Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Wedding Day Memory Box

Good People can look forward to a bright future.
-Proverbs 13:9 NCV

Our niece was married over the past weekend. It was a glorious day, blue skies, blue water, green mountains-just a perfect day for a wedding. As a request from the bride, I was asked to make a wedding box similar to the one I made for our daughter Danielle. The problem I found was that I could not find one of the small wooden decorator trunks to make over. After weeks of searching we settled on an unfinished miniature country style toy box. You know the kind rippled front with curved rounded sides that are used to use when you sit on it.  My husband cut the rounded "handles" off the sides so that the toy box would be flush with the top. I then sanded the front to take out the wave type of ripples on the front edge until that had a smooth and even lid.  To make this toy box more of an elegant trunk we added decorative trim sized for the box.

After measuring and cutting the trim attach it to the box. To attach it, we drilled small holes to tack the pieces on with brads. Use wood glue on the back of the trim piece, place it in position and then tack it. Make use any extra glue that seeps out is wiped off before it dries.

When all the trim is in place and dried. Prime the box. You can paint your box to match the wedding colors. In this case silver was requested. The wedding date was added to the box using a scrapbook metal frame. The blue paper with the wedding date is one of the colors of the wedding. Glue it in place. Add scrap booking stick on pearls to finish embellishing the piece. A beautiful keepsake.

This year has brought many blessings to the next generation of family and friends. A request came in from my daughter's maid of honor. She became engaged this year and will marry on the Island of Belize, which is the home of her intended. The request was to create a guest book and purse for the bride using pieces from her Aunt's wedding gown. I am so excited to start this project. I believe it has been a year since I picked up a needle and thread. The next few blogs will reveal this gift- both the creation for the bride and the gift the request has given me to start embroidering again.  Thank you Heather!

Until next time...


  1. What a lovely idea, and it turned out BEAUTIFULLY, and I am so very happy that you have not only picked up a needle and thread, but your blogger's pen! Much love to you friend, your talent and creativity inspire me!

  2. Hi Debra,

    What a wonderful keepsake you have made for the newlyweds, one they will be able to treasure.
    I look forward to seeing the guest book and purse made from the Aunts wedding gown ( such a great idea. So glad that you have picked up needle and thread again.
    Wishing you a wonderful week

  3. The happy bride now has a beautiful box in which to store precious mementos of her special day. So pleased to read that you will be using needle and thread again and I can't wait to see what you make from such a treasured garment. Ann :-)


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