Now that I have two school-aged kids, I really wanted to find a Valentine's Day treat that is quick, easy, and inexpensive for them to hand out to the kids at school. It had to be "mass produce-able" since I need about 50 of them. So I invested some time designing a "be mine" wrapper on the Silhouette that would cover a Nerds candy box.
It took many tries to get the folds just right, and the locking mechanism on the top to lay flat, but now this Valentine's Day message perfectly fits a Nerds candy box. I had fun decorating some of them, but you certainly don't need to spend time doing that.
In fact, I will most likely just use some double sided paper (solid or patterned) and skip the decorating for all the classroom valentines. They still look pretty cool. I'll save the "fancy" decorated ones for our neighborhood kids.
It takes 9 minutes to cut 8 of these out, and just seconds to fold them up. So if you're making them for a class and are just using patterned paper, you could have these done in about 10-15 minutes working time (30 minutes total time). Not bad, not bad at all! Plus once they are cut, the kids can do the rest, so you really could be looking at ZERO working time. Just supervising.
Here's a visual tutorial. Not much to it. In step 2 you can see I wrote "xoxo, Logan" in the middle. This is the bottom of the box, a perfect spot to write who it's from.
And here's a link to the cut file I made for the Silhouette, free for you to download and use if you wish. It's formatted to cut 8 boxes out of a standard 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock. There is also a set of hearts for each box if you want to use them on the front instead of stamping an image.
In the margin of the cut file is my first version of this box ... "I love you." I quite liked it. My husband did too, but then asked me who I was going to give these to, because it certainly wasn't going to be the kids' classmates. This was quickly confirmed by my oldest son. I guess I didn't quite think that one through. So maybe you could use these to leave around the house for your husband/significant other. Especially if they like Nerds.
I was super excited to find that the Papertrey Ink Tiny Treats stamp set not only had the perfect small scale for stamping images on the front, but the sentiments that go along with them absolutely and perfectly fit the tiny, thin flap just under the "be mine." These are stamped on the back of the box so when they are folded up they're in the right place.
I think these will look so cute sitting on desks at school, especially the teacher's desk.
Hope you give them a try!
Entering these in the CAS-ual Fridays challenge to use love letters creatively on your project
and the Moxie Fab Challenge to make an itty bitty card.
Thanks for looking!