Here we are, week 5 of the Make a Memory series. Each Monday now through the end of August I will feature a special family tradition from one of my favorite bloggers. It is so important to create lasting memories with our families and this will be a fun way to get ideas for fun traditions we can start with our own families. So let’s dive right in and see how Kierste from Brown Paper Packages and her family make a memory!
Hello there! I’m Kierste, from Brown Paper Packages, and I’m delighted to be here today!
- cardboard flats with sides–pick them up at the grocery store on your next trip! Look for boxes with sturdy sides and bottom, and no nicks or cuts.
- spray paint
- scrapbook paper
- distress ink
- Mod Podge and foam brush
- craft paint
- foam stamps
- Dust off your boxes, and make sure they are free of any lint.
- Paint them with the spray paint. The inside bottom and sides need to be done well–no cardboard showing, but the outside doesn’t need to be perfect, since you will covering most of it up with paper. Let dry.
***Painting tip: Take several large pieces of plywood or solid wood boards, and hammer in very long nails into them, so that they poke through on the other side at least an inch or more. (see my painting pics…you’ll see mine) When you’re ready to paint, lay the wood down with the nails pointing up. This will provide a great surface to set the items you’re painting on…allowing you to get at all angles and not have to stick to the surface.
- Measure the sides of your boxes, then cut scrapbook paper to fit.
- Distress all edges.
- Using the foam brush, apply a layer of Mod Podge directly onto the box. Place your paper on the box, then add another layer of Mod Podge on top.
- Repeat on all sides. Let dry.
- Stamp desired names in the middle of your box using craft paint and foam stamps. I like to use my finger to apply the paint to the stamp–it allows for more control over your paint.
What a fun idea to let them earn concessions. It is amazing what kids will do for some candy! My little guy would flip over having his very own! Thanks Kierste for a great idea on how to make a memory!
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