Frugal Christmas Gifts Day 8: The Art Box

Posted: 12/08/11 1:00 PM (Modified: 12/08/11 1:00 PM)


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Today's frugal gift idea comes from Heather over at This is a creative gift that could work for just about anyone...I was actually thinking it would be fun to make one of these and fill it with coupon stuff like scissors, a calculator, coupons, organizers, etc. Way cute!

{The Art Box}

Here is an easy way to “upcycle” an old train case  into a present any artistic person would love to receive no matter their age.  The inspiration for this project came to me a few years back when my 5 year old daughter requested art supplies for Christmas. 

I found many art kits online and in catalogs but they were both expensive and none of them included the exact supplies I wanted to get her. I decided to make one that was personalized just for her. I found an old train case at a local flea market and  got to work personalizing it with paint,  paint pens, sequins and felt letters. 

I then filled it with  all the supplies I thought she would love. 

This same concept could work for other hobbies as well. For a boy perhaps make a science box with a magnifying glass, small field microscope, slides, petri dishes, and a journal to record discoveries and experiments.  For a friend who sews or knits make a sewing box. The possibilities are endless and it offers the opportunity to create a gift that is completely  personalized.

My daughter with her art box.

The Young Artist, Oil on Canvas, by Heather Dixon.

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Dec 8, 2011 07:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wonderful idea for any youngster who has the least interest in drawing or painting. It both encourages creativity and imagination. A treasure chest that the child will save and cherish.

Dec 8, 2011 07:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

My girls would LOVE this!

Dec 8, 2011 07:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

That is too cute!! And it sound fun to make as well !as to give

Dec 8, 2011 07:23 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Looks awesome! What a great idea!

Dec 8, 2011 07:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Adorable idea!

Dec 8, 2011 07:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Amazing idea! Love it!

Dec 8, 2011 08:29 pm
 Posted by  HeatherDixonOK

My daughter, Clara, was sooo excited to see her artbox on your website AND facebook AND Pinterest. She wanted me to tell you "Thanks!" She still uses the artbox all the time (2 years later!) It is not, however, as neatly organized as the pic,but it has a permenant spot on the kitchen table.

Dec 8, 2011 09:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What a great idea ... I know lots of young people who would love this!

Dec 8, 2011 09:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I love this idea and how easy it is to personalize for any interest. My son is a young scientist. I could fill his box with stuff for his experiments: a bottle of vinegar, a box of baking soda, a bottle, a dropper, a notebook, etc. Great idea!

Dec 8, 2011 09:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This is amazing! What a great idea. My son would love this!

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