Make a Memory {Movie Night with Personalized Concession Boxes}

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!

I love summer. It’s full of so many of my favorite things–the beach, BBQ’s, watermelon, the 4th of July, flip flops, campfires in the backyard, and much more. But there is one more thing that our family loves to do in the summer, and has become a favorite summer tradition…movie nights!

Movie night is much loved at our house. A lot of the time it is spontaneous and casual, and we all cozy up together to watch and munch popcorn. But there are also extra special times during the summer when it’s an “official movie night”–planned in advance, and highly anticipated…mostly due to the concession stand.
The week preceding movie night, all the kids are able to earn concession “money” (in Monopoly form). They do this by being good listeners, obeying quickly, keeping their room clean, going the extra mile, being kind to siblings, extra chores, etc. (Want your baseboards or windowsills cleaned? This is a great week for that!)
That evening, I set up a concession stand with popcorn, cans of soda, candy bars, cookies, and cotton candy, all labeled with prices. I also have fruit available, for free. :) They can even purchase a variety pack, that comes with pop (if you’re under 5, it comes in a sippy cup!), popcorn, and a candy bar for a set amount. It is SO fun. The kids love it, we all look forward to it, and it’s an extra incentive and reward for good behavior and helping around the house.

With all this yummy concession food, I needed something for them to keep it all together. Using the cardboard flats that canned goods come on, you can have adorable boxes that are perfect for movie night.

Movie Concession Boxes


  • 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.

You’re done! You’re ready for a movie night of your own!
P.S. We LOVE our popcorn containers from the One Spot at Target…only $1, and SO fun. We use them all the time. Our Target has them right now, so yours might as well!

Thanks so much for having me Michelle, and to all of you for reading. It was so fun to be here!

Come on by brown paper packages to say hi–I’d love to have you!



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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