Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Hanky Boxes

This collection of hanky boxes, or card boxes, or whatever else they are called, started with one from my Mum. It belonged to Mum's Grandmother, & it is in perfect condition as it was kept in a drawer for years containing hankies. I have always loved it & it was so lovely of Mum to pass it onto me. They are usually made from old greeting cards, covered in a clear plastic with little holes punched & hand stitched together. Pretty trims are often added in ribbon or lace. I've also seen them as small rubbish bins, bags & place-mats, but I'm yet to own any of those!




My next hanky box came from a Vinnies op shop for a few dollars. It contains my vintage hair clips. 



There's a squirrel inside!


The smaller two sit on my bedside table alongside a thrifted lamp ($5) & a cross-stitch made by a Great Aunt.


 My most recent find was a large vintage card box in lovely condition for $6 from the Endeavour op shop at Paddington. It's almost as big as a hat box.




16 comments:

  1. I love these - my mother-in-law had one for the Scrabble pieces. I had never previously seen one and thought it was a lovely way to keep old cards. I have some old Golden Books I keep meaning to make into something like this. The red rose one is a great find.

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  2. I'm kind of choking a little bit,with sheer ENVY!They are so cute!I'm sure my Mama had one,but what would have happened to it is anyones guess!X

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  3. I'm with Helga - GREEEEN with envy! I have one of these creations as my bathroom garbage bin and I absolutely LOVE it. I would be super happy if I found one like yours - they are gorgeous! Sarah xxx

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  4. I've not seen anything like that before - they are lovely. Great to have something that's handed down through the family.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  5. These are just lovely! When I was a kid my mum's sewing box was one of these boxes and I used to always wonder how it was made. I'd love someone to teach me!

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  6. I have got a little collection of these growing too VBG, have you seen how pricey they are in proper vintage shops? Will post mine on my blog one day and link to yours x

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  7. I have NEVER seen these boxes before, are they a particularly Australian thing? Or am I just dim and showing a shocking lack of vintage knowledge? It would seem so!
    They are very pretty, I can see why you love your collection. xxxx

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    1. Hello I'm from the US and most Grandmothers have made one for Grand Daughters or passed one down at some time or another. I absolutely love them. There are so many shapes you can make with them. Yours are Lovely

      GreekGypsy

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  8. You have such an amazing collection. I love these little boxes. I have one that my Mum bought me that I keep sewing stuff in. I never knew they were hanky boxes though.

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  9. They are gorgeous! What a lovely collection. I've seen some but were unsure if they were vintage ones or not. xx

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  10. I've never seen these before! I absolutely love them! I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for them in the future. They're really fantastic! xx

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  11. They are gorgeous. I have a little collection also. They seem to be harder to find these days. I haven't seen one around for a while.Hope all is well, Tam x

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  12. I love these too, I also have a bag in this style as well!!!

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  13. Wow those hanky boxes are lovely but i've never even heard of anything like this yet alone seen any. I love how all their choices of greeting cards just go so well together and the stitching is lovely! I wonder if anyone still makes them or if the craft is long lost?!

    twenty-something-sherbet.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yes People still make them but most you find are Vintage. It was huge in the 40's and 50's. I host a Christmas Cookie Swap and will make one for each participant for their Cookies but will line it with plastic first :}

      GreekGypsy

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  14. Would like to share with everyone, a link that has instructions to make a Hanky Box. Enjoy!

    http://www.jpfun.com/

    GreekGypsy

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