Whether your Valentine candy came in a huge heart-shaped box, or a tiny one, there’s lots of cool things you can do with them. Every year the boxes are thrown away by the tons but that’s unnecessary trash in our landfills. Make something cute with the box you received by following one of the suggestions below.
If you love surprising your mate on anniversaries, birthdays and holidays save the box for a special occasion and put a surprise in it. Decorate the box by using a piece of cloth, shaped like the top of the box. Glue it in place then use narrow lace to go around the top edge. The box can hold a gift certificate and card, an “I Love You” note, or another small gift. Instead of cloth you can also use lace, wallpaper, adhesive paper, or a picture you’ve printed from your computer.
There’s lots of ways to decorate the box. Spread glue on top then put glitter all over it, tie small bows and glue them all over it, or just cut a nice image from a poster or catalog to glue to the top. Don’t forget to remove the plastic candy holder inside, though.
If you make candies the box is a great way to give your homemade goodies. Or, you can purchase mini candies and fill the plastic form with the candy shapes. Give for Christmas by decorating the box with a holiday theme.
The Valentines boxes can also hold years worth of Valentine cards, love letters, small trinkets, and more. Make the box into a jewelry box by hinging the lid to the box with a piece of ribbon, then decorating the box in velvet. Or, use the new metallic paints to dab (not brush) the paint onto the box. This will give it a look of hammered metal.
Use the box to present a friend or family member with pictures of you with them. Decorate the box to suit the occasion. For instance, if the photos you’re giving them are ones of you and your friend at the beach, cover the box with a picture of a lighthouse and decorate the sides with small shells.
For smaller heart boxes fill with heart-shaped paper, paint a black “key hole” on the front, tie it shut with satin ribbon, and give to a girl for a diary. Hang a small craft key from the satin ribbon and the diary will appear to have a lock – to those who don’t look too closely! Place adhesive letters on the front of the box to spell “diary” or the girl’s name.
Make a catch-all out of the box by lining it with a fabric piece and elastic. Toss in jewelry, change, phone numbers and other small items. Or, make a cute wall hanging for a baby’s room by lining the top with white, pink, or blue satin, then placing letter appliques inside to spell the baby’s name. Poke a hole in the back to hang.
There’s lots of ways you can use the candy box, like decorating it and placing a candle with glass holder on top, and using it for a centerpiece. Wrap a candle in several layers of foil, make sure it will sit without wobbling, then place it directly on the box. The wax will remain in the foil as the candle burns. Or just use it for the base of a floral arrangement by setting a vase of silk or real flowers on top, then surrounding the vase base with ivy and shape it like the heart.
Consider ways to use the candy boxes for collectibles, Christmas fudge, decorative bases, wall hangings, centerpieces, catch-alls, toiletries and make up, or just as a storage box for colored pencils, crayons, samples, beads and other small items. Add a couple of things from around the house or from the craft store and the recipient of this gift will never know it was once a Valentine.