Are you looking for a sure fire winner for your mother-in-law? My heart melted as I read this note handed to me by my daughter with the little box to your right:

This is a very special gift that you can never see. The reason it’s so special is, it’s just for you from me. Whenever you are happy or even feeling blue. You only have to hold this gift and know I think of you. You never can unwrap it. Please leave the ribbon tied. Just hold the box close to your heart. It’s filled with love inside.

This simple project is inexpensive and priceless.

Gather these items to get started:

  • Small box: an old jewelry box, a wedding favor box from a craft shop, even something small or random from your recycling bin.
  • Acrylic Paint and Brushes
  • Smocks and painting mat
  • Ribbon & any other decorations you want to use
  • Printer and paper

Step 1: If you have a little one I’d recommend giving the box a base coat of a light solid color.
Let it dry before they begin on their decorative coat.

MothersDayPoemStep 2: Set up a station where your child can paint and make a mess. A plastic shower curtain works perfectly as a craft tablecloth. If it gets really dirty you can even throw it in the laundry machine to clean it up. Set out a few complimentary paints along with brushes of varying sizes.

Step 3: Let your child paint the box any way they wish. Once the box is dry adorn with a bow or any other creative decorations.

Step 4: Have your child write out the gift poem above. If your child is too small to print, click here to download a printable copy of the poem (PDF). Have your child decorate the portions of the card around the poem.

I was thrilled when Moira tagged Let’s Lasso the Moon on the Facebook photos below.


I enjoy seeing how each child takes the project in a different direction. Didn’t her son do an amazing job? Bello!
I’d love if you’d share a photo of your child’s Box of Love with me too.

Happy Painting,

  • Moira

    Thanks Zina and Lasso the Moon for this special page! Nicky will be thrilled!!!

    • Zina

      No, thank YOU. He did such a wonderful job. I love being able to showcase another example of the project. His painting is awesome!

    • Anonymous

      I love that Nicky’s version is so different than the original one I received. THAT is what makes this project so cool!!!! Thanks for sharing your photo with me. And thanks to Nicky for the awesome piece of art work.

  • Brooke @ Letkidscreate

    What a neat idea, so glad you shared on Monday Madness. This would be a perfect grandparent gift.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the opportunity Brooke! Yes, definitely perfect for grandparents!

  • http://www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com Beth

    This is super cute! What a neat idea! I would love for you to come link up at my TGIF LInky Party – http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties – you always have such cute stuff I know my readers would love to see!!
    Merry Christmas,
    Beth =-)

    • Anonymous

      Beth, did I already ask you if you are on Pinterest? Thank you for the reminder. Being a mom my mind is scattered, I am sure you understand. I love your link-up. It is such a nice opportunity!

  • Charps117

    Super cute. Stopping by from the TGIF Linky Party.

  • Mbible

    I’m so excited to do this! Where do u put the poem when finished?

  • Caz

    My mum bought me a box with this poem attached years ago and I took it travelling with me and now it’s in my drawer, but whnever I look at it,it always makes me smile (and I’m 45 now!!!!) (I suggest trying to make the poem waterproof as sometimes it does make you cry too)