Friday, 6 February 2015

A Valentine's themed jewellery box

Lots of children enjoy collecting little treasures, and they love the idea of making a little storage box to keep everything safe. With Valentine's Day on the way, I decided that together we would make her a simple heart themed jewellery box to store some of her bits and pieces prettily. 

Valentine's Day themed jewellery box craft

The jewellery box is really simple to make and is a great way to corral tiny bits and pieces together. You can customise it with the child's name, and they can take pride in adding their own individual touches.

Valentine's Day themed jewellery box craft

Here is how we made it:

Materials:

Small, sturdy cardboard box
Something to cover it with - for example coloured duct tape, paint or wrapping paper
Decorations - for example stickers, plastic jewels, foam stickers, coloured paper and cardboard, washi tape
Adhesive for your decorations - we used Bostik micro dots

Instructions:

The most important thing is to find a suitable box. It needs to be sturdy and easy for a small child to open and close.

Valentine's Day themed jewellery box craft

My box originally held a bathroom accessory. I modified it by removing the side flaps on the lid and cutting the front hinge down so that it easily opens and shuts. Then I used coloured duct tape to cover the entire box. I hid the messy edges under the lid with some pink cardboard, and used some pretty washi tape around the top and bottom.

Valentine's Day themed jewellery box craft

Then I let Mia loose with the decorating. She was very eager to use the large plastic gems that she found in our pack, and I found that the Bostik micro dots were brilliant for sticking them firmly. I'd not used them before and they were fantastic, a sheet of tiny sticky dots which you just press something against to give it a sticky backing. It also worked really well for the foam heart stickers. I cut the letters of her name out from glittery red cardboard and she also found some letter stickers to spell her name.

Valentine's Day themed jewellery box craft

She was so pleased with it, and showed it off to Harry as soon as he was home from school. This meant of course that we then had to sit down and make him one as well! It's so nice for her to have her own place to keep little things that are important to her (although I'm not sure it will stop her leaving them lying around the house!)

You can find more Valentine's Day crafts for toddlers here - Valentine's Crafts for toddlers


The box of craft materials was provided to me free of charge by Bostik as part of the Tots100/Bostik Craft Bloggers Club.

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