My first crafting project for Gracie’s birthday party is officially finished and I’m so happy with the way it came out! For weeks now I’ve been tossing around ideas for commemorating baby girl's first birthday. I considered making a time capsule but decided against that idea when several friends went the time capsule route. I also thought about writing the first of many letters that Grace could one day read but came to the realization that I already do that… it’s called More Than Words, maybe you’ve heard of it, hehe. ;)
It wasn’t until a few weekends ago, as I was cleaning out our guestroom closet, that the idea of a “Wish Box” came to mind. I’ve kept memory boxes since High School for all sorts of reasons. I have several memory boxes commemorating important times in my life from travel to my wedding and I look through them any time I want to relive those special moments. As I was looking through a few of my favorites it dawned on me that a wish box would be the perfect way to commemorate our little gals first birthday!
The plan for the Wish Box is to create cards that say something like, “my wish for Grace is…” and have them next to the box at her birthday party. Once all of our family and friends have had the opportunity to write their special wishes for Grace, we’re going to pack her wishes, a little album of pictures and favors from the party along with a few special items from Georgia and I before sealing it up!
Grace will be given her Wish Box on her 18th birthday and my hope is that she'll enjoy reading all of her special little wishes as much as I enjoyed making the box!
I used Mod Podge to seal the photos once I finished all four sides. One of the best things about this craft was that it was super inexpensive to make. All you'll need is a box, pictures, Mod Podge, stickers/paint (optional), a sponge brush and scissors. Below is a collage showing each side. One of my favorite pictures is on side #1, in the bottom right corner. It's a picture of Gracie stretching at one of her hearing tests when she was just a few months old. Look at her holding that birthday cake like a big girl, ha!
If you decide to make a Wish Box for your little one (which I think you should!), grab a box of tissue. Looking through a year of pictures will result in tears. Happy tears – but tears all the same.
Did you do anything special for your baby's first birthday?
I would love to hear all about it!