Caleb turned 20 yesterday, and every year for his birthday, I make him a Birthday Box filled with gifts/surprises. This fun idea is something we both look forward to each year. Sometimes the box is huge, sometimes not, and it's different every year. Since I didn't get to document last year's Birthday Box, today I'm going to show you what I did this year so you can use to begin making Birthday Boxes for the special people in your life.
Last year I took a huge box (purchased from U-Haul) and filled the bottom with unwrapped gifts. I then went and purchased a bunch of balloons and taped them to the bottom of the inside of the box. When everything was ready, I stuffed all the balloons inside the box and used a small, single piece of tape to tape close the flaps. When he opened the box, balloons sprang up into his face! It was super amusing to watch :)
This year, I filled a box with smaller wrapped presents using the theme of 2.0 (because he turned 20. Get it? 2.0 .... 20. Haha!) It was a lot of fun to assemble and he really enjoyed opening it! Here's a breakdown on what I did:
- Square box (I purchased a 36x36 one from Walmart)
- Various sized smaller boxes
- Two different patterned wrapping paper
- Tissue paper
- Packing tape
- Regular tape
- Gift tags (optional)
1. Assemble the larger box by using taping the bottom of the box together. Turn the box on it's side. Take one style of wrapping paper and wrap it all the way around the sides of the box, leaving a bit extra on the top and bottom. Tape in place. Cut the paper down the corners to fold the paper over the top flaps as well as the bottom.
2. Decide what box to put each of your gifts in. I used the theme of 2.0 (for example, 2.0 things to read: a non-fiction book and this Why You're So Awesome book) so each pair was put in a different box. Use tissue paper to help hide your gifts in the boxes. Wrap each smaller box with the second style of wrapping paper. Embellish with bows or ribbon or however else you like.
3. Put everything into the box and tie it close with ribbon (or you could tape it, but I didn't want him to ruin my amazing wrapping paper skills on that big box!). Tie a bunch of balloons on the top and volià!
One thing you could do that I didn't (because finals week is here) is to put the age the recipient is turning on the outside of the box. I want to do every year, but I always run out of time...
So there you have it! One easy way to give a memorable birthday present to someone you love :) Every year I'll share the Birthday Boxes I make for Caleb, and each year I hope it gets more creative!
Have you ever made a Birthday Box?