Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cupcake Valentines Box!

Well, it's been Valentine's central around here and I've been as busy as cupid himself getting everyone ready for the sweetest day of the year!

In case you didn't know . . . I HEART Valentine's Day!

And like most moms of school-age kiddos, we needed to make a box for Sheep's valentines at school.  She always comes up with something clever, usually centered around puppies, for her box and this year was no exception.  She wanted to make a cupcake valentine box and even had an idea of what she would use to make it - a flower pot on the bottom and an inverted bowl on top.

But mama thought she might try and use something a little less permanent since we don't keep these boxes (thank heavens) forever!  I decided to Google some ideas and see what others had done.  Google was actually very little help, but never fear - Pinterest is here!
 (I should have started there first)

There were literally tons of pins for Cupcake Valentines boxes, but many turned out to be nothing more than a picture, rather than a how to, so I decided to share with you how we got ours done.  Unfortunately, I didn't stop to take pictures along the way, but this project was so easy, you won't need them!

Empty, clean 1/2 gallon Blue Bell (or other round) Ice Cream Carton
Paper bowl with rim so it's able to rest on the top of the carton
Duct tape
2 pieces of scrapbook paper cut into 5" strips
Roll of 6" wide tulle
LOTS and LOTS of hot glue
Embellishments (we used heart confetti and foam stickers)

1.  Start by discarding the lid of the ice cream carton and inverting the bowl on top of the carton.
2.  Use several strips of duct tape on the outside and inside of the bowl to 'hinge' the lid to the carton.  Alternatively, you could tape it all the way around and cut a slit in the top of the bowl to insert the valentines.
3.  Accordion-fold your scrapbook paper strips, gluing the end of one strip to the beginning of the next, forming a circle at the end with all four.
4.  Apply hot glue to the outside of the carton and hold open your paper 'cupcake liner' wide enough to insert the carton through the circle.  This might take an extra set of hands.  Sheep helped!
5.  Push and hold the liner around the carton so the inside edges of the pleats become glued to the carton.
6.  Starting at the center of the bowl, unroll some length of tulle, apply hot glue to the bowl and scrunch the tulle onto the bowl, holding in place (ouch - that's HOT!) until it stays.
7.  Continue unrolling, gluing and scrunching tulle onto your bowl/lid until it is completely covered.
8.  Embellish with confetti, buttons, foam stickers, pom-poms, etc.  We used what we had on hand.  The cherry on top was made from two glittery ladybug foam stickers and a piece of brown ribbon sandwiched in between.  Once the ladybugs head was covered in glue and secured in the tulle it looked just like a cherry!

At this point you might consider robbing a bank or your favorite store as you will have no fingerprints left from the hot glue and will be untraceable - ha!

This project reminded me so much of my mom because I was always coming up with these great ideas that she was then supposed to somehow make happen.
And she did.
And so shall I!

Having been on the other side of it now for a couple of years with my own little creative, all I can say is, "Thanks Mom!"

And Happy Valentine's Day Y'all!

Sharing this sassy project at some or all of these great parties: Under the Table and Dreaming, Totally Overflowing with Creativity, Three Mango Seeds, Classy Cutter, Serenity You, House of Hepworth, Skip to my Lou, LadyBug Blessings, Nap Time Creations, The Style Sisters, Polkadots on Pararde, Rae Gun Ramblings,Costal Charm, Not Just a Housewife, Domestically Speaking, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Sumos Sweet Stuff, The Gunny Sack, Gingersnap Crafts, Southern Lovely, Lil Luna, Someday Crafts, The NY Melrose Family, The DIY Dreamer, The Blackberry Vine, Homeworks, The Rustic Pig, Cornerstone Confessions, Kathe with an E, House on the Way, PJH Desgin, Glued to my Crafts, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Seven Alive, Made in a Day, Live Laugh and Love, A Creative Place, Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson, Home and Gardens, It Happens In a Blink, I Gotta Create, Domestic Super Hero, All Pretty Things, Katie's Nesting Spot, 52 Mantels, Truly Lovely, Twinkle in the Eye, Happy Hour Projects, Six Sisters Stuff, Tutus and Tea Parties, Mop It Up Monday, Saturday Show and Tell, Moonlight and Mason Jars, The Scoop, Wow Us Wednesdays, Take-A-Look Tuesday, Share Your Stuff Tuesdays

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