But it's done! And Gwen is super excited and actually played a big part in its success.
She loves mermaids. At least at this moment in time, her birthday party theme is Mermaids. So, it seemed like a good idea to make her Valentines Day box a mermaid theme as well.
It all started with that box. I couldn't find a good-sized box for her Valentines at home, so I went to the local craft store. They had these decorative photo storage boxes on sale for under $5.
I also grabbed a bag of foam heart stickers, which later came in handy for the Valentines that Gwen will hand out. I gave her freedom to decorate the box as she pleased with these hearts. Then I went to work on the mermaid.
I used the cardboard from an old medical folder to make the head/torso sturdy. The head, arms, and face were done with construction paper. The shirt, wrapping paper. The tail, poster board. I used leftover wrapping paper and scrapbook paper for some scales.
We're pretty excited about the final product :)
Now, the Valentines were a fun project, too! I wanted to include candy, or a pencil, or a sticker. I found lots of ideas on Pinterest, but decided to use the foam stickers that I bought for the box. Gwen wrote the to's and from's on each heart. We took her picture holding an invisible heart and then I added it in Photoshop.
These were printed on 110lb cardstock at Office Max. I used an exacto knife to cut around her fingers and Gwen stuck the hearts inside.
I had a lot of fun working with Gwen on these projects.
Happy Valentines Day to all! ♥