So lately I've been trying to think of some crafty ways to make use of all the photos that are sitting on my laptop, and since Valentines day is coming up I thought I'd make a pretty personalised decoupage memory box using pretty floral papers and old photos! This project is super easy, making it an ideal craft project for kids too. This would make a lovely thoughtful pressie for any occasion as you can really personalise it with photos, old love letters, maps, or simply your favourite fings! It's my mummy's birthday on Valentines day so this box is going to be a surprise for her (providing she doesn't read this first!) it features photographs of all the wonderful women from my mums family, from both past and present. A lovely way to remember them I think.
What you will need ...
A box - Any box will do, ideally made of wood or cardboard.
A few sheets of floral paper - Often it comes free with craft magazines, or pop into your nearest Hobbycraft for some floral decoupage paper or wrapping paper would be fine too.
Some photographs printed onto regular plain A4 paper - Most printers now are laserjet which is ideal, if you use an inkjet printed it may run!
PVA glue & paintbrush - You can use Mod podge or regular PVA in your preferred finish, I like matt.
An old book - Thankfully this one already had pages missing!
Tear up your floral paper, book and photographs. You could use scissors if you'd prefer but tearing gives a much nicer, smoother finish.
Start in one corner, and apply some glue to the box, place a piece of paper on the glue, then put a layer of glue on top of the paper. That, in a nutshell is decoupage. Then slowly work your way over the rest of the area, alternating between each of the pieces pieces to give a nice contrast. My method was to cover an area with just the florals and writing paper, then place the photo in the middle. However, there really is no right way, just be creative and have fun with it.
If possible try and fold / glue the edges around as you go. Then when you've finished one side, give it another good, thick coat of a glue all over. Don't worry if it looks white, PVA will dry clear. Leave it to dry overnight, then do the other side the following day, followed by the edges.