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I love to give gifts but I am not a wrapper. I really hate wrapping anything. It doesn't matter if it is for Christmas or a birthday. I am the person who buys the bags from the dollar store so that I can just stick it in there. Besides the fact that I am really bad at it, wrapping causes so much waste. There is the making of the paper, which just gets thrown away after the person rips it open. I like to give my gifts in things that can double as something else. This cute and easy to make Valentine's Day Craft gift box also works as a home decor craft to store small things in.
Using a few inexpensive things, most of which I get from the dollar store, you can make this Valentine's Day craft. If your dollar store doesn't have small boxes when you are looking, Walmart often has them and the craft store sometimes sells them for as low as 50 cents.
Box- It can be a cardboard box or if you want something more sturdy, use a wooden box.
Napkins- Pick what ever napkins you like. I choose these pretty heart from the dollar store.
Modge Podge- This is one ting you can not get from the dollar store, but there is a simple way to make your own because it can be expensive. 50/50 water and glue will make the same solution as modge podge. If you want it to have a glossy finishing, add in a little bit of varnish. Glue is available at the dollar store.
Paint brush and scissors
Take you box and make sure there is no stickers on it. Mine had a ribbon that I took off carefully to use again later.
Take your first napkin and separate the layers. There is a white layer under the decoration layer. You want to only have the decoration layer. It can take a second or 3 to find the split but just keep checking the sides and kind of flicking it with your nails.
Cover the top of the box with the Modge Podge. It will look white but it dries clear.
Center the lid in the middle of the piece of napkin. If you are meticulous you can get a flat, non-bumpy texture. You have to work in small sections, carefully smoothing and pressing bit by bit. If you are too rough, you will rip the napkin very easily. Think wet paper and this is as thin as it gets. I like the rough and bumpy look. I think it adds to the craft. Plus, I am not into things that I have to be to meticulous with. I am more interested in the fun of the project not the details.
After you do the lid, do the same thing for the sides. Trim down each piece of napkin to fit the area you are working with.
Add a little bit more Modge Podge to the top of the napkin to completely secure it and protect the napkin from ripping after it dries. Don't had too much or it will rip ad you rub it.
This is a fun craft that even the kids can help with. When you are ready to give your box, use the extra napkins like tissue paper and add in some candy or little trinkets. Once it is done being for gift wrapping, use the box to hold trinkets and to decorate.