Hi there, beautiful! My cherry blossoms were asked to create a special box for their valentines exchange at school. Oh, how fun I thought this would be and the girls got really excited. So, off to Pinterest I went for some inspiration. Wow! I did not expect to see so many extravagant creations. There were boxes transformed into rainbows, kitties, pandas, puppies, Shopkins, emojis, and unicorns (Mila and Kaiya’s favorite). Each seemed to require assistance from Martha Stewart herself. Knowing the reality of my crafting skills (or lack of), I felt the intimidation of just navigating the aisles of Michaels to collect the endless supply list. I’m in awe of moms with the time and skills to turn out such elaborate DIYs. I also admit I was a bit jealous when I saw a Facebook post of a friend’s son with his premade valentines box! My girls love arts and crafts and their teacher really wanted them to use their own imagination when creating their box. So, off to the craft store I went.
With list in hand, I was ready to tackle the endless shelves of glitter, glue guns, scrapbooks, and bedazzelers. I was ready to get everything we needed to create the most magical and “sparkliest” unicorn box ever. My trepidation disappeared as soon as the automatic doors opened upon the bargain bins. As I crossed over the threshold of the store, I was greeted with stacks of photo storage boxes in every hue of true love. From shades of pink and purple to polka-dots and hearts, there were boxes already dressed for Cupid’s big day. Yay, I now saw that I no longer needed tissue paper, glitter, and something called Mod Podge to cover an old shoebox from home. Money and time saved! I chose two fuschia boxes and two light pink and white polka-dot boxes so the girls would have an option. Boxes in cart, I then stumbled upon the Valentines Day seasonal shelves piled high with every kind of craft, glitter, and sticker you could imagine for the lovely day. Then, my imagination began to run.. well, maybe it was more of a jog (remember, I’m not so crafty). Rather than trying to copy someone else’s valentines creation, why not let the girls create their own?! I loaded my cart with pompoms, glitter glue, puffy hearts, and a collection of other heartwarming crafting supplies. There were even a couple of craft kits to make this crafting thing a whole lot easier for a mom like me. I got them each a kit that easily transforms their boxes into pink kitty cats.
Mila and Kaiya completely forgot about the sparkly unicorn box when I showed them the Valentines treasures I collected for them. Their imaginations began to dance and sing as they glued, glittered, pompommed, and googly-eyed their creations. Both of them transformed one box into a kitty with the craft kits I bought. They also decorated their polka-dot boxes with pompom caterpillars, foam hearts, and lots of sparkles. They both had such pride in their creations. This not-so-crafty mommy thinks these two created Valentines boxes that surpass any Pinterest unicorn box!
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