Random Crafts Of Kindness – Memory Box

memory box craft to remember grandmaEver read a friend’s Facebook status update and wish you could reach right through your screen and hold them in a tight hug? When I read this one from my dear friend Tara a few weeks ago it made me wish I could do that.

Allie was playing with a balloon my mom gave her almost 2 years ago. “Do you know who gave this to you?” I asked her. She guessed Amanda, Amy, William, and Old Grandma. “No, your Grandma gave that to you.” I said. “My Grandma?” she replied. “Who’s my Grandma?”

Tara is a blogger and friend and in that update she is speaking about her three year old daughter Allie not remembering her grandma, Tara’s mom who lost her battle with cancer a few months ago. I can’t imagine losing my mom but I do know what it’s like to grow up not knowing my grandmother. I also know that my mom was able to let me get to know my grandma through pictures and other treasures that we kept in a trunk in the basement. I loved going through that trunk and feeling close to a woman I never met.

When this opportunity for a sponsored post with Consumer Crafts about making a craft as a random act of kindness came up the day after that Facebook update I knew who I wanted to try to bless. I wanted to make Tara’s daughters a memory box that they could open and dig through and feel close to their grandma just like I did as a young girl.  Maybe you have someone who you want to share with your kids, I can’t encourage you enough to make a memory box or something similar that your children can discover and get to know this person themselves.

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You’ll Need:

All of the supplies totaled came to under $20

I wanted to surprise Tara with this but decided to contact her because I wanted to make sure that she was OK with me sharing her story and including it in a sponsored post. It gave me a chance to  find out more about her mom like what her favorite color was ( red) and that she loved flowers. It also let me ask for favorite photos to include which I poured over .  Love is everywhere in these photos.

Once all the supplies from Consumer Crafts arrived it only took 30 minutes to turn all these supplies into a special place for Tara and her girls to reconnect with her mom.

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Start by painting the box inside and out. I chose silver because it was special but still a soft color. I used a sponge brush to get a light even coat. I only did one coat but do as many as you feel are needed for the color you want.

Next I used the glue gun to add the flowers. I have three flowers representing Tara , Grace and Allie.memory box 5

Next add on the rhinestones. I loved digging through my Gran’s jewelry as a little girl and hope that this box can feel a little like that for Grace and Allie.

I added more flowers on the inside of the box for extra flair.memory box 4

Once everything was dry I added some pictures too.

I will be sending this to Tara ASAP and hopefully in it’s own little way it will help her keep the memory of her mom alive for her precious girls.

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 As stated this post is part of a paid campaign with Consumer Crafts and Blue Print Social.

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