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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you know what that means. Your kids are going to need Valentine Boxes to collect their Valentine’s Day cards at school. Shouldn’t your little princess have her own Princess Valentine Box.
While this was my original princess, I wasn’t thrilled with the face. I like to think that I’m pretty crafty but I discovered that faces are hard! After I posted this, I decided I wanted to do something a little different and I gave my princess a mini makeover. You can scroll to the end to see it…
If you’re a regular reader, you probably already know that I’m a big fan of Box Tops For Education. I started collecting them years ago when I became a teacher and now I collect them for Ashling and Keira’s school. It’s not hard…half the food in our pantry has Box Tops.
On my last trip to Walmart, I picked up plenty of items with Box Tops. I don’t intentionally seek them out. They just seem to be on all our favorite products. The first thing we grabbed was a family sized box of Honey Nut Cheerios™. These are one of our go-to easy breakfasts when the girls are getting ready for school in the morning.
I also picked up a few other things while we were there. I picked up Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks and Nature Valley™ Oats N Honey Granola Bars for the lunch boxes. Yoplait® Original Fridge Packs were for snacking and the Old El Paso™ Taco Dinner Kit was perfect for Taco Tuesday.
I had just enough to get the special offer. If you buy 5 participating products and use the Box Tops Bonus App to scan your reciept, you’ll earn 50 bonus Box Tops or $5 through 1/31/2018. The new Box Tops Bonus App is free and makes super easy to turn grocery receipts into cash for school. All you do is look for offers, buy the products and scan your receipts. Then all that’s left is to count your earnings!
Since we collect so many box tops, we’ve even come up with fun ways to store them. My girls loved the Shopkins themed Box Tops holder that we made a couple years back and and at the beginning of this year we even designed one that looked just like our cat!
I thought about using these again but decided that’s it’s way more fun to make something new. After a little brainstorming, we decided to make a Princess Valentine Box.
How To Make A Princess Valentine Box
What you’ll need:
An empty box
3 sheets yellow construction paper
1 sheet brown construction paper
1 sheet construction paper for face
Yellow yarn for hair (or another color of your choosing)
2 gems for eys
Gems for necklace and earrings
Felt for nose
Foam heart for mouth
We had plenty of boxes to choose from but this Mott’s was the perfect size.
I started by cutting out paper to cover the box. I used an off white color for the face. The back and the sides of the box would be yellow, to match our princesses hair. If you plan to give your princess brown or black hair, you’ll want to use those colors for the rest of the box instead.
Lay the box on the paper and trace each side.
You’ll want to cut paper for the top, sides, front and back of the box. I didn’t worry about the bottom, since it’ll be out of sight. Sometimes a little glob hot glue can make things uneven and I wanted our princess to be able to stand up straight and tall.
Don’t forget to cut out the box tops before you glue the paper over them.
Glue the top flaps closed with hot glue.
Next, use an X-acto knife to cut a hole in the back. I found it was much easier to do this first on the box, then separately on the paper (as opposed to doing both at once) You’ll get a cleaner cut.
Glue the yellow paper to the back and sides, then cut a hole to match the one that’s already there.
Glue your paper on the front of the box.
Decide how long you want the hair and cut yarn to frame the face. I started by hot gluing the yarn along the top of her head, then gluing a few pieces down. The rest I let drape down naturally.
For The Face
It looked a little too square to me so I added even more yarn to round out the face. Then I attached pretty blue gems for the eyes. All my bling comes from the craft store and I’ve found most of it in the discount bin in front of the registers.
Our princess would need eyelashes too. I frayed two small pieces of brown construction paper, curled them around a pencil and glued them above the eyes.
The eyes were pretty but we still needed more bling. Every princess needs jewels, right? I gave her some earrings and a diamond necklace.
Since it’s a Valentine’s Day box, I thought it’d be cute to use hearts for the nose and mouth. I used felt for the nose and a foam heart sticker for the mouth.
Finally, the princess needed her crown. I also added a couple jeweled clips, just because a princess can never have too much sparkle.
Now all we need are some cards and candy!
Hmmm…wonder what we can make with the other four boxes.
While I had fun making this princess, I really wanted to do something different with the face. I ended up giving her a mini makeover, replacing the eyes, nose and mouth. What do you think?
What kind of Valentine’s Day box will you make with the kids this year?
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(can you tell we went through a Shopkins phase?)