As Thanksgiving approaches, I am flooded with feelings of gratitude toward God for all that he has blessed me and my family with. My heart and life are so full that they just have to spill out into the lives of others! Pretty soon I will start my Christmas gift and card making frenzy which, as always, will continue right up until the last minute . But first I wanted to make something for someone who won’t be getting too much else for Christmas this year, and who really needs some of that extra love and blessing spilling out of my life! My husband and I have been participating in Operation Christmas Child every year since we’ve been married. Usually, we do two boxes, I fill one for a girl and he does one for a boy (instead, this year he’s buying gifts for a local child in need). We usually just buy plastic boxes to fill, but this year I decided to use a shoebox and decorate it with scraps of beautiful Shabby Princess papers. I hope the little girl who receives my gift will enjoy the box as much as its contents !
Hybrid Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
This was such a simple project to do, and it was totally free, because I just used what I had on hand in my scrap room ! The end result is a pretty box that will be perfect for holding the treasures of the little girl who receives it.
- Scraps of decorative paper
- Mod Podge & foam brush
- Ribbon & cord
- Glue gun & glue
Step 1) Make sure that your shoebox is clean, the paper might not stick well if it is too dusty. Before you start, make a plan for how you will cover the box. This way you can make sure you have enough to cover the whole box and you will have a good idea what the finished box is going to look like.
Step 2) Next, lay out your pieces of paper, face down, in the order that you want to adhere them to the box. One at a time, paint the backs with Mod Podge, using a small foam brush, and place them on the box, smoothing them with your finger to remove any bubbles or wrinkles. The type of Mod Podge you use depends on your preference, I used glossy.
Step 3) When the box is completely covered, let it dry. Then cover the entire box with another coat of Mod Podge. It will look milky white at first, but it dries totally clear.
Step 4) Once everything is dry, attach ribbon around the outside of the box lid using hot glue. I also attached a cord on the inside of the box, to hide the seams at the bottom.
Tips and Tricks:
Don’t toss out those catalogs you’re always getting in the mail, they are perfect for this project! Open up the catalogue, and place the paper strips to be painted with Mod Podge face down on the pages. This will protect your table from getting covered with glue, and when you need a new clean surface, simply turn the page !
Also: it is not totally random that I have lots of coordinating Shabby Princess scrap paper around – I planned it that way! Every time I print photos or digital scrapbook pages, I open them in Photoshop and place them on a 8.5×11 document (or 13×19 if I’m printing a 12×12 page). If there are any blank portions of the page, I fill those areas with my favorite digital scrapbook papers. This way, when I cut out my photos, I have pretty paper pieces left instead of trash that would otherwise have gone to waste !
That’s it! The project doesn’t take long to do at all, because Mod Podge dries really fast, I did the whole thing a little at a time yesterday afternoon. Even if you don’t have time to decorate a box, I hope you’ll consider donating a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child this week, there are collection posts set up all over the US which will be collecting boxes until Monday (November 19th).