Yesterday all my good intentions went out the window. I try to start each week with good news, which I did, but then I had to follow that up with bad news. I’m sorry but I had to vent and get it off my chest and hoped you would understand.
So today I will lighten it up a bit with two upcycling projects that became Valentine’s gifts.
I could call this a before and after, but I forgot to take before pictures. I should be better at this by now, but you know how it is when you have a little one excited to try a new craft and this was all hers. :-) You will just have to take my word for how the items looked and what they originally were.
This first one was a plastic box which held a music box mechanism. My neighbor had found this and I wanted to add it to the found jewelry box I gave my youngest granddaughter. She loves her music box but the plastic case wouldn’t fit inside the jewelry box. I couldn’t toss it out, it’s plastic!
When the little one asked if I had anything heart-shaped she could use to make her mom a Valentine’s gift this came to mind. She spotted some tissue paper I saved from someone’s Christmas gift that is red with sparkles on it and asked if she could use it along with glue. When I realized where she was going I offered her the modge podge for a long-lasting finish and here’s what she came up with.
No matter how many times I tried to photograph this heart box I couldn’t get a decent picture of the color, but it really is cute. Because the lid fits inside the box rather than over it she thought it might be hard to open and found a piece of red ribbon. Using a yarn needle she inserted the ribbon through and I tied a few knots on each end on the underside to keep it in place. Now mom can easily lift the lid with the ribbon.
Mom was taken care of but she now wanted something for dad. Staying on the box theme I remembered the small plastic box that came with my Dremel for Christmas. The box only held a few of the attachments so I switched them to a slightly larger metal container I had which held all the pieces.
I handed her the box and she immediately said this had to be blue and she would paint it. Using regular acrylic craft paint she carefully painted the outside of the box and lid. Once dry she searched through stickers she saves Yes, if she receives stickers she only uses a couple and brings the rest here to store in her craft box. Here is what she came up with.
While she knew exactly how mom and dad should use their boxes, mom should store jewelry in hers and dad should store his thumb drive in so he can’t get it dirty or lose it, she wanted to put something inside them as a gift. She informed me chocolate would be good. I got my hands on a few Hersey Kisses and gave them to her. Three went in each box while reserving two, one for her and one for me for a “good day of crafts”. We worked on another project I’ll share later.
Do you buy Valentine’s gifts? What is the best gift you have given or received on Valentine’s Day?