One of the things I think all women crave more of, especially women that love to create, is time. And if you’re a mother of young children, this rings even more true. My husband always seems perplexed each year as to what to get me for Mother’s Day, and I’m admittedly not much help. But this year I created in my head what the perfect gift would be. An afternoon off, to sit around and make stuff. Projects I’ve been meaning to get around to, new beads I’ve wanted to play with, pretty paper that’s just itching to be used. A crafternoon if you will, made even better by a box of plenty, filled with fun and pretty items to craft and create with. It doesn’t get much easier or convenient than that, right? Below is what my perfect crafting box would look like, and how I created it, but really, you can adjust it to the needs and interests of any special woman in your life.
You begin of course with a lovely box. Add some shredded paper so items don’t shift all around, and then layer a few sheets of tissue paper over that.
Begin filling the box with your items, largest at the bottom, and build up from there. The color scheme of this box was based primarily off this nautical themed paper I found at Paper Source, with rich shades of navy, crimson and jade, offset by a soft shade of pool blue. Paper crafting is an easy and stress free way to spend the afternoon, so the majority of the items in the box center around paper crafts, with a few fun extras throw in.
Stamps and stamp pads are an easy and inexpensive way to create personalized stationery, so several of each were added in, as well as a stack of simple white card stock and kraft paper envelopes.
Gel pens in coordinating colors and a genius of an invention, the glue pen, were included. Personalize your note cards by writing a message with the glue pen, then sprinkling some glitter on top. The aquatic and polka dot paper is cut out and used to line envelopes, a simple, yet festive touch.
A few added odds and ends include bottles of nail polish, glitter, and some interesting beads, just in case I want to do something different. The beads are used to make a funky keychain so I can find my keys in my purse, and why yes, a manicure with a bit of glitter is called for. And if you have a keen eye, you might have noticed the wrapped coffee gift card up top. A good coffee drink is essential for any creative afternoon.
In case you do want to create a box similar to mine, here is a list of resources:
- Letter Box, Tissue & Shredded Paper – The Container Store
- Paper Products – Paper Source: nautical wrapping paper, dots wrapping paper in pool; A2 note cards & envelopes in pool, persimmon & peacock; acid free stamp pads in sweet melon, robin’s egg & midnight; sea shell, mermaid, octopus & school of fish rubber stamps
- White card stock and kraft paper envelopes – Bessotted Brand
- Staples Gel Pens
- Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
- Martha Stewart Glitter
- Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple, Going Incognito & Geranium
While this box was pretty much made for me and my interests, you can create something with just about any theme in mind. Specialty spices and non-perishable food mixes from Williams Sonoma for the foodie in your life. Fabric swatches and coordinating thread and a new sewing pattern for the seamstress. For the gardener, you could even think outside the box and give a pretty terrarium filled with all the necessary items to create one like Nicole’s. Whatever is in the box though, it will surely be appreciated if given with the promise of just a little extra time to herself.