My daughter’s preschool class is having a Valentine’s Day party next week and her homework is to decorate a box or bag so she can receive Valentine’s from her classmates. I was sitting at McDonald’s with a fellow preschool mom and friend when she brought up our “kid’s” homework assignment. Fortunately, I was sitting with Happy Meal box staring me in the face. Done. Check. My daughter and I would turn her Happy Meal box into a Valentine’s Day gift bag.
- McDonald’s Happy Meal box
- Spray Paint
- Construction paper and scissors
- Marker or Wiki Stick
- As soon as we got home, I set it outside upside-down over an old tiki torch stuck in a dirt pale from the garage. I set it on some plastic and gave it a coat of pink spray paint left over from my stairwell chalkboard wall and DIY wall decor.
- After it fully dried, I let my daughter decorate it with some bright colored, leftover heart stickers I picked up from Dollar Tree to set out on our tables for MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers).
- Then I used red that looks pink construction paper to cut out 2 matching hearts. I followed the shape of the golden arches from the Happy Meal box to make sure the hearts would cover the arch. I tried to use a glue stick to glue the hearts, which worked to temporarily hold them in place.
- Next, I cut a 2 foot piece of pink ribbon, folded it in half and stapled the center to one side of the golden arches (from the inside) along the crease, which also served to help secure the heart in place. Then I used the pointy scissor edge to cut a small hole into the heart along the crease on the opposite side. I pulled the 2 pieces of string through the hole and tied a bow on the opposite side as a way to secure the box together and keep the goodies inside.
- Now that the one heart had a pink bow, my daughter and I thought we could use the other side to write her name. I couldn’t find her markers. Instead, we picked out a purple Wiki Stick and used it to write her name in cursive across the heart. Since it wouldn’t stay very well, even with a little added glue stick, I used a couple well placed staples to help reinforce both the heart as well as her name.
- To get out the love notes and candy, simply untie the bow and open the box to discover the treasures inside.
If you, like most parents, are forced to participate in this holiday and need to whip out a Valentine’s gift bag at some point over the next few days, maybe this post will help inspire a little fun and creativity (or even a trip to McDonald’s) as you think what you could do to jazz up an ordinary box.
Happy Valentine’s Day!