Sweets for the Sweeties

Hi everyone! February is almost here and hearts are everywhere! My co-workers and I have a Secret Sister exchange every year for the week of Valentines. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to get to know someone a little better and create a nice work environment.  We fill out little forms about our likes and interests, then pick names and the week before Valentines Day, we secretly leave little gifts for them.  So, I always try to come up with something special and homemade, at least for one of the days.

My girls and I went to Starbucks this past week and Haley bought a sandwich that came in this cute little box.  I asked her to keep it so I could try to make it pretty! The first step was picking out some Valentine paper. I had these on hand, but you can find lots of different prints and styles at craft stores. I also used a paper cutter, since I can’t cut a straight line at all!

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I cut the paper long enough to fit around the sides of the box and overlap the front and back a little, plus go into the inside of the box.

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I glued the sides on and then cut a slit in each corner, diagonally from the corner of the paper to the corner of the box, so I could fold the paper around and into the inside of the box.

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Cut off the triangle that is left after folding. Glue down all your edges.

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Now measure out another piece of your paper to fit over the back, front and lid of your box. I laid mine on the paper and marked with a pencil how wide the piece needed to be. Cut this out.

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I cut off the little square that was on the bottom corner of the box opening and then traced the opening on the back side of the paper I just cut.  Cut the rectangle out so it will match the opening on the box.

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Once the opening is cut out, wrap the paper around the box, gluing in place.

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All nice and pretty! Now to add an embellishment.

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I cut out one large heart in white glitter paper and a smaller heart in pink glitter. I glued the small one on top of the larger one and then glued them over the opening on the front of the box.

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Ta da! All pretty and ready to add something sweet! I added a little bit of pink and white polka-dot tissue and a yummy chocolate chip bar is nestled inside.

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I will make some decorated heart shaped sugar cookies to give to my Secret Sister when the time comes, but this sure looks delicious!!

I tried to explain the cutting as well as I could, but it does sound a little confusing so please email me if you have any questions about the directions. Have fun!

Sunshine and Blessings,  Pam

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