Again, I feel like I have a disadvantage as I was away all week without access to internet. (I was participating in a week-long Survivor-esque challenge, I'll probably write a blog about it later, but for now, I'm glad to be back in civilization!) So, I had just a few days to think about this and work on this project.
When I first began thinking about this, my mind went to thinking about children, and how children create. But moreso, how children are. They are wild, creative, care-free, and selfless. A child often has very little responsibilities and little to worry about - JUST PLAY! Sometimes, in this busy world, it's very hard to revisit these good warm n' fuzzy memories, when we have work, money stress, our own children to worry about, etc.
One of my friends is having a rough time lately. I won't go into detail, but she's been having a hard few months. I thought I could be selfless and creative and introduce some "warm-fuzzies" into her life and to let her know that I'm thinking about her and support her entirely. I wanted to create a sort of "Emergency Care Package" to uplift her thoughts and cheer her up.
Let's see how I did it!
For this project, I looked at it from a different angle than my past projects. Instead of creating something brand new, I wanted to take ordinary items from the dollar store, beautify them, and turn them into something REALLY special. The budget is the important thing here. I sat down and I made a list of a few items that I would like to receive or need when I'm having a hard time in life, and then I set to work.
1. Sweet Marbleized Heart-Shaped Crayons in Repurposed Container (CHILD CRAFT SUPPLY!)
First, I chopped up a bunch of old crayons and put them in some candy molds. 230 Degrees in the Oven for 15 minutes and PRESTO! Beautifully marbled crayons, shaped like hearts! How lovely!
For the container, I dug out an empty pimento jar from my recycling and cut out a circle from some patterned paper I designed and printed from work. Then, I modgepodged the circle and decorated the outside with glitter. That's right, I said GLITTER. Apparently, I haven't learned that glitter is STILL THE HERPES OF CRAFT PRODUCTS and now everything in my apartment is GLITTER. It's like a unicorn threw up in there or something.
Anyway, to finish off the jar, I found some gold/yellow jewels at the dollar store and finished up the trim to make it more polished. SO CUTE!
Crayons: FREE (already owned)
Paper: FREE (work perks)
Glitter: FREE (already owned)
Running Cost Total: $1
2. "Let It All Out" Journals
I don't know about you, but when I'm feeling icky, sometimes drawing or writing helps alleviate stress and pain. I put together these simple little notebooks of various sizes for my friend to use with her heart-shape crayons and to fill with dreams and feeling and happiness. I love these so much, I printed out some extra for myself! I used scrap paper from my work to create these, and bound them with a simple staple.
3. A Bright n' Beautiful Bouquet
Next, I thought a cheery bouquet of flowers would definitely make my friend feel better! I found all of these items at the dollar store, and with a little TLC, I made a perfect little centerpiece to brighten up a bedside table or desk! I'm feeling better already making these things!
White Rocks: $1
Ribbon: FREE (already owned)
Running Cost Total: $5
4. Extra-Special Self-Care Box
Everyone needs a pick-me-up every now and then, and I thought I would compile a few superlatives and words of encouragement for my friend to read if she's feeling low!
I found this wonderful cardboard heart-shaped box at the dollar store and gave it the same treatment as I did the crayon container. I cut out some patterned paper, modge-podged some glitter, and trimmed with jewels to make it a little bit extra. On some scrap paper, I wrote some special uplifting notes, and have also included a few strips for her to write her own self-affirmations.
Self-love is TRUE LOVE, BABY.
Running Cost Total: $6
5. Made with Love Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ummmm, what's a care package without chocolate, right? This was the easiest DIY out of the entire package. I found an unused canning jar in my cupboard, and cut a circle of patterned paper to dress up the lid. After the cookies were cool, I stacked them inside the jar and wrapped the whole thing with a pretty little ribbon. SO EASY!
Cookies: FREE (in cupboard, finally put to a good use!)
Running Cost Total: $6
6. Our Holy Mother of Beauty, Fierceness, and All That is Glamorous Prayer Candle
This part of the care package is by-far my favorite. I'm actually thinking of making more of these, it turned out so wonderful! I created a kind of tongue-in-cheek prayer candle for my friend to have to put a smile on her face, and of course, pay homage too these old hollywood greats. I found this plain religious candle at the dollar store and modge-podged an image directly onto the glass. To dress it up a bit, I added those jewels from before (they were really easy to apply, the jewels came strung on a glue-y line, it make it SO EASY to apply), and IT LOOKS AMAZING! I can't wait to make more of these! Think of the possibilities!
Running Cost Total: $7
And what's a care package without a little pun humor? Sometimes, just repackaging or wrapping a simple gift makes it so much more special to the receiver. I simply made a little label out of the patterned paper and found some vinyl mailbox letters in my craft stash to create some new packaging for this $1 Tea Box I found in the food section of the dollar store!
Chamomile Tea: $1
Running Cost Total: $8
Now to put it all together! I found this sturdy hot pink basin with handles at the dollar store to hold my nifty gifties, and garnished with a bright yellow sheet of tissue paper! How could you not smile seeing this?
Hot Pink Basin: $1
FINAL Cost Total: $9 (UNDER BUDGET WAHOO!)