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Panda Valentine Card Box

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Valentine's Day is almost here, which means those kiddos need a fun Valentine card box to hold all those sweet notes from classmates! Last year, we had a lot of fun creating a unicorn Valentine card box. This year my daughter decided on making an adorably sparkly Panda Valentine Card Box to take to her Valentine party next week.

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Before you get to put your panda together, you'll need to do a little prep:

1. Choose your box. We used a corn dog box (from Costco) that measures about 9x10 inches, but any cardboard box you have will work.

2. Using a utility or Xacto knife, cut a rectangle in the top for kids to place valentines in. On the back side of the box, cut a flap so that the Valentines can be removed easily.

3. Grab some white butcher paper or tissue paper (we used about 5 sheets) and wrap the box like a gift. Using a thick paper or multiple sheets of tissue paper will cover up the box packaging and will give you the white backing for your panda!

4. With your fingers, find the rectangle in the top of the box and carefully cut an "X" corner to corner with the knife. Fold each triangle in and tape the paper in place inside the box. You can also add pieces of tape all around the box opening to be a bit more durable. Also cut along the lines of the flap in the back of the box and tape the paper in place all around the opening.

Now that the box is prepped, you can put your panda together!! Download the free Panda Cut File (personal use only please), and cut it out of black cardstock with your Cricut Explore machine. You'll also need some Aleene's Tacky Glue.

Don't have a cutter? No problem! You can totally cut out the panda face by hand or even paint it on!!

Panda Valentine Card Box at artsyfartsymama.com

Once the panda pieces have been cut out, add some Aleene's Tacky Glue to the back and press them on the front of the box. After the glue has set (which won't take long), your panda is ready to to be filled with all those Valentines!!

Panda Valentine Card Box at artsyfartsymama.com

Unless you are like us and think that everything can always use a bit more sparkle! We sprayed our panda Valentine box with some glitter spray and sealer, then let it dry. You could also use some glitter Mod Podge which dries clear and adds a ton of sparkle. 

My daughter is SO excited to take this Panda Valentine Box to her class Valentine party and share such a sweet day with friends! I'd love to see pictures if you make a panda box for your children, so be sure to tag me on social media or feel free to post your pictures on my Facebook page!


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party, everyone! Everything shared at the party each week is so inspiring and I'm so glad you're here!! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies by Lemons for Lulu
Valentine Hearts and Roses by Lynda Creates
Mini Cupcakes on a Stick for Valentine’s Day by Home Cooking Memories
Valentine’s Day Wreath For Under $10 by Worthing Court
Big Bow Pillow Cases by Rae Gun Ramblings
Homemade Gumdrops by Hoosier Homemade
Easy DIY Candy Heart Craft by Carrie Elle
Tiramisu Eclairs by Sweet & Savory by Shinee

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

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  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
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DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry

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Have a Lalaloopsy fan in your life? These necklaces are SEW adorable and surprisingly simple to make. My daughter can't wait to show off these latest jewelry creations and I'm excited to share how you can create some Lalaloopsy jewelry for yourself!

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To make a Lalaloopsy necklace, you'll obviously need some Lalaloopsies to work with! I found this Lalaloopsy Tinies set including Mittens Fluff 'n' Stuff, her pet Bear, and Bea Spells-a-lot on clearance for about $2 and knew immediately that they would make the perfect charms! It worked out that these characters were also my daughter's favorites, so it was a lucky score! You can find the Lalaloopsy Tinies pretty much anywhere that Lalaloopsies are sold.

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

The Lalaloopsy Tinies come with a hole already at the top and bottom of each character. I found some eye hooks at Lowe's that fit through the holes perfectly. Other jewelry eye hooks could also work, but since this necklace is going to be tugged at quite a bit, I wanted a bit more strength.

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

Drop some super glue or another strong glue into the top holes of the Lalaloopsies and carefully push the eye hooks in. Carefully wipe off any excess glue and take a minute to make sure the hooks are facing the right way!! Let the glue dry for a few hours to overnight. Once the glue has set, you are ready to create some jewelry.

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

For our necklaces, we used a variety of Fizzy Pops chunky beads in different colors to coordinate with the different characters. I love the look of stripes, pearls, and ice cube beads in different sizes and colors on jewelry for little girls. Every necklace you make can have a different look just by changing the kinds of beads you use!

Before I start stringing beads onto wire, I like to lay everything out on some flannel or felt fabric (a jewelry bead board would be optimal, but we don't own one yet). This way, I can decide if I like the necklace pattern and rearrange beads without having to string and unstring the necklace a bunch of times. Since she'll be the one wearing the jewelry, it has been fun to include my daughter in the design process and allow her to help arrange the beads.

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

Since Mittens Fluff 'n' Stuff's pet Bear was also included in the package, I decided to create a coordinating necklace and bracelet for the adorable pair. We used a mix of ice cube chunky beads, striped beads, gumball beads, faux pearls, and bling beads for both necklace and bracelet. If creating jewelry for younger children, I highly recommend doubling or even tripling the beading wire and/or Stretch Magic elastic cord for more durability!!

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

We used the same kinds of beads but in a different color scheme for the Bea Spells-a-lot necklace. These necklaces come together quickly and really are quite simple to put together. Visit Fizzy Pops for a great tutorial on how to make chunky necklaces if you need some tips!

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

One of my favorite parts of the necklace are the adorably sweet Heart Lobster Clasps!! They look so cute with the Lalaloopsy style and are a little larger that regular lobster clasps, which are perfect for little hands!!

DIY Lalaloopsy Jewelry at artsyfartsymama.com

It was sew much fun creating these necklaces for my daughter to wear to show off her favorite Lalaloopsy characters! They make a sweet fashion statement, and is a fun gift idea for the little (or big) girls in your life!!

Who is your favorite Lalaloopsy character?

Fizzy Pops provided me with the jewelry materials used in this post. All opinions are my own.


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