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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

How Much Do You Like Valentine's Day?

Or as I like to call it, Singles Awareness Day! 
This year, my Mom was showing me the Valentine's Day boxes that her kiddos made. I was pretty impressed. There was a robot one from her youngest
                                                            and a plane from another.
I went on Pinterest with my kids to look at ideas. Especially since today was a snow day. We had some more snow and ice. Not enough to make a snowman or snowball fight, but enough to make it slippery.
My kids have basically had a 4 day weekend. And unless they are playing video games, they are getting bored of being indoors. 


So I showed them Valentine's Day box ideas. And asked what they thought. They were super excited. Mostly because they love doing crafts and are not intimidated by them like I am. I'm getting bolder with my creativity. Much like I used to be when I decorated a wooden doll house I built with my Dad. I created a board on Pinterest for the ideas we liked most. They each picked a theme for their boxes. My oldest wanted a Plants vs Zombies box, my other son wanted to make his look like an Xbox console and my daughter wanted Elsa's castle. 
We got started. I scrounged around and managed to find 3 boxes. While looking for paper to cover them, I actually found a shoe box. After I had already started using the tissue box and two small Amazon boxes... But it's all good. I will keep that shoe box for another project later. 
We covered my oldest sons box with green construction paper, the middle had black construction paper and the castle was done in blue construction paper with blue card stock paper for parts of it. My husband was a huge help in getting the details just right. After my middle boy had the bright idea to trace a real Xbox controller (I'm so proud that he thought of it himself!), my husband worked with him to create the details and make it look like an actual controller. 


For the princess castle, I had beads and ribbon to add little decorations. She wanted a snowy look, so I used pearls to look like delicate snow falling. We printed a tiny Elsa picture to put in the doorway too. We used toilet paper rolls to make the towers on the corners.


I'm not a Plants vs Zombies fan, so I had to follow my sons lead and have him tell me what he wanted. I also found one that had been made on Pinterest and loosely followed the design on the box we made. We printed out characters since he didn't have toy versions. 

Overall, I'd say I'm pretty impressed. These look fantastic! And my kids are going to be the cats pajamas when they bring them to class to collect their Valentine's. What about you? Are you and your kids making anything like this? This could even be good for on the office desk... After all, who says employees can't give Valentine's? Share your ideas in the comments below!

44 comments:

  1. These are some very elaborate boxes. When I was in school we just decorated a brown paper bag, man how the times have changed.

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    1. My kids classes do a simple bag too but they don't turn these down when my kids do their own thing. And the kids love doing them!

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    2. Times have changed! I don't remember doing much more than simple cards. Maybe got a couple pieces of those chalky heart candies with it too. Now we get fancy!

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    3. Funny thing. When I helped a friend of Noble make 1 we figured out that after Valentines day was over he can keep it as a safe to hide his "treasures" in. So if you don't want to through it out there is another use for it. Girls may hide their diary's in it.

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  2. Wow! You took crafting up a notch. These boxes are pretty amazing and impressively made by the little ones. Kudos!

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    1. Thank you! We had plenty of time and just let our imaginations go with it.

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  3. These are so great! You are talented crafter. Don't say no. These are AWSOME!!!

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    1. I'm quite pleased with these! I surprised myself. And I loved the help that Andrew gave.

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  4. Wow these valentines boxes are pretty impressive.... so much beautiful work and detail.... when I was a kid ( way back in the 80s) we simply had a brown bag lined up in a row at chalkboard with our name on it and we all walked by and put our cards into bags hoping somebody put cards into ours.... Shell

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  5. My sister makes boxes with her kids.I'm not a fan of V-day, as my birthday is the 13th and people tend to go out on my day to celebrate the 14th early and avoid the crowds. So I celebrate my bday extra hard and avoid vday all together!

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  6. We love creating Valentine boxes to put kids' Valentine's greetings and treats. It's a fun craft project where they can be creative and handy as well.

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  7. You had an amazing idea to build these Valentine's boxes with your children. They turned out to be amazing! In my country there is not such a tradition so it's interesting to read about it.

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  8. Aww this is such a lovely idea and a great way to spend time with them! I really love this idea, I'm all for crafting with my niece and nephew!

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  9. What a great project and craft! My daughter would LOVE to do this with me. I love how you used shoe boxes and toilet paper rolls. So creative!

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    1. I hope you get to this with your daughter soon! Have fun :)

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  10. singles awareness day!!!! you're totally right babe - Me and my babies are all about crafts!!!! i love the ideas xxxx

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  11. These valentines boxes looks so great. That is such a great project craft this coming Valentines. So creative and talented work.

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  12. Wow those are some nice boxes! Very creative! I wish I would have put this much thought into valentines day gifts when I was growing up!

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    1. They were so much fun to make too. But even I didn't do this much as a kid haha

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  13. What a great project :) I love how you guys used those shoe boxes. I thought it was very creative.

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  14. They both turned out so well! No wonder they both love doing crafts - they're great at it!

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  15. This is such a fun project and a great way to great your children involved. I love that projects like this can allow children to work on creativity and imagination.

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  16. Such great craft ideas...do not believe much in valentines day but these boxes look too cute to ignore..

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    1. They could have other uses during the year depending on the style you choose.

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  17. I love crafting with my children!! I'm quite a crafty person (when I want to, lol). Here in Switzerland Valentine's is not really for children, it has really a romatic connotation and it is mostly for adult (or older teenager) couples. So there is not valentines' anything at school.

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    1. Really? That is interesting. I think that is how it should be though. I'd rather it was a time to build a closer, more intimate relationship between adults than for kids to be silly.

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  18. What a lovely activity to do with your children. Something that I’m sure you will remember together.

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  19. I love this idea. Your kids did a great job with them. I love the XBox one!

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    1. Thank you so much! That one did come out really well.

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  20. Oh wow what a great idea! They did a brilliant job, I really like the princess castle. Such a lovely idea :)

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  21. This is definitely a great idea! I love the princess castle. I love Valentine’s Day to celebrate everyone I truly care about and thank them for caring about me as well. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Great perspective! Hope you have a fantastic Valentine's Day!

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