A Way With Words

Quick and Easy Masculine Recycled Keepsake Box

May 12, 2018

Do you know who packages their products really well?  Tech companies.  Imagine the iPhone or iPad box – or any other electronic gadget… it’s usually in a really nice box – complete with that little magnetic flap.  So when my husband asked if I wanted his headphone box, of course I said yes!  I pulled out all my flower dies, thinking I was going to just pile on those 3D flowers for a really cute box and then I ended up with this super quick, clean, easy masculine recycled keepsake box.  Go figure! But it’s perfect because I have little boys who fill their pockets (and the washing machine) with little rocks, game pieces, and whatever else they find – and one can hope they will use something like this.  Read on to see how my plans got all turned around…



Step 1 – Measure dimensions of keepsake box and trim designer paper to leave a 1/16 edge.  I used Through the Lens Wood Grain.  Tip:  Since most of the surface of my box is plain black, I used that to my advantage by leaving the edges uncovered.  I used a black Copic marker to cover the bit of blue that went to the edge.  

Step 2 – Adhere paper to the sides of the box to cover any printing.  (I only had to cover 3 sides.) Use Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape so all edges of the paper will stay securely in place and to avoid any bubbles that might occur with wet glue. Tip: Using three separate pieces of paper for the covered sides will ensure that there is less wear and tear on the side pieces when the box is repeatedly opened and closed.

Step 3 – Die cut the word Memories 5 times from black cardstock. Glue them one on top of the other for a dimensional label. ***This was when I discovered I really liked the box so nice and clean, and changed my plans from flowers to just a couple of silver embellishments!***

Step 4 – Covered the back of silver metallic paper with Double Sided Adhesive Tape; die both leaves from the Pair of Leave 2 set.

Step 5 – Arrange and adhere all die cuts as shown.


I hope you like my project t and are inspired to recycle some boxes, because we know crafters love to organize!  I’m off to my husband’s office to see what else I can find…


Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Sturdy box to upcycle

Black cardstock

Silver metallic paper

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  • Rhea May 12, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Great idea for using up those boxes. Nice and clean design. I love it

  • Judi kauffman May 12, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Great project! You’re so right about those sturdy boxes. I save them, too.

    • Rhea May 12, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Great idea for using up those boxes. Nice and clean design. I love it

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