A long story with only one sentence related to this project, stay with me now:
My closest friends know how much I love breads and sweets. I can put down a bucket of pasta no problem, then finish off a bundt cake for dessert. If I could eat like that and not gain an ounce I probably would (even though, clearly - that's not healthy).
I'm the type of person who has to be all in or not at all, so when I commit to dieting I really commit, and when I commit to not dieting, I am one happy girl. I've found that I can generally diet in spurts. Thanksgiving through New Years I let myself eat whatever I want, then eat Paleo, New Years through Thanksgiving. During my diet months I have certain weekends where I allow myself to cheat (holidays, birthdays, etc). Valentine's Day is the first cheat weekend of the New Year - so this makes me REALLY love Valentine's Day. Greg and I consider it our anniversary, I get to eat cake, and I get to make cute crafts. Hence this little animal box.
After all of the Christmas crafts, I generally need a break from DIY-ing, but I had these little animals and empty boxes left over from ornaments I made this year, and I thought they would make the perfect courier for Valentine trinkets. Fill them up with a bit of shredded paper, a love note, and a token to show your affection to your Valentine. (See, I told you there would be a sentence about this project.) Oh, ps: I think these would make great wedding favor boxes / escort cards too!
- Paint (any color, I chose chalkboard paint because I wanted to write names on the exterior.)
- Gold [Spray] Paint (I was out of spray paint, but I highly encourage you to use it, it will expedite the whole project.)
- Animal Figures (I got mine at Michael's)
- Paper Mache Boxes
- Really Good Glue
Step 1: Gather your supplies and begin painting your boxes, apply a few layers. If you decided to use these as escort cards, you could fill them with a small favor and write the guest's name in chalk on the box!
Step 2: Spray paint your animals gold (or whatever color you prefer), I was out of spray paint and it took me 4 layers of gold paint to completely cover my animals.
Step 3: Use glue to secure your animals to the lids of your boxes. Then let completely dry.