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Father's Day Keepsake Book Box

Dad will pore over this year's gift: a wooden "book" with a secret drawer for keepsakes or knickknacks.

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Modern book boxes (like the ones pictured here) are available at local crafts stores and online. Paint diamonds, stripes, and other details to mimic his favorite vintage hardcovers.

 

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materials

  • Unfinished-pine book box with pullout drawer, 8", $12, amazon.com
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Liquid Gilding in Gold, $7.99 for 0.75 fl oz., michaels.com

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint, $2.29 for 2 oz., michaels.com

  • Paintbrush
  • Optional: Stencils

steps

  1. Stain the entire surface of a modern book box with diluted paint; let dry.
  2. Use undiluted paint to add designs like stripes (use painters' tape for straight lines); let dry completely.
  3. Once the box is dry, don't forget to dress up the compartment where Dad will store special items like cuff links and lucky golf tees: Using craft glue, line the inside with velvet or decorative paper.
  4. Start Dad's collection by dropping in a few shared mementos.

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