If you read my other blog, you might already know that my daughter collects shiny things and stones – quite a vague description of her collection I know but she literally has a box filled with everything from sparkly stones to interesting pebbles she’s found when we’re out and about!
She used to keep them in random boxes / drawers / piles in her bedroom until I made her a special box to put them all in last year.
To be fair, I didn’t actually make the box myself, it was just a plain wooden box that I decorated with some paints I had in the house but every time she shows someone (which is often as she LOVES it and really does treasure it) she tells them that I made it for her
A year later and it’s still one of her favourite things – she’s filled it with her special rock and sparkly collections, added in some buttons that she used to play with at my Mam’s house and she still has my Mam’s old mobile phone which I gave her just after she died. As a toddler she used to use it to talk to my Mam in heaven and even though she doesn’t do that anymore, it still gets a place in her special box.
I think it’s a lovely idea for a gift for someone and I’m thinking about making my son one for Christmas to keep his Lego mini figures in – I’m sure I could do some sort of Lego brick design. I could even do a bit of decoupage by using some PVA glue to cover it in Lego stickers or pictures and then a quick coat of varnish to seal it.
You can probably buy wooden boxes all over the place but I know that eBay is a great place to get one – if you do a search for plain wooden boxes you get a massive choice in size and shapes, all of which are quite reasonably priced. You could buy a smaller one toget the kids to decorate as a trinket box for their grandparents, a treasure chest shaped one for you to decorate and fill with gold coins and other pirate related presents or even one with a lock to decorate as a jewellery box.