Creating a treasure chest
To make a child’s memory box, buy a good-quality wooden or metal chest; you want it to last a lifetime, or at least until your children leave home. I bought my boxes at Koko Classics (kokoclassics.com). Some chests already come fitted with internal drawers, trays and compartments. If they don’t, make your own by recycling the cutlery drawers out of old sideboard cupboards. I used a second-hand confectioner’s tray (still dusted with icing sugar) and cut strips of 25mm x 10mm dressed pine to make the dividers. Glue the dividers into place with a hot glue gun and paint with two coats of Resene Colorwood Whitewash for interior timbers. Screw supporting brackets or blocks of wood to the internal walls of the chest. If storing baby clothes or vintage linen for any length of time, slip in a small muslin bag of fresh bay leaves (Laurus nobilis). Unlike the moth balls of old, these keep insects away without tainting precious fabrics with the musty stench of toxic naphthalene. Most importantly, attach a padlock to the box – and don’t lose the key!