I hope you guys are well.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and at my daughter’s school they did something pretty cool this year. They wanted their students to decorate and bring in a valentine holder for their valentine cards and treats.
My kindergartener and I decided to decorate an empty graze snack box (graze.com) because it was already partially decorated for Valentine’s Day (red hearts) and it was the perfect size to transform into a purse/clutch valentine holder! :)
We just added my daughter’s name in the front (covering the graze name) along with some 3D valentine stickers
and glued a piece of purple construction paper in the back and decorated it with a variety of stickers.
I secured the box with a little bit of clear tape and made a slot, which we decorated with a fabric, flower ribbon, for the valentine cards and treats to go in.
We recycled the clear plastic backing, which you can probably see in the first 2 pics, of the glitter tape decoration that we placed around the box (not shown in the pics) for the purse strap. I then showed my daughter how she could hold the box two ways: as a clutch with her hand or a shoulder purse with the strap. The giddiness that ensued after transforming that box into her valentine holder will stay with me forever. :)
As for my third grader, she had a vision and it involved one of her favorite cartoon characters, SpongeBob Squarepants. She loves that little dude!
She didn’t want to do plain, old SpongeBob though. No, she wanted to make SpongeBob in his Kuddly Krab work uniform. This uniform is featured in the episode titled “Bossy Boots.”
We printed out some pics of SpongeBob wearing the uniform so we could easily reference it.
I also made a template of the purple flower design that’s on the uniform so my daughter could easily trace, cut, and glue the design onto the box.
The materials we used were a cereal box, construction paper (pink, yellow, purple, white, and neon green card stock paper), and pipe cleaners. We also printed out a small spatula and a “Krabby Patty,” which we taped onto his hands.
From a cereal box to “Kuddly Krab SpongeBob Squarepants!”
Here’s the breakdown: We gift wrapped the box with pink construction paper using tape and glue. My daughter traced a big circle out of yellow construction paper for his face and two small circles for his eyes with white paper as well as two little squares for his front teeth. She then drew the details herself. She used the template for the purple flower designs and we glued those down as well as his face. The pipe cleaners were used to make the antennas, arms, legs, socks, and shoes. She wanted to place two pink hearts on the antennas instead of the red K’s. For his yellow hands I copy and pasted a picture of SpongeBob and cropped the pic until his hands were the only things on the screen, then printed and glued onto the pipe cleaner. We did the image two sided so it was easier to glue. A slot at the top of the box ensures that valentine cards and treats will go in nicely!
There you have it!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!
Take good care all.
Until next time…