Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Fun Day Challenge - Keeping the kiddos busy...

TGIF! I love Fridays - not just because they signal the start of an awesome weekend, either. It's also the day for the
Where imitation is the highest form of flattery!

We're giving our crafty friends another chance to win our March Kit - "Homemade Happiness".
To participate the challenge, you must create your own project inspired by any of the following from the February Friday Fun Day projects:
Overall Design
Color Combination
Title of the Project
Use of Embellies

Be sure to post your project to InLinkz gallery at the end of this post. You can post any kind of project (layout, card, altered item, home decor, etc.) that has been inspired by any of the February Friday Fun Day Challenges - either this project, Ana's memory box or Natalie's journal.

Hi friends! It's #1 Lucky Girl Jessica here, along with my sweet girl Sophia! We've got a fantastic recycled project for you today, perfect for keeping your little ones occupied while you're busy at home, work, or running errands.

For this project, you'll need a clean, clear plastic berry box (one that closes firmly), scissors, Crop-o-Dile, assortment of scrap papers, embellies, ribbon (one about 12" long, and one about 7" long), a large button and brad, glue dots, and Mod Podge (not shown). Once your project is complete, you'll fill it with small toys, playing cards, mini pens, etc.

I love my February "Kid at Heart" kit, and had some perfect papers left over for this fun project. There's still a few more of these gorgeous kits left in the store, so be sure to get yours before it's gone!!!

Using your Crop-o-dile, punch a hole in the bottom portion of the container, directly in the middle. You'll also punch holes in the two corners (bottom portion of the container again), right where the top clamshell-connects to the bottom.

Open your brad fully, then poke the prongs through the button holes.
Thread the open brad through the center hole you just punched in your container, and set the brad.

Run your larger length of ribbon through the two holes you created at the connection, forming a handle.

You'll also thread a smaller bit of ribbon through the holes on the top portion of the container. (My container had holes on the top already, but you may need to do this yourself.) This bit of ribbon needs to be large enough to slip around the button closure.

Next, using a template, trace a square for the top design on your box. My Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad fit perfectly into the design on the box - which was good because I am horrible at making my own template!

Decorate the front of the box to fit your child's beautiful, unique little person. I used the cutie-patootie animal, lined paper and flowers from the Prima awesomeness found in this month's kit, along with some flowers, rub-ons and bling from previous Lucky Girl kits.
Once that's complete, you'll Mod-Podge the tile onto the top of the box. Don't worry if your embellisments are bulky - adding the Mod Podge will help provide stability and reinforcement so your design sticks around for the long run.

Mod-Podge a second panel on the inside of the box, then fill with small toys, cards and nick-knacks that will help entertain your kiddo. You'll be surprised how much fits into a tiny little box!
The busy box is kiddo-tested & kiddo approved! Here's to great accomplishments by both parents and kiddos.
Now, go get crafty! I can't wait to see what you create!!!

P.S. - Would you like some more fantastic crafty ideas? Check out the Frugal Girls - they have a weekly Chic & Crafty Link Up Party, filled with tons of amazing ideas.


  1. What a fun idea! My daughter loves purses and containers, I'll have to try one of these for her. Thanks for sharing!

  2. How adorable ~ I absolutely LOVE the 'Busy Box'! You did a great job!!



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