How to make a keepsake box for Dad

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How to make a keepsake box for Dad

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Project Overview

This keepsake box is perfect for Dad this Father's Day. It's easy to make and a whole lot of fun too. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Lay out your base
2 Build up the sides
3 Make the lid
4 Add some colour
5 A message for Dad
6 Lift the lid
7 Great gift for Dad
  • Step 1. Lay out your base

    Start by laying out your sticks, one by one until you have 11 in a row. Then grab two extra sticks and glue them down both ends of your row.
  • Step 2. Build up the sides

    Now place a dab of glue on the ends of two more sticks and glue them down the two sides. They should form a square once you’ve stuck them down. Repeat this step over and over, layer by layer until the box is as high as you want it to be.
  • Step 3. Make the lid

    This is pretty easy because all you need to do is repeat the first step. Lay 11 sticks in a row and run some glue along two additional sticks. Lay the two additional sticks across the others at either end to hold them together.
  • Step 4. Add some colour

    Once the glue has dried you can paint your box any colour you like. You could even choose the colours of your dad’s favourite footy team!
  • Step 5. A message for Dad

    Once you’ve decided what you want your message to be, just choose the appropriate letters and paint them as well. Once they’re dry, stick them to the top of your keepsake box.
  • Step 6. Lift the lid

    Last of all, stick some googly eyes to your pebble. Then stick the pebble to the top of the lid. This will make it easier for dad to open and close it.
  • Step 7. Great gift for Dad

    Now your Keepsake Box is finished, you can present it to Dad this Father’s Day. He’s sure to appreciate all the hard work you’ve out into it.

Tools and Materials


  • Paint brush


  • 1 x packet of 150 popsticks
  • Craft glue
  • Craft wood alphabet pack
  • 1 x 20mm approx pebble
  • Craft paints

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