I have fond memories of decorating old oatmeal containers and shoeboxes for Valentine’s Day parties at school when I was growing up. My son is really into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so we went with that theme for our shoebox.
His favorite turtle is Michaelangelo so we needed green and orange paint. Of course, the store I stopped in only had a 3 pack of red, yellow and blue so I got a crash course in mixing colors!
Yellow and blue make green (thanks Ziploc!) and red and yellow make orange. And as I learned, when making orange paint, start with yellow and add just a touch of red…. I did the opposite and had to add a LOT of yellow to get the color we wanted. (At least we have plenty of orange paint for anything we would ever want to make in the future!)
The whole box was painted green, except for the strip along the bottom of the top lid that I taped up with painters tape. You can see where the extra paint is dripping down on it.
He painted it, and I smoothed out the extra so it would dry evenly.
After the paint dried, I gently taped along the top edge of the top of the box to prevent the orange from running over onto the green areas, and he painted that.
After it was completely dry, we used construction paper to cut out the eyes and mouth, and a little orange bandana piece for the top of the box, and that was it. We secured the pieces with little rolled up pieces of painter’s tape, and stick glue.
Kids just need to raise the lid to insert Valentines.
The red on Michaelangelo’s teeth is there because he just ate a piece of pizza, a little embellishment of the part a 6 year old boy 🙂 It’s his box, so I am good with a little extra oomph!
We had fun doing this, and it was very inexpensive to create. He really liked the finished product! And I know he will play with it until it falls apart.
Please share any ideas for boxes that you’ve made or remember from long ago!
Check out the easy, last-minute Star Wars Death Star Valentine’s Day box we did here!