stephmodo: DIY: Special Occasion Keepsake

DIY: Special Occasion Keepsake

• 06 October 2010

I firmly believe we all have an innate desire to preserve...namely to preserve special experiences; and while most of us have good intentions to do just this, we often have trouble following through. Why? Well, I know for me the task often seems daunting as I feel like I need to make a photo book every month, or scrapbook a bajillion pages (lots of time and $). These days, I need "easy" and this simple method of preservation is just that! Recently, I created a keepsake for my newborn son Gray, but you could follow the same instructions for a birthday, wedding anniversary, shower, etc.

Step 1: Gather all gift tags and cards.
Step 2: Stack in order of size with your larger cards being on the bottom of the pile.
Step 3. Using a 1/8 inch hole punch, place a hole in the top left corner of the card/tag.
Step 4: Slide a piece of thin, satin ribbon through the stack and tie a bow (one roll is 50 cents at any craft store).

Because the cards are adhered together with a simply piece of ribbon, you can easily add more cards. Just think how fun it will be to read these cards someday in the future!


  1. I love this idea. Easy is the name of my game with multiple children, right? I think this would be an easy way to preserve our children's birthday cards.

  2. Great idea. It goes back to the old saying about a small action being bigger than the largest intention.

  3. I should totally do this for my little roo.. (I have a drawer full of baby shower cards from friends... definitely something I want to keep).

    Thank you so much for sharing the great idea!


  4. Rose D., Frenchtown, NJ USAOctober 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    I love, love, LOVE this idea! I've been collecting everything in an acrylic box from the Container Store. Now I've got a new way to preserve them. Many thanks!

  5. Such a cute idea. I have all of my son's cards upstairs in a bag. I'm going to do this to them FOR SURE!

  6. This is such a great idea. Such a great way to keep all the cards together and pretty.

  7. That is a brilliant idea! I am definitely going to do this for my 1-year-old son. I have a stack of cards just waiting to be somehow preserved. Thank you!

  8. I always had a 'special box' growing up, with cards, letters and momentos from life.
    I have started one for my own son, and this is a perfect idea to keep them together by occasion too...birth, 1st birthday etc, etc. Lovely idea!


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