Craft it Monday: Valentine Treat Box with Shellye McDaniel!

Craft it Monday: Valentine Treat Box with Shellye McDaniel!

Hello! Shellye McDaniel along with you today with a darling recycled/upcycled “Elephant Valentine Treat Container”!  It may appear a little complicated, but it actually came together quite quickly…and I even designed the project as I went LOL!

First, let’s take a look at the completed project and then I’ll give you the directions for creating your very own:

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This handy Keurig-style coffee box comes in a variety of sizes depending on the count of coffee that you purchase. 

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This particular K-Cup box held twelve pieces, so the box was rather small.  Even if you don’t have a ‘recycled’ box to use, if you have a coffee lover on your Valentine list, simply open the box, remove the contents and then place them back inside once the container has been decorated!

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I started by tracing the box shape (in sections) onto a dark grey Doodlebug cardstock.  For the two side panels, I used a grey dot patterned paper from Echo Park Paper’s “Blowing Kisses” Collection.  I found that the easiest way to add adhesive was to run the individual pieces of paper through my Xyron Creative Station; it holds permanent adhesive and gives a complete, even coat.

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For the “trunk” of the elephant, I drew on four horizontal lines.  Next, I punched small holes at the end of each line and then stitched grey/white baker’s twine through.

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Now for the details and embellishing!  After all of the sides were covered in cardstock or patterned paper, I chose to shade around the edges with Grey Flannel Memento Ink with a sponge applicator.  Next, I added a white pom pom trim around the bottom edge of the box.

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For the eyes: Two 1.5” ovals were die-cut from white cardstock.  The ovals were the scored about ¼” from one end to create a tab for gluing down.  Next, two 1” ovals were die cut from a turquoise cardstock and attached to the white ovals.  Two black enamel dots were added to complete the eyes.  The pieces were glued to the top flap of the box.

For the cheeks: A 2” circle die was used to die-cut the shape from a dark pink paper.  The circle was cut in half, inked around the edges with Love Letter Memento Ink and then the pieces were adhered to the sides of the flap as shown.  I further embellished the cheeks with two heart stickers and iridescent gems.

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For the ears: Two 4.5” hearts were die-cut from the same grey cardstock.  Next, a 4” scallop die was used to cut two pieces of red/pink dot patterned paper.  The smaller hearts were adhered to the grey pieces and then inked around the edges with the Flannel Grey Memento Ink.  Each of the ears were gently folded in half and then attached to the very back of the flap.  If you don’t have similar heart dies on hand, you can find patterns to trace online or use svg files.

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I further embellished with a large pink dot ribbon bow with a red button center. 

Fill the box with K-Cups, candy, cookies or just about whatever your heart desires!

I hope that you enjoyed this sweet Valentine treat that I created just especially for my friends here at Scrapbook & Cards Today!

~ Shellye


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2016-02-08T08:36:52-04:00February 8th, 2016|Craft it Monday, Projects & Tutorials|


  1. Helen Gullett February 8, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Ohhhhh this is great way of reusing the box! Super cute 🙂

  2. {vicki} in ga February 8, 2016 at 9:24 am

    This is the CUTEST thing!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Sue Alg February 8, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Wow! You really did think “outside the box” for this project. So cute

  4. Pam Sohan February 8, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Thats adorable !

  5. Sandy February 8, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Very cute! The recipient will never forget this gift!

  6. Jean Marmo February 8, 2016 at 10:21 am

    How sweet!

  7. Gisèle February 8, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Holy moly, how cute is that!!! Too bad I throw my coffee boxes out 🙁
    A super great project 🙂

  8. Annette Allen February 8, 2016 at 11:21 am

    oh my how totally fun and creative.. thanks for sharing

  9. Christie Gruppe February 8, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Soooooo adorable! Love it!

  10. Virginia Schleich February 8, 2016 at 11:44 am

    That is so amazing and so adorable! So creative. Too bad I just threw one of those away the other day. Will have to remember for next time. Great project and thank you for sharing!

  11. Tona February 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    This is too adorable!

  12. barb macaskill February 8, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Totally adorable!! Will be asking my neighbor for her boxes so I can create a few of these!! TFS!

  13. Linda Tupper February 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    This is just so sweet for gift giving.

  14. Nina Oelke February 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Such a cute idea. 🙂

  15. Dorina D February 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Love this idea. This is so cute and so clever. Great idea

  16. Carla Hundley February 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    This is just too
    cute! Love it.
    Carla from Utah

  17. Carla Hundley February 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    This is just too
    cute! Love it.
    Carla from Utah

  18. fusiafscrapping February 8, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    So cute!

  19. Brigit February 8, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Fantastic job, it’s so adorable, love it!!

  20. Birgit February 9, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Is this ever cute!! So clever and a great way to recycle!

  21. Teresa Medeiros February 10, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    How cute is this?! Love how you repurposed the box. Absolutely adorable!

  22. Beverly Jordan February 11, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    This is so stinkin’ adorable!! Love how clever you are!

  23. Marianne C February 13, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Just so adorable! Love it

  24. Deborah Rikard February 13, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I wonder what other box might work? This is just too cute!

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