I love, love, love Birthdays. I love any reason to celebrate anything, (I just love any excuse to throw a party, be happy and eat cake, to be honest), but especially the day where you get to show someone that you are so happy and grateful that however many years ago on that particular day they were born.
My family live all over Australia (and my brother and my sister-in-law live in New York!) and not being with the people I love on their birthday can make me really “homesick” – after all, home is where the heart is, right?
This year, I sent a special pressie to one of my relo’s to share the love and fun on his birthday. I wanted to give him something that would scream PARTY, and show that even though we are super far apart, I’m still partying on the Coast in spirit.
That’s where the Birthday In A Box comes in!
What You’ll Need:
Double Sided Tape/Adhesive
Paper Shredder or some scissors
A Birthday Card
Optional: I used the Sizzix Big Shot to create a bunting image with the words Happy Birthday. You could definitely do this free hand, so don’t be shy if you don’t own these things. Everything is always adaptable!
I bought a mailing box from the Post Office, which is where the fun really began.
The box is just plain inside, so I used my Sizzix Big Shot and a Pennant Die to cut out the shape of bunting onto some scrapbooking paper.
With a contrasting coloured paper, I cut out capital letters with my Big Shot and one of my Alphanumeric Dies and stuck down the words Happy and Birthday onto the bunting flags.
Stick the whole thing down with some double sided tape. I really wanted to use some washi, but I just didn’t trust it to make the trip and still be stuck to the box.
If you don’t own a Big Shot, you could also just do this free hand, or cut out little triangles, and attach them to some twine and literally hang them like bunting from the inside of the box. Make sure you secure the twine to the box though. The whole point of this part is so that when they open their Birthday In A Box they are greeted with a HAPPY BIRTHDAY banner!
The presents I bought were only small, so I wanted some padding in the box so that everything didn’t roll around too much.
Take approximately 10 pieces of coloured paper and put them through the paper shredder, cut into strips, or tear into strips to make your very own packing paper. Separate the shredded paper and messily scatter it around the bottom of the box to make a “nest”
Add the party hats and lay the gift/s on top. Scatter party poppers, balloons and cut streamers on top of the gifts.
Place the card on top and cover with more of the shredded paper to cushion and protect your parcel for the journey.
Don’t forget to write your recipients mailing address on the box! And off it goes to one very lucky (and happy) birthday boy or girl!
Do you #rateit or #hateit? I think the Birthday In A Box is a fabulously simple and fun way to show your loved ones you care, and make their birthday extra special.
Have you ever sent a super duper parcel to a loved one on their birthday? I’d love to see a photo of it! Add your picture with the hashtag #bdayinabox on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so that I can take a peek (‘cause I’m nosey like that!)
Thanks for stopping by,