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Keepsake Craft Ideas

Many of us have things sitting around the house that we’re not sure what to do with. Maybe it’s Grandma’s brooch. We’re not likely to wear it but we don’t want to part with it either. Maybe it’s a puzzle we’ve glued together but now we’re not sure were to put it. And what about those wall decals you bought for junior’s room? There must be someway to make use of those without slapping them willy-nilly on the wall. Surprise! We have a suggestion for each of those eventualities. Read on for some keepsake craft ideas.

Here’s a simple way to display old brooches. Start with an 8” x 10” wood-framed painting canvas and cover it with a dark piece of pre-cut felt. We found that we could use staples to secure the fabrics used, as the frame is made of a soft wood. Then, secure a sheer (or plain) white ribbon length-wise down the center of the felt and top that with a smaller piece of lacy sequined ribbon onto which you have attached three brooches at intervals. It isn’t permanent so, if you do decide you want to wear a brooch or pass it on to someone else, this idea will let you do that. The canvas was $1, the felt pieces are 3 for $1 and, if you don’t have any appropriate pieces of ribbon around, you can get that for $1 a roll, too.

This 9” x 7” puzzle was glued onto the same sized painting canvas, which was, in turn glued onto the front of a 8” x 10” frame mat (you can also use the same sized piece of cardboard.) Then we took the glass out of an 8” x 10” frame and inserted the picture. The result is a quasi-3D look. The frame, in this case, cost $2.


Make some inexpensive 3-D artwork for your child’s room using shadow box frames and some colorful wall decals. The 5” x 7” frame can be found in the craft aisle at most dollar stores. Paint it an appropriate color, add three or four decals to the back of the frame, in this case a sun, some corn stocks and a strip of grass, then slide the glass back into the frame and apply the main character directly onto the outside of the glass. 

The decals will stick to any smooth surface, come on a sheet of anywhere from 7 to 12 decals, depending on the sizes of each one and can be reused. At any rate, this project will only set you back $2 per piece of artwork. When your child outgrows barnyard critters, peel them off and reuse the frames for something else.


                     See Easy to Make Crafts for more keepsake craft ideas.












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