Valentine Boxes With A Surprise

Jess Mutty

Jess here today bringing you a little bit of love in preparation for Valentine's Day.  I have a real appreciation for this holiday and tend to go a little overboard.  I think I love the excuse to get super girly and go no-limits on the flowers, glitter, and frills! You can clearly see that demonstrated on these altered Maya Road boxes.

The boxes are old product tins that I thought were too cool to get rid of.  They got a nice face lift into a beautiful way to present a gift for someone you love.  

You can see I had a bit of a love affair with the flowers! I stacked the boxes off-center so I could allow for all the dimensional elements on their lids.  

I tied the boxes together with seam binding and strung several embellishments on the bow.  The first is a stack of chipboard pieces: painted and cracked wings, scalloped heart, and a glittered heart.  The heart key was such an awesome addition.  I really like using antique metal in combination with all the softer textures.  And I also added some dangling elements with the tassel and crystals.  

The bottom box is larger and perfect for a card or a small present.  One of the best features of these particular boxes is the clear window on top.  I used that to my advantage and added coordinating paper on the inside so it showed through. I layered lots of flowers on top of a linen album piece, as well as a glittered chipboard pennant and painted heart. 

The smaller box is my favorite... it holds a little surprise that you can see peeking through that top window. More flowers (of course!) and a sweet linen pennant adorn the top. 

The surprise inside is a sweet little accordion insert. I made mine with my mother in mind, as she never gets tired of pictures of her grandchildren.  I scored a length of cardstock and adhered the bottom inside the box and decorated the cover with trims, ephemera, and some small embellishments.  

The insert folds out to four panels, each with a photo and/or embellishment.  I took care to use mostly flat items here to ensure the insert fit in the box. 

I had so much fun going Valentine crazy with this project and hope it inspires you to create something for your loved ones, too!

Maya Road supplies:
- old product boxes (or similar)
- Linen Mini Pennant Banner Pieces 
- Canvas Coaster piece
- Felt Roses: Fuchsia Pink and Milk White
- Satin Scallop Edge Boom: Cream
- Shimmering Pointed Petal Flower: Mauve
- Velvet Pleat Flowers
- Wings Chipboard
- Shot Through the Heart Chipboard
- Mini Chipboard Heart Confetti
- Mixed Scallop Mini Pennant Banner Set
- Key to my Heart
- Pink Tassel
- Trinket Beads: Dangling Chandelier 
- Vintage Lace Tape: Cinnamon Bear
- Preppy Stripes Trim: Khaki Pants
- Heart Clip
- Crystal Circle Buttons
- Alterable Scallop Trip: Cream
- Trinket Pins: Vintage Pearl

Categories: Mixed Media
Tags: embellishments, gift-idea, gifts, mini-albums, photos, stickers, valentines-day