Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Piranha Plant Valentine Card box

Note: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Recently Plaid Crafts sent samples of craft paint and Mod Podge to a couple of craft bloggers.  They challenged us to create funky, fun, and unique Valentine Card Boxes.  Paint?  Mod Podge?  Fun Card Boxes?  Oh yeah.  You can bet that I was all over this challenge to celebrate Valentine's Day with Plaid Crafts!

Ok.  So it's been a zillion years awhile since I've been in school.  I really wanted to make a box inspired by my own childhood, so I went old school and made a Piranha Plant Valentine Card Box.  (I think my younger self would have totally dug it.)

Piranha Plant Valentine Card Box

DIY Piranha Plant Valentine Card Box

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Materials Needed:

  • Apple Barrel Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Oatmeal container
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Large Popsicle Stick
  • Hot Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush
  • Packing Tape
  • Brown Craft Paper (optional)

Let's make ourselves a Piranha Plant Valentine Card box!

1.  Trim your oatmeal box.

Trim Your Oatmeal box to make Valentine Card Box

2.  Draw your piranha plant on a piece of cardboard.  Make sure you design it so that the leaves poke out the top of the oatmeal box.  Cut it out.  (Optional:  If you want to include a blue background, cut out a rectangular piece of cardboard that's taller than your plant and wider than your oatmeal box.)

Cut your piranha plant and background

3.  Paint your cardboard and oatmeal box. Once your paint dries, use a sponge brush to apply Mod Podge. This will protect your paint job.  (Note:  My oatmeal box had a really waxy surface that ended up being difficult to paint.  So I hot glued a piece of brown craft paper around it first and then painted that.)

Paint your piranha plant and oatmeal box container

4.  Hot glue a craft stick to the back of your piranha plant stem.

hot glue a craft stick to the back of your piranha plant

5.  Tape your plant stem into your oatmeal container.

Tape stem into oatmeal box container

That's it!  :)  
Now you just have to feed it Valentines!

Piranha plant Valentine Card Box

This would be a great Valentine Card Box for a kid that isn't really into the traditional hearts and flowers scene.  It's pretty easy to make, so you could even complete it in one night!

Here's what it looks like with a lovely blue background attached.  

completed piranha plant valentine card box

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Like this idea?  Here are some other fun ideas for Valentine's Card Boxes below.
Happy making, friends!