This is that gift I told you I was making. Look, I'm no good at crafts but this was easy. You could use an old cigar box if you had to but I wanted it to be a little fancier. I got the idea when I saw my grandaughter picking up little rocks and a chicken feather when we were at Farm Sanctuary. That reminded me of what my boys used to do and to be honest I still do it. So I thought I'll make her a pretty little place to keep her collection.
I found this box at an estate sale for $3.
The top was a little marred so I bought a sheet of bird paper from a local gift shop.
This would be perfect and was only $4.
I used the lid as a template to cut the paper to size and then tore around the edges because I read that the glue would adhere better. Then I diluted some regular white glue with a little water and brushed it on.
I placed the paper on top and smoothed out any bumps. When it was dry I put a couple of coats of paste wax on it. I'm sure you could varnish it too. I put a small magnifying glass, a little notebook and a sea shell that her dad picked up and saved when he was around her age to help get her collection going. She's a very contemplative little girl so I'm thinking she is going to like this. :)