How to make your own Summer Holiday Memory Box | Photo Tutorial

Hello crafters! This is Zeyna from Mummy On My Mind back with another Mom & Child craft, this time creating a project for July with the theme Summer.

You can have a look at my previous crafts projects, where I created a Number Recognition Game for my Toddler, a 3D Seashell Memory Frame, a Newborn Baby Shadow box Frame,  Newborn Keepsake Photo Album, Hand Drawn Dinosaur Birthday Card4 Ways to make your own Thankyou Cards using Stamps. and an Eid Mubarak Wreath.

The theme for the month of July is “Summer”, and boy is Dubai summer a scorcher! Whether you are escaping the heat or staying put, I decided to create this Summer Holidays Memory Box in which my son and I could drop in bits and pieces to remember our summer by, when we look back at all the adventures we got up to before school starts. Below is the photo tutorial of how I made this Summer Holidays Memory Box, and list of all PPS items used in this project can be found at the bottom of the post.

The first thing I did was grab hold of an empty box that I did not need. It can be as big or small as you like, but it would be best to have it a decent size so you can keep larger objects inside, ranging from airplane/train tickets to leaves or flowers, stick and stones, anything that will best capture your memories over the summer holidays. My plan is to also include the crafts and paintings that myself and Master Z will be doing over the summer holidays, therefore I had to make sure those could fit inside.

Alternatively, you can of course make your own box out of any cardboard hanging around your home.

Once you have your box, wrap it with the yellow crepe paper. Ensure that the box still shuts smoothly after doing so, and this may mean that you only cover one of the box edges if it becomes too thick for it to close.

Once the box is wrapped up on all sides with the crepe paper, stick the gold glitter cardstock on the “lid” of your box. This will the top of the box, and where you will be decorating, as seen above.

Next up, take your styrofoam ball and cut it in half, giving you a flat edge that you can stick on top of the lid of the box. Ensure you use strong adhesive as the gold glitter cardstock is uneven, just as the styrofoam ball.

I stuck the ball a little high on the lid to give me space to attach the label to the box at the bottom edge.

Once your styrofoam “sun” is in place, cover it with the yellow crepe paper, and create little “petals” of your sun using the same. It doesn’t matter that you glue them right on top, as they will soon be hidden.

Now create pom poms using the pom pom maker and some yellow yarn. You can create different sizes of pom poms to give the “sun” more depth or to fill out spaces.

Once you have enough pom poms, attach them on your styrofoam ball with long pins, making sure to secure tightly so they do not come loose. After doing this, it should look something like below.

To label the box, I took one of the Pom Pom frames and stuck it on bottom right edge of the lid. I also wrote “You are my sunshine…Summer Holidays 2018” on some card which I fixed behind the frame before sticking it on.

Next up, my son had a great time choosing puffy stickers with a summer theme and sticking them on top of the frame edges to create a fun personalised touch.

And Voila, there you have it! Your very own Summer Holidays memory box, a different take on memory keeping as opposed to the traditional scrapbooking method, and one that is great for younger kids.

Don’t forget to sift through the contents of this box at the end of summer to relive all your adventures again!

I hope you enjoyed reading my photo tutorial, and if you do get inspired to recreate it, please do share your projects with me by posting photos on social media using the hashtags #ppsuae #prettypaperstudio #madewithppsuae . Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and/or Facebook, so I can see!


You can also join the Pretty Paper Studio Monthly Challenge through the following easy steps:

1. Create a project with this month’s theme in mind.

2. Upload your project photo to “July 2018 Challenge” Photo Album in the Pretty Paper Studio Facebook Group.

3. All entries are due by July 31, 2018.

4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.