Favorite Things Boxes

Hey Ladies-

Welcome back to the real life!! It always feels to me like that time between Halloween and New Years is a completely different life filled with chaos and craziness, as well as tons of fun, family, and, well, yes, food!  While I love this time of year so very much, I am glad to say that I can return to my real life with a little more routine and structure (even if am not quite ready to send my babies back to school)!

While my kids were home with me I was doing my best to relish my time with them, while still getting a few things done.  They each received a few treasures over the holiday season, so I thought it would be fun to create fun storage for their new “Favorite Things!”

Here is what you need:

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  • Newspaper
  • A plain craft box
  • Wallet Size School Picture
  • 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 size piece of  scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush
  • Tissue Paper
  • Scissors
  • Assortment of Fun crafting items: colored Sharpies, puff paint, glitter glue, glitter, scrapbooking letters, any fun pictures, Scrapbook punches (for cutting fun shapes)

1.  Decide how you would like to lay out the tissue paper.  For the star, my daughter chose more of a color block design.  The cylinder was striped and the heart was a combination. Tear the tissue paper into varying sizes for the color block and into strips for the stripes.  Apply Mod Podge to the craft box in small sections with the sponge brush.  Quickly place the tissue paper over the Mod Podge making sure to smooth it with the sponge brush and add another thin layer of Mod Podge as you go. Continue working your way around the box until it is covered.  You will want at least 2 coats of tissue paper- I used 3 in most places-  letting each layer dry before applying additional coats. Don’t worry, it dries quickly so not a lot of waiting.

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2.  These are the fully Mod Podged boxes.

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3.  Brush Mod Podge to the back of the 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ scrapbook paper and adhere it to the box.  Then apply Mod Podge to the back of the photo and adhere it to the scrapbook paper.  Finish it off with a thin layer of Mod Pod over the top the photo, scrapbook paper, and top of box.

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4.  Once the photo is on, it is time to start using whatever fun crafting items you have on hand to personalize your box.  I wanted to make sure the add the words or a portion of them from “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things”. We love the “Sound of Music”.

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Cylinder: I applied puff paint for the words and sprinkled it with black glitter. I added pictures of our animals to the sides as my daughter’s favorite things are art and our pets.

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Star: I used a silver metallic Sharpie and a navy Sharpie for the words on this box. I love how the metallic words look! The shiny writing and stars play off of my little diva’s personality. She is a dancer and cheerleader who loves being the star of the show. Her presence is always known as soon when she enters the room and I sometimes jokingly refer to my little diva as “Hollywood.”

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Heart: My son chose the heart which accurately displays how loving and cuddly my little dude is. I think he said he choose it because it made him think about how much he loves his Mama ;-). (Yes, I know I baby my little man!) I used Scrapbook letters and die cut images to play up his love of sports. He loves to play and watch pretty much everything, so I think this was an accurate representation of him!

Have fun making you special boxes. I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did. This project was so fun to share with my kids, and allowed me to relish in there wonderful differences and personalities.

Edited Favorite things boxes

Happy crafting!!!

sharp4100@inter-state

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