My son had his Valentine’s Day party at school this week and he wanted to make a robot box for collecting the cards. We gathered the boxes that we had available (which weren’t many because we get a little obsessive about recycling them at times) and he figured out which ones would work for his design.
He came up with the design on his own, but I did help a bit with the execution of the design. When we were beginning to work on it, he looked up at me and said, “Hey, you could put this on your blog!” He was right! This was a very creative endeavor, and I had never made such an ambitious plan for a Valentine’s Day box when I was a kid. I mostly stuck to either a brown paper bag or a shoe box with hearts on it. I love seeing so much creativity and excitement in my son.
We started with the selected boxes and cut out the holes for the cards to be dropped in. Parts that were cut out from the shoe box were glued onto the front of the box used for the body to give it some visual interest.
Then the fun began of wrapping it in aluminum foil. That stuff tears like nobody’s business, so it was a little tricky in spots like the corners. Fortunately, I had bought a role of aluminum tape a couple of years ago for a different craft, and that worked perfectly for fixing the tears. It was also used to wrap the arms and legs of the robot, because it was a lot easier than trying to secure the aluminum foil.
Once the whole thing was wrapped, the head was secured to the body by using more of the aluminum tape where the holes in the two boxes lined up. Then he glued on some colored bottle caps I had lying around in my craft supplies.
It turned out so cool and his classmates were impressed.
The best part about making this was getting to work with my son on it. He is a very creative kid and fun to hang out with in general.
When I started this blog last year, I didn’t even think about writing a post on making a Valentine’s Day box. My lesson learned from this experience is to remember there are adventures in creativity in places we might not necessarily think of.
I’ll be keeping an eye out for these opportunities more often, and I hope you will, too. 🙂