Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine Box DIY


There are two kinds of moms...
*The ones who are giddy with excitement and are dreaming of heart doilies and pom poms the second they hear their child needs a decorated valentine box.
*Then there are the moms who get anxiety just trying to come up with any way to even decorate anything to remotely resemble anything valentine related.

I tend to fall into the latter category.  Trust me, my kids would be taking this to school if it was up to me...
I'm not even playing.  My creative juices with a box NEVER flow.

I must add that my mom could rock a valentine box.  She always wrapped mine super neatly with aluminum foil.  We'd make accordion paper decorations and tape those all over with valentine stickers.  Tina had it goin' on in the box department.  Erika?  Not so much! 

Thankfully, my mother-in-law, Marla, got enough creative juices for my entire neighborhood.  She can create a gorgeous creation out of a box or two.  A couple years ago, Ebby Lee needed a valentine box for preschool and guess who I called??  MARLA to the rescue!

In case you need a valentine box and might be panicking, I'm sharing how they made their princess castle box.  They have big plans to make a Shopkins' box this year.  I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.

Princess Valentine Box:
You'll need-
One big shoe box
One smaller shoe box
Two paper towel rolls
Cute paper to wrap it all in (we used bulletin board paper)
Pom Poms and other stickers for decoration
One big letter
Scissors
Hot Glue Gun

This was the plan.

 And this is how it all looked...EEK!  Like a big mess!

We (I'm using this word loosely :)) wrapped the boxes in bulletin board paper.  You can usually buy this from your local teacher store.  It's thinner and easier to work with than scrapbook paper or construction paper.

We made a big cut in the big box so the smaller box could fit inside.

 We wrapped the paper towel rolls in paper and then secured them to the big box with hot glue.  We added a little cone with a piece of sparkly paper.

The big "E" on the top made it WAY easier than adding another tall tower.  I'd highly recommend that.  And then we let E go to town with stickers and other decorations.

And...E added a little princess and horse for good measure.  I thought it turned out super cute and Ebby Lee had the best time getting her craft on with her mom and grandma.

Hope this helped give some struggling mamas out there a little inspiration.  :)  
Happy Monday, Ladies!

15 comments:

Mix and Match Mama said...

I remember that box! Kensington's box is super cute, and I was super thrilled to let her do it all by herself. I'm pretty sure she did it better than I could have done it! #imnotcrafty #atall #thankgoodnesssheis

Julie Connelly said...

I am NOT creative AT ALL when it comes to this stuff & BOTH of my kids have to make their own boxes this year. *sigh* LOL!! This princess box is amazing!! Can't wait to see this year's box!!! :)

Kirby McCasland said...

Stop it! That is too cute. Our box falls somewhere into the anxiety stricken category, and we even cheated by buying the premade box at Michael's. ;-P

Narci said...

This box is just so cute! So glad Presley doesn't have to do that though!! Haha!!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

I am super impressed with that box, and I'm also super happy that at Carter's school we just send them with a bag. But seriously, that box is LEGIT.

Elise @ Her Heart and Home said...

Um, this is amazing! Keeping it in the back pocket for Nancypie one day! xx

kimm atwood said...

I'm the mom who will but some heart wrapping paper, some stickers, and call it a day

Lisa Iwasyk said...

I'm not sure what to say! Here in my town (Illinois) we use white paper bags. The kids decorate them at school and that's it. Seems sad compared to your boxes!

Cindi said...

Oh dear. We just did our first box. We wrapped it up in red construction paper and let him put stickers on it... :| Now I'm a little worried. :)

Melanie Smith said...

These are SO much more complicated than we we had to do this all those years ago.

Stacey Walden said...

It turned out so cute!

Queen In Between said...

Oh....my....gosh!! That is the cutest! I'm with you...I stink at trying to think of a box. Although I quickly overwhelmed my daughter this morning when she told me she had a special project in which she needed to diagram something. She needed 30 "things" and she wanted to find out how many siblings 30 different teachers had. Give me some numbers and a way to create a bar graph and I'm a happy camper...she was like "uh..I think I'm going to think of something else to do". hahaha

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

Well isn't this the fanciest little thing? My four year old boy had to take a cereal box to school last week to make a Valentine holder, but I'm sure his won't be a princess castle. Hehe.

Leigh (Balancing By Faith) said...

I buy Valentine's wrapping paper and call it DONE!

Hena Tayeb said...

that castle looks great!