Give the box a light sand to start with, then a few coats of acrylic paint. I wanted to give it a slightly worn look so I sanded it again making sure I exposed the wood on the edges, it also gave the paint a smooth look, cause I am a bit of a streaky painter! Then you need to add some embellishments and this is the part where you can really let your imagination fly and create some awesome effects with kitchen roll and PVA glue, or decoupage. And then finish off with a few layers of sealer, I used modge podge, just to give it a little protection.
So there you have it, from plain, to gift in a few hours, and of course this idea is not limited to baby showers, you can make boxes to keep treasures from weddings, special birthdays, childhood, earings on a dressing table.....the list is endless!