Frugal Crafts & Homemade Gifts
by Angie Chavez
This is a special gift idea for preserving the memory of a loved one. The sample project is a memory box of my grandmother. I made it as a gift for my mother. More...
Shadow Box or
* A paintbrush,
because my grandmother loved to paint.
Print some photos or stories typed out on vellum, then layer a photo behind them. This would be especially meaningful if you type your memories of the photo on vellum, then place the photo behind it. Bible verses, songs, etc., also work well. Scrapbook stores carry many embellishments that add character to the Heritage Box. Use scrapbook tape or adhesive for photos and lightweight items.
I used a stronger craft glue for heavier items (in moderation, so it wouldn't run down the page). If you can't make all the items fit, make color photocopies and reduce the size. This also works well if you don't want to part with a treasured keepsake - you can make a scan of the item instead. I placed the black scrapbook paper behind the actual item when I scanned it, so that any color showing through would match the background.
Other than purchasing a photo frame or shadow box, very little expense is involved because most of the items are ones you would already have from the loved one. Some supplies such as scrapbook paper, adhesives and copying costs might also be incurred.
Don't forget to
use coupons for craft centers to purchase the shadow box and check thrift stores
and yard sales for vintage-looking frames.
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