[Editor's Note: For those of you who are reading this post in August, this is also a great idea for a back to school project!]
Yea, it's summertime! For many kids, summer means camp fun. Whether your children attend a sleepover camp, day camp, or even set up tents in your own backyard, it's always good to change up the routine and get into the summer groove. Today I'm sharing an E-Z tutorial to alter a plastic pencil box into a surprise package. Fill it with camp "must haves," and sneak it into your child's duffel bag before he or she goes off to camp.
Start with a plain plastic pencil box. Staples usually carries these in their dollar bins. Sometimes you can find them at dollar stores. And they come in a variety of colors.
|Mundane pencil box screaming for embellishments|
|Ribbon, rub-ons, rhinestones, buttons, etc.|
|A little edging to emphasize the border|
|"Life's Better with Chocolate"|
Slide out the inside tray, and podge the coordinating piece of paper to it.
|Mod Podge the interior|
When completely dry, add your "ingredients." Suggestions: a pack of gum, band-aids, chap stick, mini suntan lotion, postage stamps, playing cards, and a mini note from home! The note can be folded into a business card-sized envelope, which fits perfectly inside the box.
And I know I just said it was the beginning of summer. However, this cute little box can easily be adapted for a back-to-school gift. Add new pencils, pens, erasers, sharpener, and a 6" ruler for a great first day of school surprise. Taking it one step further, I created a coordinating note holder (from a wooden clothespin) and a tile coaster to hold a water bottle in place. There's something about a coordinating ensemble that just oozes fun!
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