I’ve seen lots of fun ideas floating around Pinterest over the past few weeks for unique containers to hold Valentines. We used to just decorate a shoe box growing up, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I always thought it was cool. But I wanted to “think outside the box” (pun intended) and make something extra special and cute for Natalie to carry to class on Valentine’s Day. I probably don’t even need to mention that I only have one child in school right now (it’s pretty obvious). The lucky first kid gets the special treatment. My other “poor”, “deprived” children will probably get to bring a shoe box when they start going, but that’s just the way the cards are played.
I found a sad-looking aluminum pail hanging out in my craft room and knew it had a much higher potential. I gave it a fresh makeover by spraying the lid with “Ballet Slipper” pink paint that I also used for the Layered Candy Mason Jars last week. Then I Mod Podged patterned paper to the main bucket and hot glued some pink rick rack all around. I cut out my daughter’s name using my Silhouette and the “Smiley Monster” font. Then I hand cut out a few extra hearts for added decoration and tied some rick rack to the handle. It was a fun and easy weekend project, and now she’ll be sporting a festive, personalized Valentine’s bucket to kindergarten tomorrow where she’ll exchange her Butterfly Valentines.
I think a Robin’s Egg blue color for the lid would have been so fun,
but I decided to “make do” with what I already had, and it still turned out well.**If you don’t have an old tin pail laying around like I did, Target usually has buckets in their dollar (or few dollar) section that could be easily embellished and personalized.
What do you think of my take on the “creative Valentine’s box”?
What will your kids be bringing to their Valentine’s exchange tomorrow?
I’d love to see what you come up with!