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We’ve recently moved to a new neighborhood, and my oldest daughter is having a hard time finding her groove at her new school.  She’s less than excited to go, even though she is a good student and her grades aren’t suffering, she’s just not sure where she fits in yet.  So when she came home last week and said that her homeroom teacher was having a contest for the best Valentine’s box I knew we just HAD to make something awesome!!

A friend of mine had posted a Pinterest find of a Minion Valentine’s box that he’d made for his daughter, and I told K maybe we should make that one.  While we were searching for Pinspiration, she asked if we could make a Unikitty box.  If you’re not familiar with her, Unikitty is a character from The Lego Movie, and I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Unikitty.  I thought it was a fantastic idea, and after a few internet searches of of other successful (and not so successful) Unikitty boxes I knew we could pull it off.

I brainstormed for a few days about what materials to use, aside from some left over moving boxes, and landed on the local party supply store for most of what I needed on the cheap.  I think I spend a total of $10.00 on supplies, and I have plenty left over for another Unikitty if the need ever arises.

Here are the supplies I used:

  • 2 empty recycled Amazon boxes
  • 1 roll of pink wrapping paper
  • 1 roll each of white, raspberry, caribbean blue, yellow, and lime green crepe paper streamers
  • 1 pack of white paper party cups
  • 1 roll heavy duty packing tape
  • Plain, white shipping label stickers
  • Black construction paper
  • 1 empty, square tissue box
  • 1 recycled piece of stiff styrofoam packing material
  • a compass
  • a circle cutter
  • misc. markers

Unikitty pre-construction

We started by taping the empty boxes shut, and wrapping them like a present, making sure to cut a hole in Unikitty’s back since this would be used to collect valentines.  Then we wrapped white crepe paper around the bottom of her head; blue, yellow, and white crepe paper around the bottom of her body; and green crepe paper around a cup that was cut to be used as her neck.  Then we cut out 2 black construction paper “humps” to put on the front and back to show the leg space.  I cut the tissue box in half on an angle for her ears and I cut her tail out of the styrofoam which I then colored in with a blue permanent marker.  We slapped it all together with a lot of tape, and called it a night.

End of day 1

I’m going to be honest, and tell you that I wasn’t entirely sure how we were going to pull off her face.  I had a couple of ideas, but nothing was really hitting me as the one.  Then a friend of mine mentioned that she was printing off images on sticky shipping labels and I had my “Ah ha” moment.  I had a whole pack of sticky shipping labels!!!  So, that’s what I’d use for all of her facial features.  I also didn’t want to do “EVERYTHING” on this project, so the nice thing about using the labels was that I got to draw them, and K got to stick them onto the face.  Using my circle cutter I cut out 2 large circles for the eyes and used a compass to draw the pupils and irises which were colored with permanent markers.  I cut out 2 small circles for her eye highlights, and 2 more circles for her cheeks, which I colored pink with a permanent marker.  Her nose and mouth were just free-hand drawn, colored with permanent markers, and cut out with scissors.

Face Stickers

Her horn was another hurdle to overcome, and I tried a few things before deciding to just glue several of the paper cups together in an ascending stack.  When they were dry we covered the top 2 cups with the blue crepe paper.  For her ears, I just wrapped them in the raspberry crepe paper.  I made her large white face detail out of 1 sticky label and traced the lid of an oval roaster.  Yes, you read that correctly, I went into my kitchen, got the lid to a roast pan out, and traced it on the sticky labels.

Preface

Our final step was placing the face stickers.  I have to say, my mommy OCD was in full force, and it was SO HARD not to take the stickers out of K’s hand and just do it myself!!!  But I didn’t and she did a great job!!

We loaded up the car this morning and drove to school since we didn’t want to risk a beheading on the bus!  She walked in proud as a peacock, and it made my mommy heart so happy to see her smiling face as people on the sidewalk commented on her box.

Sometimes I feel like I don’t do enough for my kids.  Sometimes I KNOW I don’t.  Sometimes I wonder what they’ll remember about being a kid when they have kids of their own.  But I am pretty sure that this is a memory K will always have, and I’m so very lucky to have been there to help make it happen.

K and Unikitty


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