My nephew lives a few hours from us and we do not get to see him very often. For his birthday last month I wanted to send him something a little different to celebrate. I combed through quite a few Pinterest pictures and found this adorable birthday box idea. I decided this would be the perfect gift for a long distance family member, and set out to make one myself.
First I gathered my supplies:
- An empty shoe box. The shoe box had the lid attached so it made my gift box decorating all the easier. I did not have to do any finagling to hinge the lid together.
- Scrapbooking paper with a birthday theme.
- Glue – I used tacky glue and my crafters’ tape.
- Mod Podge.
- Sponge brushes for the Mod Podge.
- Washi tape.
- A paper-cutter.
- Brightly colored crochet thread.
- A set of free printables that I found with a Pinterest link at 100directions.com. The printables were really the thing that inspired me to get going and create my box. they are adorable.
Next I planned the paper placement and cutting, and the placement for the printables for my box of fun.
- I cut the paper pieces for the inside of the top of the box first and glued them in place. Then I added the trim pieces to embellish the edges.
- Then I cut the paper pieces for the bottom of the box and the sides on the inside and glued them in place.
- On the top of the outside of the box I cut squares to make a little patchwork look. I used a colorful scrapbooking paper here and some plain brown crafting paper.
- Then I embellished the top of the box with the printables, and washi tape.
- The washi tape really helped to make the edges looked finished, and like they had a uniform border.
- On the sides of the outside of the box I used the same paper that matched the paper that had been used on the lid.
Decorating for the inside of the lid was quite fun.
- I cut the pieces out for the banner, and then punched holes in the corners of each piece so they could be strung together.
- I used some brightly colored cotton crocheting thread to string the banner inside of the box.
- Then I added the embellishments to complete my “Happy Birthday” message.
When I was done decorating the entire box I painted a thin coating of Mod Podge over the top of the outside of the box to keep all of the paper in place and give it a box a bit of a glossy sheen.
Now for the contents of the box I wanted to do something fun for the birthday boy.
- I baked a little lemon cake.
- Sent a can of frosting with sprinkles, and a couple of plastic knives for him to decorate the cake and share with his friends.
- Sent some birthday plates, spoons, and napkins.
- Added some candy – M&M’s and Cracker Jacks
- Threw in some party decorations, and he was all set to celebrate.
This project was a ton of fun. I would do this again in a heartbeat. You can change the contents so easily to give any sort of themed gift; baseball, a night at the movies, favorite coffee’s. The possibilities are endless. I’ll be confiscating shoe boxes from all of my family members from now on to build up crafting/gifting supply.
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