Keepsake Box - FamilyEducation

Keepsake Box

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

This art activity box can be used to store photos, jewelry, or other treasures.

Use this box to store photos, jewelry, or other treasures.


  • Tissue paper, patterned or in complementary colors
  • Sponge brush
  • Decoupage glue
  • Small box with removable lid
  • Three disposable cups
  • Craft glue or glue gun (optional)
  • Dried or silk flowers (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Metallic-ink pen or permanent marker (optional)


  1. Have your child tear the tissue paper into small pieces.
  2. Use the sponge brush to paint a thin layer of decoupage glue on the outside of the box lid.
  3. Have your child quickly cover the glue with overlapping tissue pieces. (If your child works slowly, use only a little glue at a time.)
  4. When the lid is covered to your child?s satisfaction, balance it on a disposable cup to dry for about an hour.
  5. Repeat the process above for the sides of the box.
  6. Balance it on two disposable cups to dry for an hour, then flip it over and do the same for the bottom of the box.
  7. If you like, decorate the lid by gluing on dried or silk flowers tied with ribbon. You can also use a metallic-ink pen or permanent marker to write a label on the box, such as "Emily's Treasures" or "Grandma's Photos."