DIY Camp Memory Box

It’s here!  It’s here!  Today, I am so excited to kick off the very first week of Summer Fun Camp 2013!!  I have put together a list of 10 crafty bloggers (including myself) who will be sharing crafts and activities over the course of four themed weeks for FREE!  Awesome, right?!
To get all the fabulous details about all 4 weeks of camp, I have put together a separate website full of information, including the schedule for each week as well as the supply list.  And, there’s even a Facebook page where you can meet other campers and all of your camp counselors!

Today, we kick off “Let’s Go Camping!” Week!  I kept thinking back to the days of my youth, spending summers at camp making crafts, canoeing, climbing trees, and making friends.  One of the things I remember most is all the “stuff” you come home with after spending a week away at camp!  You get to collect all kinds of treasures that you want to keep forever.
Since we are just beginning our adventures together, and you’ll be making and collecting all kinds of treasures, I thought it would be fun to make a Camp Memory Box today!
You can create a Camp Memory Box with any old box you have lying around the house.  A shoebox would work perfectly.  I found a Recollections Memory Box on sale at Michael’s recently for $2.00 so I snatched it up!
The great thing about this particular craft is the versatility of it.  You and your little campers can decorate as much or as little as you like, using whatever craft supplies you have on hand!
I chose to make my box look similar to an old trunk.  I gathered some of my miscellaneous scrapbook supplies and started formulating my idea.
Since most trunks have handles, and my box didn’t, I had to make some.  I started by measuring to the desired location and poking 2 holes in each end of the box.
Next, I cut a piece of brown satin ribbon.  This would become my handle.  You could also use pipe cleaners or yarn.
I used two brown brads on each end of the box to hold the ribbon in place and form my handles.
Finally it was time to start decorating!  Using scrapbook paper, I simply cut a piece to fit the top of my box using my rotary cutter.
I layered Mod Podge on the box and the paper to adhere it, attached a few stickers around the edges, and voila!
My trunk-style Camp Memory Box is complete and ready for storing treasures!
And what better way to start gathering treasures than with a Scavenger Hunt!
I love scavenger hunts.  There are various ways to have fun with them so I have a couple of suggestions:
If you have smaller children that do better with a visual aid, you can print out this picture list and help them find the items (or similar) pictured.
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If your child is a bit older, you can use this list.  For a fun twist, make it a photography scavenger hunt.  Pass the camera over to your camper and have them find and photograph the things on their list!
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It’s amazing what you see when you hand a child a camera.  Their perspective is so different from ours.  You just might end up with some frame-worthy nature photography!

I am so happy to have you visit today to kick off Summer Fun Camp 2013!  Below is the schedule with links for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, June 4th: Pitter & Glink
Wednesday, June 5th: Craftiments
Thursday, June 6th: Here Comes the Sun
Friday, June 7th: One Tough Mother

Also, be sure to enter this week’s giveaway!  It’s a fabulous craft supply kit from Craft Project Ideas!  Kit is pictured below:

Participating in Summer Fun Camp 2013?  Email your photos to me at kthompson0412 {at} gmail {dot} com, and you might be featured on our Facebook page!

8 Responses

  1. Love it! Hoping my hubby has some of his size 13 shoe boxes laying around still! Your’s is super cute! This is a great idea to kick off the whole summer camp fun! Thanks for the fun!

  2. YAY! Glad you love it Katie! Just wait til you see the rest of the crafts this week – so awesome!

  3. Great idea! I’ve been meaning to make a memory box for the girls. I love how you fashioned a handle with ribbon and brads!

  4. What a wonderful idea. This is something I would think about doing at the end of the summer–and kick myself for not doing it earlier!

  5. Thanks Tara! I thought this would be a fun way to wrangle all those summer crafts and “treasures” that kids pick up 🙂


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