When you open up a gift, for any occasion, save the box. When you open up a box of food, save the box. These are the rectangle boxes that oatmeal cookies come in. You can cut them in half and these boxes can be turned into the most charming little gift boxes for children to give gifts in, or even adults!
Approximate Time: 30 minutes or less
box from a gift or a food box
pipe cleaner for handle
paper to hide pictures on box
hole punch or Phillips head screwdriver
Take your rectangular shaped box and cut it in half.
Cut out paper to fit on each side of box. Glue paper on.
Glue pieces of torn tissue paper on the paper, all around the box.
Punch a hole on either side of the box for attaching pipe cleaner to make a handle. You could use the Phillips head screwdriver to punch a hole if you don't have a hole punch.
Attach pipe cleaner on each side and make sure there are no sharp ends on the pipe cleaner that are not turned under.
I didn't attach a ribbon to mine, but it would be a cute extra touch if you wanted to.
Put photos, gifts, or candy in these, and they are so homemade and cute, anyone would love to receive one!
I was wanting a small inexpensive thank you gift for the young girl who had helped me at physical therapy. So, I came up with this "hugs and kisses basket". I had the container left from buying my husband some nuts and bolts from Dollar Tree. The only thing I had to purchase was the candy. There's plenty left over for more "baskets".
plastic container with lid and handle (These come stacked in two containers topped with one lid.)
plastic or acrylic paint, black and white
round piece of poster board to fit top of lid I used black.
small piece of ribbon
Hershey's Hugs and Kisses (about five each)
Clean the container well with soapy water and allow to dry.
Paint bottom of container with white paint. I use a sponge, it gives it a more textured look and you don't have to worry so much about it covering.
When white paint is dry make black dots by dipping a pencil eraser in your paint and pressing firmly onto surface. Set aside to dry. If you are not using plastic paint, you'll need to spray the container with some sort of clear sealer.
Write "Hugs and Kisses" on your round circle of poster board with the paint marker. Allow to dry.
Glue this to the top of your lid.
Tie on ribbon.
You can add shredded paper as a filler or fill the entire container with kisses.
Here's some instructions for making your own treasure box to give as a Valentine's Day gift or for other occasions.
small cardboard gift type box, cigar box, or jewelry box
felt or other fabric scraps
Turn a small box into a Treasure Box for someone special.
Cut yarn into different lengths. Glue the yarn on the sides and top of the box in a pattern or design: hearts, diamonds, zigzags, curvy lines, or spirals.
Tie several knots in a piece of yarn and glue the yarn along the edges of the lid or box to give the look of nails or bolts. Be careful not to glue yarn on the top edges of the box where the lid will fit.
Crumple pieces of aluminum foil and smooth pieces back out. Spread glue on the box and the lid. Place one piece of foil on the box and one on the lid. Press the foil against the surface of the box and lid with your finger. Push the foil on and around the yarn designs. It will make the foil look like embossed silver. Cut off the excess foil.
Cut a piece of colorful felt to lay inside the box. If you are using other fabric, take a piece of cardboard and cover the front side with the fabric gluing the edges to the back. Put the nice side up. Glass gems can also be attached with glue.