I have used it from the very beginning to store all of his most important memories. (I do not use this for his vital documents.) I have certificates from swimming lessons, handouts from the pediatrician, and the hardware and instructions for converting his crib into a full-sized bed. I made a similar document box for my friend's baby shower. (Her son just turned 1 last week.)
Well, I am coming clean...my daughter is well over 2 and in need of her own box. I cannot keep shoving her memories into her brother's box nor can I leave them in stacks all over the house. I am finally going to make her a box of her own.
Following you will find the materials and instructions you need to make your own box.
- A file box for hanging files
- Hanging file folders (I found these cute folders at Walmart.)
- Hanging file folder tabs
- Labels for the folders
- Bling to decorate the box
Here is a list of potential label categories, but you can make whatever ones are right for you.
Baby Care Information Health Records Cards & Letters
Age 0 - 3 Age 3 - 5 Kindergarten
1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade
4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade
7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade
10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Documents and Certificates Pictures Portraits
Sports Scouts Young Women
Coupons Warranties Directions
Next, cut out the labels and slide them into the tabs. Secure the tabs into each hanging folder alternating them across so that all of the labels are visible. I always have a few extra blank folders at the back of the file for things I haven't thought of yet.
Naturally, the decorating comes at the end. I used rhinestone stickers and a vinyl rub-on from the craft store. Now, the challenging part will be to keep my 2-year-old from thinking that this is her toy!
Have fun making your own document keeper!
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