I’ve been attempting to de-clutter lately. Honestly it feels like I’ve been de-cluttering for the past year of my life lol. Dan blames it on the fact that when I drop off my bags at Goodwill, I park the car and walk in to see if I can find any new gems. (He may have a point!) But my excuse is that my style changes and I’m getting rid of things I don’t love, for things I do love. Total first world problems over here.
In the process of de-cluttering I had this pile of “baby things” from each child, that wouldn’t quite fit in their baby books so I didn’t know what to do with it all. It got shuffled from drawer to drawer, changed rooms a couple times and finally I had enough and came up with a little aesthetically pleasing solution for each of the girls things.
I’ve been reading Simple Matters by Erin Boyle (which you can grab HERE) and she talks about simplifying and only owning things that serve a purpose and are nice to look at. So when her childs’ toys are strewn across the living room floor, they still look beautiful and not like complete chaos. My house is currently a disaster as I type these words, so clearly a work in P R O G R E S S.
So you came here for a DIY – let’s get going! You can use any size/style box you want – and you can decide how/if you want to attach their name to it! I decided to wood burn, because I had bought a wood burner months ago and never got around to using it. IF you want to try wood burning see my suggested supplies below, if not – you can pass by this part and go straight to my list of I D E A S on what to fill it with! <3
S U P P L I E S:
- Wood burner, duh
- Wooden box
- (^^You can stop here if you plan on doing some free hand business – I am not so talented and wanted to use a stencil. So if you’re like me, keep going!)
- Transfer paper
Put the transfer paper dark side down on the wooden box
Set the stencil on top of the transfer paper (you can tape it down if you’d like, I just held it in place)
Outline the stencil with the stylus
**ta-da**Now get your wood burner and start burning. I am NOT a pro wood burner, which you can see below. I managed to somewhat stay in the lines and I was happy enough with that. It’s definitely an art and maybe one day I’ll be better at it 😉 For now, you can tell what it says and that’s what matters! ^^I switched to Eleanor’s box for these pictures because I have prettier memory items for hers LOL – poor Adele!^^
I D E A S (of what to keep inside):
- Pictures (maternity, birth, newborn, family etc.) My photographer Violet Light Photography gave me my maternity pictures wrapped so pretty and they fit in the box perfectly!
- Hospital arm bands
- Bassinet birth announcement (my second baby didn’t even go into the hospital bassinet because we were in and out of the hospital within hours – but they made me a card anyway ;))
- Notes/cards from family and friends
- Small toy
- Babies first shoes (Shoes are from my small shop Adelisa & Co. )
- First spoon
- An article of clothing (Bonnet is from Connexion)
Paired with our favorite baby memory book Baby’s First Year which you can find HERE <3 What are some special things you would add to your box ? <3