Make a pretty and unique Kids Art Gift Box with your little one, it’s perfect for Mother’s Day!
So O has reached that stage (which I LOVE) where he wants to do grownup things and he wants to do pretty much everything he sees us doing. If I’m cooking he wants to help. If I’m working on my computer, he often get his toy laptop out and “works” too. He likes to wear a tie like daddy. He even started carrying a random novel around and telling us he was checking his “faceBOOK”! We seriously laughed for five minutes at that one.
He also likes to be involved in doing things for other people. He drew pictures on every single one of the valentine’s for his classmates and he loves to draw pictures for people or help pick out a present for someone. So the other day when I was working on a project that involved painting a wooden box, he asked if could paint a box too. I love doing kids art projects with him but I didn’t have another wooden box. After a quick think I had a great idea, I grabbed a simple brown cardboard jewelry box.
I’m sure you’ve gotten these before, right? Usually they’re filled with that fluffy white cotton stuff to keep a necklace or bracelet from sliding around? Well, I always keep those, they can be so handy for storing little things or wrapping small presents. So I got one, got out the washable kids tempera paints and let O go to town. We let him pick the colors but tried to keep it to one or two complimentary colors for each part of the box that he painted. (Thankfully the brown and orange stayed on the inside!) They actually turned out really pretty.
If your little one want to cover the entire box, go ahead and let them. But O was only interested in doing the top and bottom surfaces. It looked nice but the edges were kind of messy and smudged so I took a small brush and painted the edges with two coats of charcoal craft paint. That took me about five minutes total.
I think it framed his pretty paintings so well and made the box look less like crazy kid project and more like sophisticated gift box. And the best part is that when we put my mom’s birthday present in it, he will feel so proud for having made it himself!
A little baker’s twine or a ribbon and you have a beautiful gift box!
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