. Fill your box with all of your special treasures and momentos. The ribbon board is the perfect way to showcase small items such as tickets and notes that would otherwise get lost in the bottom of the box.
Personalized Memory Box

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  • Allison Forshey

    AWWWWWWW! I love this! Especially the silver ribbon from our old hair bows:):):):)