You know what’s hard? Packing Christmas into a box. There are so many little details that make the holiday special that it’s a challenge to convert them into a care package. While I couldn’t exactly pack eight lords a’leaping in a flat rate box, I do think my Christmas care package had at least 12 days worth of holiday cheer.
I chose red and white stripe paper for my flaps and then solid red for the inside. But I added a little something extra to the bottom of the box with a festive red sparkle paper that wouldn’t shed all over the inside of my Christmas care package.
From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to do a tree on the flaps, but had no idea just how embellished that tree was going to get. Yes, I may have gone a tad crazy in the Christmas scrapbook aisle. Nothing actually lights up or sings, but it looks like it could! The lights, candy canes and peppermints are all scrapbook stickers and look like they totally belong on a tree.
I wanted to use every square inch of that (super pricey) gold paper so in addition to the tree topper, I cut ornaments, letters, ribbons and bows out of the same piece. Safe to say, very little went to waste and I think it really made my Christmas care package extra festive!
The tree flaps were the heaviest I’ve ever put together so I doubled up on the glue dots to get them to stick to the box. A says they made it to him intact so yay! The packages at the bottom are pieces of scrapbook paper that I had left over from another project.
You really need the right contents for a Christmas care package. There’s added pressure because, while we’ll re-celebrate Christmas when he comes home, this box is all A will have to open on Christmas. I shopped for what seemed like ages before I found everything for this box, but I am so happy with the final contents.
Things I included were: a mini tree, a CD, a book on tape, magazines, t-shirts, a variety of snacks (including fruitcake), a photo book and a mini jingle bell wreath. He’ll totally love everything except that wreath, but I couldn’t resist.
I always wrap everything I send him, but in keeping with the theme, I used true Christmas wrapping paper. I don’t doubt for one second that he’ll open everything at once, but I wanted to add another layer of fun by assigning all the contents a day of Christmas. I wanted everything to match the day it was assigned (so three magazines for the third day of Christmas), but I quickly opted to send things A actually wanted rather than just ones that fit my theme.