My daughter and I had fun creating this Owl Valentine’s Day Box from a recycled box. A big thanks to Valentine’s Day with Plaid Crafts for sponsoring today’s project.
It’s no secret that I have four kids. For those of you who have multiple children, you know that the holiday expenses can sneak up on you fast. I only have two in preschool right now, but if all four of them were there I would have to make four sets of Valentines! Wowza! I’m always looking for ways to recycle things that I have around the house for holiday crafts and projects. When Plaid Crafts challenged me to make a fun Valentine’s Day with Plaid Crafts card box, I immediately knew that I wanted to take a cardboard box that we had in the trash pile and turn it into a funky owl themed card box. With the help of my girl, we gathered items from the craft room and created a box in no time!
- Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints in assorted colors
- Assorted card stock colors (this is a good project for scrap paper)
- Mod Podge for paper
- Foam pouncer
- Card board box, taped up
- Craft knife
Begin by painting the card board box. Paint the entire box with at least two coats for full coverage. Let the paint dry completely.
While waiting for the box to dry, cut the shapes from the card stock. If you have a Cricut cutting machine and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, you can make all the cuts that you need with that cartridge. If not, these are basic shapes that can be cut with a little effort. All the shape sizes will be dependent on the size of your personal box.
Cut the following shapes:
- 2 large circles for eyes
- 2 medium circles for eyes
- 2 small circles for eyes
- 1 heart for nose
- 2 triangles for ears
- 2 teardrop shapes for wings
- 3-4 scallop shapes for feather rows
Now let the little ones go crazy with the paints! We used black for the eyes, and we used deep purple and pure pink to give an added dimension to the scallops for the feathers. Let paint dry completely.
Now it’s time to put it all together! Using the foam pouncer, apply Mod Podge for paper on the back of each shape and attach it to the box. Spread a layer of Mod Podge for paper over the entire surface to secure it.
Use the craft knife to cut a slit in the top of the box for the cards.
Cutting an opening to get the cards out is up to you. You can cut a “door” in the back of the box that can be popped opened and closed for inserting and taking out cards. This may also be a good idea if your child receives cards that have items attached to them that will not fit in a traditional card slot.
The longest part of this project is paint drying time. It’s a fun recycled craft that can be personalized for each child!
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