My favorite school party is on Friday: the annual Valentine’s Day party in my son’s elementary school class. Why is it my favorite? It’s the one time the children focus on really giving something to others in their class. Everybody gets a Valentine’s Day card, and they each decorate a box to hold their treasures.
In year’s past, my son saved his Valentine’s cards for years, bringing them out every so often to reminisce. A romantic at heart? This year however, he was sick, out from school, and beginning to feel a bit too old for all of this Valentine’s fuss. He just couldn’t get excited about decorating his own shoe box for the party.
Until he spied a funky project I had done from WhipUp, my absolute favorite craft blog. Picnic Basket Crafts shared how she repurposed an old cereal box into a DIY shipping box for her items on Etsy. It was just so cute I had to try it. I had no use for it – my books and kits are too large to fit into it, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do whatta girl’s gotta do. So I followed her great instructions, and voila – I had my own lunchbag-style box. And it sat on our counter with really no purpose or destination.
Until my son spied it and decided it would make a perfect Valentine’s Day card holder. Out came the construction paper, tape, scissors, and glue stick. He did it all himself and is excited about taking it to school. He even made his own lunchbag-box with an old cereal box I provided.
You never know where creativity will take you. Even with the simplest of materials.