Creat­ing a trea­sure chest

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - LYDAS'S PROJECT -

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!

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