Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Hope Chest


These days, the thought of a hope chest leaves people thinking old fashioned thoughts. However, there is still a great use for these lovely boxes of carved wood for your daughters. They can be a special place to store special things for their future. Perhaps it won't be the exact items you would find a century back but it can be just as prized. Here are a few ideas of what you can store in them...

  • Mother's favorite books of encouragement for her daughter to enjoy as an adult
  • A special family Bible
  • Scrapbook of her childhood pictures to treasure
  • Scrapbook of family ancestors with interesting facts about their forefathers to share with future generations (like a picture style family tree with narration)
  • Quilts that have been passed down or other family heirloom treasures
  • Mother's wedding clothing
  • Recipe book for her future household with all the family tried and true recipes (Printables here)
  • Items that reflect your family culture (For example, if you are Russian you may want to put in some Russian nesting dolls, etc…)
  • Store handmade objects that mother and daughter have prepared like potholders, tea towels, etc.
  • A tea set

    Some books that may enhance this project are:

    "Faith is the very first thing you should pack in a hope chest."
    ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

    (Linked up to: Raising Mighty Arrows and Raising Homemakers)



    1. What a beautiful idea! Thank you for sharing and for linking up with us. :)

    2. I love hope chests! My dad's mom had 5 children and somehow I was the lucky one who inherited her hope chest. I accumulated linens and cookware from yard sales, etc. and stored that in there along with items I made for my future home and family and favorite cookbooks and treasures I wanted to pass on to my kids.

    3. I have the Pearables books - they are so great!

      I blogged about my hope chest a while ago - mine is more a place where I keep my encouraging books and DVDs.

    4. Pearables are excellent. They also have a Home Economics course that we really enjoyed for ages 6 and up in three volumes.

    5. That's a great idea! I still remember putting together my hope chest with my mother when I was a teenager.

    6. I love the idea of a hope chest, I never had an actual hope chest, but I gathered things for my home diligently throughout my late teens and early twenties. I look forward to helping my daughter fill hers when she gets one.


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