Kid’s Crafty Keepsake Box

Hello everyone!!  Kymona here!!  How many of you have children or children in your life that you travel with?  I have two, a 18 year old son and a 9 year old daughter and we travel all the time.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, we will hit the open road very soon.

My son is self-sufficient now but my daughter has her things all over the place.  When we travel she can’t find half of her belongings.

So I decided that she needs a one stop shop for her crafting supplies that she could use at home and on the road.  Walnut Hollow products are perfect for creating unique, custom home decor and DIY projects for kids. 

Take a look at what I created for her:

Take a look at the inside:

See, a one stop shop for all of her crafty supplies for home and travel.

Let me show you how you can recreate this box for yourself or a little one in your life.

Take a look at all of the supplies plus the Keepsake Box the you need for this project:

You need:

  1. (1) Walnut Hallow Keepsake Box
  2. (2) bottles of  acrylic paint, any color that you fancy
  3. (1-2) sponge paintbrushes
  4. Glue Dots
  5. Strong holding adheasive
  6. (1) 6 x 8 inch frame
  7.  A couple of coloring pages from Adornit
  8. Hooks and Tabs

Step one:

Paint the Keepsake Box with your base color. Walnut Hollow products are easy to use and customize.

Make sure you paint the inside edges of the box as well.

Please allow the box to dry before you close it, otherwise the box will dry shut.

Step Two:

Note: The frame that I used to create the holder for this box was take apart prior to me adding any glue.

You have to add glue to the side of the frame that will adhere to the side of the box, not the side that sits on top of the box.  If you glue the wrong side, the coloring sheets will not slide in.

Step Three:

Add the frame pieces to the box one at a time.

Step Four:

While the frame panels dry, paint the letters that you will add to the front of the box, any color you desire. I didn’t get to photograph the painting of the letters.

Once the letters are dry, turn them over and add strong adhesive to the back.

Note: Before you add adhesive to the letters, lay them out on the box so you know where each letter will be placed. It eliminates the guess work. 

Step Five:

Add each letter to the box, one at a time.  I started with the first and the last letter.

Step Six:

Now onto the fun part.  Cut your coloring page to fit inside the frame. This coloring sheet was cut to 6.50 by 8.50. Slide the page into up place.

Perfect fit.  The letters do not get in the way at all.  They are thin enough for the pages to slide past them and they are big enough to stop the pages from falling out.

Step Seven:

Decorating the frame is easy.

Add a couple of embellishments around the frame, will give the entire box a personality.

Now its time to add crafty stuff inside.

Step Eight:

Add all of your coloring supplies inside the box.

Step Nine:

To keep the coloring pages safe and clean.  Add a protective slip to the inside cover with glue dots. That way the plastic stays in place.

Add the extra coloring pages to the protective sheets.

Add a hook and tab closure to keep them in place.


Creating this box took about an hour, which included drying time.

Take a look at my daughter using her new box:

She changed out the coloring page for one she wanted to color.

Getting her coloring done.

I’m so excited about my daughter new Crafty Keepsake Box!! She will have tons of fun where ever she goes with this box.  No more, “are we there yet”!!

What do you think?  Would you or your little benefit from a box like this?  I would love to hear from you, let me know what you think below.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the Walnut Hollow Instagram for tons more inspiration and project ideas!

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Kymona Tracey specializes in paper crafting, knitting, and is slowing learning brush lettering which you will find on her blog Kreative Kymona.  Kymona’t style is clean and simple and she creates at midnight when her best ideas shows up!!


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Tea Box – Handmade Holidays 2014

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Tea Box

Handmade Tea Box

My daughter loves tea and I love Graphic 45® – so it was just meant to be that I make a tea box for her as a gift using Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea papers (12 x 12 pad and 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids Pad) and accessories. I used the Walnut Hollow Keepsake Box for the Tea Box.

IMG_2290I began the project by using a large flat brush to basecoat the entire box – inside and outside – with DecoArt® Americana® Chalky Finish New Life (green). I also painted 2 white strips of foam core board (1 3/8” x 6 5/8”) with New Life.


While it was drying, I cut the Graphic 45 papers to fit the top, (dots) 10 ½” x 6 ¾”, (Botanical Tea) 6” x 6”, and (Love Note) 4” x 6”. Cut the papers for the sides (4 strips from 6” x 6” stripe) 1 ½” x 6”. Cut paper for the inside (2) 4” x 6” Love Notes and (2) 6” x 6” papers of your choice.


I like Tombow® adhesives. I used Xtreme® to adhere all of the papers to the painted wood. I used MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the trim on the top of the box and around the top IMG_2288

I used Xtreme adhesive to adhere the papers and MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the painted green foam core dividers for the tea.


The final touch was added with the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Stickers. I’m sure my daughter will enjoy her Tea Box – made especially for her!


Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

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Clearsnap – Suzanne Austin

Stencil1 – Ed Roth 

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Cookies for Breakfast- Beth Pingry 

Cupcakes and Crinoline – Mary Beth Sharkey 

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Frances Byrne

Lazy Mom’s – Joanna Grzeszczak

Homemade Ginger – Megan Kapple

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Asia King

Ellison Educational Equipment – Anna-Karin Evaldsson

One Artsy Mama- Amy Latta

Therm O Web – Alice G0lden

Lovely Etc – Carrie Spalding

ICE Resin – Clare Horner

Pink and Main – Yolie Burke

The Buckle Boutique – Stephanie Nericcio

Modern Surrealist – Marisa Pawelko

A Little Craft In Your Day – Tanner Bell 

Artsy Findings – Cheryl Waters

Stampin Mindy – Mindy Baxter


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Monthly Card Box

Month Card BoxI wanted a place to keep cards, as I made them, for various special occasions. I found monthly calendar pockets from Studio Calico that could be added to a storage box to remind me each month that there was a card ready inside to send or give with a gift.

I started my project with the Keepsake Box (, however there are several other boxes that would work as well. I like this box because it has enough room to hold several cards and any size card that I want to make.


As we’ve talked about before, I love using Tattered Angels® Glimmer Mist colors ( You can choose whatever you like – I chose Bahama Blue. Simply mist the entire box with the Glimmer Mist you prefer. Once the box is dry, use Tombow® MONO Aqua Glue ( to adhere the calendar pockets that have a small bow tied at the top onto the top of the box. As I placed a card into the box, I wrote the name of the person it was for on a piece of paper and slipped it into the appropriate monthly pocket. I circled the date on the pocket also.

Add color to the Glitter Sticker Chipboard Letters from American Crafts™ by just brushing Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze – I used Paradise Pink – onto each letter. Wipe off the excess with a paper towel. The letters have a dot design resist making them more fun than just plain letters.The brush comes right inside the small Glimmer Glaze bottle, like fingernail polish, so it’s very easy to use. The letters are stickers so just add them where you like once they are dry.

Month Card Box OpenAdd cards to the box as you make them – and don’t forget to circle the date on the pocket to help you remember to send them!

Month Card Box Open With Other Boxes

I wanted to organize my cards for the entire year – or at least have a place to put them when I made them for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc. I needed four boxes for the whole year – each for the celebrations and happenings for three months. Now onto organizing other areas……….where to start?!!!