Who doesn’t adore something that is handmade with love? Especially when it comes from the kids and is made just for you! When the boys were small we tried really hard to make something special for all of our relatives each Christmas. We have a very large family, so going out and buying gifts for everyone would have been very hard on the wallet. We just were not able to do that. Instead we made wonderful Handmade Christmas Crafts each year for the aunts and uncles, personalized just for them.
One of my favorite Christmas Crafts the boys made over the years was a box of love. A simple box wrapped up with a pretty bow, and this fantastic heart warming paragraph to show each family member just how much they were loved. I first saw this idea at a local crafts fair many years ago (I believe it was 2005) and I knew right then it was something the adults would adore.
You can use any empty box you have lying around. We have used empty butter boxes, macaroni and cheese boxes, or even these handy flavor packet singles boxes. It doesn’t have to be big, just large enough to attach the phrase and decorate the box if you choose to do that. Some pretty ribbon or other embellishments you have on hand will make it extra special and personalized.
Wrap the empty box and let the kids go to town decorating.
When you are printing, please be sure to UNCHECK fit to window if you are using windows photo viewer, or it will not print correctly. There are 8 printable paragraphs per page.
Here is the original box of love (an empty butter box) made and decorated by the 2 teens back in 2005 or 2006 (I wish I had them put the date on it back then, but that is roughly when it was made originally.) I place this box in my tree every year. I can’t help but smile each time I look at it and remember just how small they once were and how much thought and love really went into creating this wonderful keepsake.
I hope you and your children have a chance to wrap up all of your love and give it to those close to your heart. Merry Christmas to all!
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