Exchanging Valentines in grade school can be a big event, so help your daughter make a pretty Valentine box befitting the occasion. Adornments of hearts, flowers and frilly things can easily transform common household containers into something that will make your little girl's eyes sparkle.
Valentine Flower Garden
A round box such as a fried chicken or movie theater popcorn bucket is perfect to plant a Valentine garden, but a shoebox or other square or rectangular box will also work well. Make sure the container is clean and dry and cover the outside with construction paper. Put a short banner of green paper around the bottom portion to simulate grass, and add light blue paper above that. A picket fence can be created from ice cream or craft sticks hot glued around the box. Cut flowers from construction paper or brightly colored scraps of fabric and affix to the container, making stems from pipe cleaners, coffee stirrers or toothpicks.
Keeping more with the Valentine theme, you might choose to make the flowers out of hearts instead of traditional rounded petal shapes. A heart shaped paper punch would make short work of it, or use stickers with an appropriate theme. Several candy hearts could be glued in a circle if the container is big enough for larger hearts, and green hearts could become leaves. If dressing up a smaller container, a single candy heart could become a flower bud. If the container doesn't already have a lid, cut one out of thin cardboard, make a slit wide enough for the cards to fit through, and fasten to the top of the bucket.
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
Any empty container can be turned into a beautiful creation with a bit of imagination. Give a detergent box, shoebox, oatmeal container or cereal box a new life by covering with construction or contact paper, and affix doilies to spice it up.
To make a lacy looking Valentine box for a girl, secure a paper doily to the container and dab thin glue over it with a small brush, making sure to get it in all of the holes. Quickly scatter colored sugar or tinted salt over the surface and allow it to dry before carefully removing the doily to reveal the design. Use a color of sugar or salt that is much lighter or darker than the box to get a good contrast. A heart shaped red Valentine candy box would look lovely with a frilly design in white sugar, and a plain white box begs for red crystal bling. You can find paper doilies in most dollar discount stores any time of year, but small heart shaped doilies should be readily available during the Valentine's holiday season.
An expanding wallet found at the office supply store can become the latest designer clutch purse to collect your daughter's Valentines. The lightweight cardboard folders have an expandable bottom with a front flap, sometimes secured with an elastic band. Choose a bright pink or red if available, or cover the plain brown with colorful contact paper. Decorate the front with stickers or break out the rubber stamps to add hearts and flowers. Fabric in a Valentine's theme could also be used to cover the envelope then glue a large button or piece of costume jewelry to the front for a clasp to finish the look.
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