How to make a keepsake box, by a Malaysian self-taught DIYer


Fresh off celebrating Mothers Day, let’s continue to recognise that every day is an opportunity to value mum’s love, sacrifice and unwavering support.

In recognition of the endless dedication of mothers everywhere, this month’s DIY project is a heartfelt keepsake box − a token of appreciation to contain our love for mum.

Crafted with love and intention, the keepsake box is a place to hold all the tangible reminders of cherished memories and precious moments shared with our mothers.

This DIY project embodies the sentiment that every day should be Mothers Day − a chance to express our gratitude and admiration for the incredible women who shape our lives in countless ways.

So, let’s create this keepsake box.

A keepsake box is a place to hold all the tangible reminders of cherished memories and precious moments with loved ones.A keepsake box is a place to hold all the tangible reminders of cherished memories and precious moments with loved ones.

PROJECT - Keepsake box
  • Materials Base - 2 pieces of 1in x 4in wood, cut at 40cm length
  • Top - 2 pieces of 1in x 4in wood, cut at 40cm length
  • Long sides - 2 pieces of 1” x 4” wood, cut at 40cm length
  • Short sides - 2 pieces of 1” x 4” wood, cut at 14.5cm length10cm Wooden brace - 2 pieces

Tools

  • Ruler
  • Drill driver
  • Headless nails
  • Screws
  • Sander

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Mask
  • Goggles

1. Let’s get started by rounding up our wood and cutting it into six pieces at 40cm in length, and two pieces at 14.5cm.

2. Create a border line half the thickness of the wood on all four sides for the base and only the short sides for the side pieces. Then make 2 markings on all the shorts sides at 1.5cm from the edge and 5 markings equally spaced on the long sides. (as in the photo) Take two of the 40cm wood pieces and mark where to drill for the long sides, and mark another two pieces for the base.

3. Once we’ve marked our spots, it’s time to break out the drill and make those holes on all four pieces to prepare for our next step.

4. Now, let’s bring out the glue and start building! Apply glue onto the short sides and then attach the long sides by hammering nails into the joints.

5. Repeat these steps for the remaining pieces, and before you know it, you’ll have yourself a rectangular frame for your box.

6. Next up, it’s time to attach the base using a hammer and nails.

7. Now, let’s screw the top pieces together! Secure the brace to the short sides from the bottom using screws.

8. And finally, let’s give our creation a finishing touch! Grab your trusty sander and give the box a good sanding, making sure to soften all the edges for a polished finish.

Aida Ihsani is a self-taught DIYer and woodworker with over eight years of experience. Through her women’s woodworking workshops, she has empowered over 1,000 women from all walks of life to be confident in using power tools and start their DIY journey. For more on Aida’s workshop, visit www.aidaihsani.com or @iamaidaihsani on Instagram.


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