Sunday, December 26, 2010

Dress-up Boxes

The Christmas dress-up boxes for the grand daughters turned into a big hit this year. If you have a little princess who likes to dress up, you might want to start on this project early. It makes a great birthday or Christmas gift. For about six months I looked for items the girls would enjoy wearing. I stored them in my closet while I thought about the presentation. Since there are so many pretty covered boxes on the market, I simply waited until I found two I liked--and used a coupon to buy them at 40% off, of course. The next step was to personalize the prize.

1. On the back (paper side) of a piece of sticky-backed felt, outline the child's name.

2. Cut out around the letters. (For stability, keep the letters connected.)  Bubble letters work well.

3. Slowly peel the back from the felt. 

4. Carefully place the sticky side on the box where you want it. (You only have one chance to get this right, the adhesive is pretty strong.)

5. Outline the letters in glitter
    glue. Allow to dry.

    6. To personalize the dress-up box even more, I chose a photo of the child, printed it out and sprayed it twice with a thin coat of hair spray. (Allowing it to dry between coats.) This gave the photo more durability. I carefully cut away all the excess from the photo and glued the child's picture to the top of the box. In this case, I chose a picture of the child in her Halloween costume and drew a wand in her hand. By adding a glitter starburst to the end of the wand, it appears she is adding the glitter to her name.
Inside the box she'll find (just to name a few things): silly sunglasses, tiaras, dress-up clothing, a boa, gloves, purses filled with necklaces and bracelets and tu-tus, of course.

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