Step 1: Decorate your pillow box paper
Search online for "pillow box template" to find a simple template to print. Before you cut out the template for folding pillow boxes, give your kids plain light card stock or plain heavy paper. You should use a light color so that crayons and markers show up on it. Have your kids create their own patterns and prints using crayons and markers. Try polka dots, stripes and hearts or ask your kids to draw family and friends (tiny stick figures might fit best). When it comes to creating a custom print, let the kids go wild.
Step 2: Do the heavy cutting
Kids under 10 will need help tracing the pattern and cutting the pillow box templates out of the paper you’ve decorated. Use your supplies to trace the pattern and carefully cut it. Make several boxes at a time using the paper your kids have already drawn on. If your kids colored with markers, allow the ink to dry before cutting. Depending on your kids’ skill levels, you may be able to let them do the folding and gluing independently. If not, they can watch you fold and glue so they still feel involved.
Step 3: Embellish the boxes
This is the fun part. Once the boxes are finished, decorate them with additional embellishments. Let the kids set the pace here. Avoid the temptation to try to make each box just right. Kids can add scrapbooking embellishments, stickers, feathers, glitter and other extras that give each pillow box flair. Try attaching labels to ribbons so kids can dedicate each box with handwritten Valentine’s Day notes.
Step 4: Fill with candy
Once the boxes are finished, gently fill them with Valentine’s Day candy. Avoid chocolate, which melts easily. Instead, try conversation hearts and hard candies that tuck easily into the delicate boxes. Avoid unwrapped candy so that you don’t end up with candy covered in stray glue or glitter.
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