Friday, February 1, 2013

Valentine Treat Boxes for Kids


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!
-Kelly

36 comments:

  1. These are awesome Kelly!! So so cute and easy too!

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  2. **thud**
    I know I type it every time I stop by...you are beyond amazing....oh.em.gee

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  3. Your kids are gonna be a hit!! These are beyond cute Kelly!!

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  4. I love your posts. There is so much eye candy here! I wish I knew how to do more with the silhouette, but sigh, I am not the engineering type! I need this cut file!

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  5. These are SUPER CUTE Kelly, your amazing!!!

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  6. Kelly!!!!! You are the best mom, crafter, and blogger! I love your idea , and even though it took some time to figure it out, I would say well worth it! Just adorable! I bet the kids had so much fun with these and they will be so proud. Now I am thinking ,maybe this silhouette might just be worth getting.TFS

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  7. You're kids are going to have the best valentines! I love these!

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  8. What a fun project! These are some of the cutest Valentine's I've seen in awhile! Makes me a little sad that my DS no longer has VD parties at school, these would be perfect! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  9. You amaze me each day I visit your blog! Super cute!!

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  10. These are a total stand out - is it weird that I wish my kids were younger so I could mass produce a class set LOL?

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  11. Very, very clever my dear. You and I clearly have different ideas of 'easy' to produce! lol!

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  12. Another amazing project! I love both versions. Just love them!

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  13. Get out!!!!! This is soooo stinky cute! I wish I were one of the kids that gets this darling package... :) So glad that you join the fun with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  14. I know it was probably fun doing these but when do you have the time? Even mass produced, they have a lot of detail on them. The kids will love them, as do I.

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  15. My oh my..... how cute are these!!!!!! So sweet, so vibrant...great work there!

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  16. These boxes are soo cute and creative!! I love the decorating you did on them, makes them extra cute. And your presentation is awesome, loved looking at every photo including the mini tutorial :)

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  17. Kelly, I have said it in the past and I'm going to say it again here now: you are GENIUS!

    Now, If PTI doesn't recruit you asap to be on their team, they're crazy!!

    What you have invented here is adorable and brilliant!

    Thank You so much for sharing the tutorial as well!

    Bravo ;-)

    xx

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  18. Kelly, these are just too cute! I am so happy that I can finally say that I have a Silhouette! Now I can make adorable things like you, thanks for the inspiration.

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  19. A total winner in my book. These are adorable and brilliant, and everything else. You are like a walking advertisement for the Silhouette. Any kid would love them. Any age, too.

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  20. OH my gosh! Those are so CUTE!! What an awesome and creative way to use letters! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays this week!

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  21. Kelly, these are amazing! I'm in awe!

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  22. Wow pretty gorgeous creations.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.in

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  23. these are really cute! thanks for the instructions.
    Inez, ineseda.blogspot.com

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  24. Hey Kelly! Thanks for linking this up to the Make an Itty Bitty Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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  25. OMG, seriously soooo cute! I'm featuring it in my linky party feature post today. Keep your eye out! :)XOXO

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  26. Hi Kelly - your nice comments on my blog made me check out yours and I got totally stuck on it - I love what you do! Loved it so much I had to become a follower - don't wanna miss anything in the future ... :)

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  27. I love this idea! So cute and creative! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday - http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party6/
    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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  28. Kelly! Seriously? How do you find the time and WHERE OH WHERE does all your creativity come from? These are not only genius, but quick and kid-doable too.
    I love them to pieces!

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  29. So incredibly cute! The kids would absolutely love these!

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  30. I am so glad you came over to share! I hope to see you this week.

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly