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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentine Chalkboard Candy Boxes

I love a good holiday tradition, and if it involves candy then it's even better:) For Christmas one of my greatest candy memories is getting those cute Lifesaver Books in my stocking, and for Valentine's day nothing says tradition like a little heart shaped box full of chocolates. I remember every year my dad would come home from work with three of those little heart shaped boxes in tow...and even though my sisters and I had been eating candy all day at school, those candy boxes just seemed special. 

But let's be honest here....those store bought heart shaped candy boxes really aren't the cutest thing ever. I mean I took my time and picked out a few of the better looking ones at Target, and they still just really aren't my style. The great thing is, it's easy to make these candy boxes SUPER cute and all it took was a little chalkboard paint to get these:
from these:
 I started with three candy boxes that I picked up at Target for $1 each, chalkboard paint, and a foam brush...easy, peasy!
 Take the plastic off your candy box then start painting. I painted a few thin layers of the chalkboard paint with my foam brush. The paint won't adhere great the first couple of coats because more than likely your box will be made of shiny cardboard. Be patient and let each coat dry and then add another. I ended up doing four coats. Here's a picture after the first coat:
 You may have a little bit of warping because of the moisture of the paint, but it's not a big deal just lay the heart flat upside down after it dries to straighten it out. After your paint is completely dry, prime the surface by rubbing chalk all over it and then wiping it off.
 Then grab some chalk and have fun. You can decorate your Valentine Chalkboard Candy Box anyway you like. Add that special someone's name, put a fun Valentine's Day saying, or just draw a bunch of hearts. If you don't like your first design, just erase it and start over:)
I am planning on adding the boys names to a few candy boxes to give them for Valentine's Day. This would also be an adorable teacher's gift with a special message or picture added by your kiddo!

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Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love chalkboard paint ideas. This is such a clever & cute way to personalize those generic-cookie-cutter boxes.

Michelle Paige said...

Such a fun idea! My kids would love it! Would you be willing to link this up to my Valentine Party going on now? I'd love to have your creativity! Thanks, Michelle

Kristin said...

Love the idea!

Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs said...

gotta love chalkboard paint! What a fun & cute idea! :)

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

I love this idea!!
And I loved getting the lifesaver books too :)

Kelli said...

How fun is that. I love those little boxes of candy and you really made them extra special! I have to get on my Valentine's Day goodies :)

Foursons said...

Yes, it would be VERY cute to give to teachers. However, I think I'm going to deprive my kid's teachers like I deprive my children. *grin*

Myya said...

I think this might be the cutest idea you've ever given! LOVE IT!

Dee said...

Very cute! I have got to start using chalkboard paint more!!

Kmama said...

Super cute. I just had to pin this one!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Love! Those are probably even cheaper to do than the tins I made at Christmas! If you saved the teenie ones they'd be perfect for a preschool class or something. :)

Darcie said...

Cool, cool, cool!!!!

Anonymous said...

How cool Kelli! I love when you do crafts I can make:) My mind just never thinks of this stuff.

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Yep Yep Yep! Loving this idea! You are way to awesome- thanks so very much for sharing! I am a new follower! Can't wait to poke around your blog for other awesome ideas!! (Oh and I love that fact that you have 3 boys, as do I, so I am thinking your blog will be right up my little street)! Thanks!! Jen

carissa said...

um CUTE! you always impress me with your mad creative skills. plus anything with a chalkboard is perfect in my book!

Jackie said...

This is an adorable idea. Thanks for sharing. I found you on TT&J.

Unknown said...

How fun love this idea!!

Oh my gosh! that is super gorgeous!! Jealous! ;)
Stopping by from TT & J and would LOVE for you to come by and link this up at my “Create and Inspire” Party! :)

Thanks so much!

P.S. New follower

Angie from A Little Inspiration

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

That's just a brilliant idea ... I usually hate the tops of those heart boxes. I might have to do this for my kiddos this Valentine's Day.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This is so cute! My kiddos would love this - you are a SUPER mom!

cheapcraftymama said...

Love it, those rock! I would love for you to share this at my Valentines Party @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

Jami said...

This would be a great addition to The Pretty Packages Party! Would love for you to stop by and link up!
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