The dreaded Valentine box… when I was in grade school these were done a lot differently. If you made one at all, you bought a shoe box to class and covered it with construction paper and stickers. Now you make them at home and apparently covering them with stickers isn’t cool enough. I offered to make my son’s box this year and allowed him to pick the theme he wanted, thinking he’d pick a sports team or something like that. Somehow, I always forget that he is my nerdy little mini-me. He, of course, chose Pokemon. After a quick freak-out panic, I saw a Poptart box and was inspired to make this recycled Pokeball Valentine box.
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- Empty Poptart Box
- White Acrylic
- White & Red Sheets of Cardstock (8.5×11)
- Mod Podge (Gloss)
- 1-3/8” Black Ribbon
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Lid of Plastic Gerber Snack Container
- Small Piece of Velcro
- Box Cutter
Cover the outside of your box in 2 coats of white acrylic paint. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat.
Measure the width your cardstock needs to be by turning your box on its side and measuring to about the middle. (See picture above.) Next cut 2 strips in that size from the 8.5 side of your white cardstock.
Repeat step 2 with your red cardstock. This gives you four strips of paper (2 red, 2 white).
Attach your strips of paper with Mod Podge, aligning your paper edges with the flap and edge of your box.
Note: There will be a gap on the unopened side of your box.
Measure the top and bottom of your box using the remaining cardstock and trim cardstock to fit. Attach colors correspondingly with your Mod Podge.
With the leftover cardstock, cover the gap left on the unopened side of the box.
Cover your entire box with your Mod Podge. This gives it the shine like a Pokeball. Allow the whole project to dry (about an hour). Have lunch; take a nap, whatever while you wait.
Once the Mod Podge has dried, attach your ribbon around the center of the box, starting at the flap.
- Leave extra length on both ends of your ribbon so that there is overhang.
- Prevent waste by attaching the ribbon while still on the spool and only cutting after the end is glued.
Attach your snack container lid to the middle using hot glue to create the button.
Attach one half of your Velcro to the extra length of ribbon overhanging the flap with hot glue.
- Turn the box so that the white is on top. Place the Velcro on the flap that is on top (or in front) with the box in this position.
Place adjoining piece of Velcro onto the attached piece.
Fold down flap without Velcro. Place hot glue on the top of the second piece of Velcro and press to folded flap. This will make sure the Velcro aligns correctly when box is closed.
- Allow glue to dry before trying to open.
Cut out a hole in the top of the box with your box cutter for the Valentines to go through.
Viola! Now your kid has an awesome Pokeball Valentines box to collect all of his or her cards in. If you want to print out the awesome Valentines in the photos, you can download them free here. What crazy theme has your kid asked for when making a Valentine’s Box? Let me know in the comments!
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