Birthdays can feel a little stale as we get older. I know I don’t look forward to my birthday with the same excitement and wonder I had when I was a child. And birthdays are even less exciting when you don’t have the ones you love with you to celebrate them. That’s why I put together this mini birthday in a box for my boyfriend when his birthday rolled around earlier this month and I couldn’t join him for it.
The BF had to relocate for work about 1250 miles from where I live and seeing him has gotten a little difficult. It didn’t help that his move also had to happen right before the holidays and we were apart for about 3 holidays and his birthday in the past 2 months. But to make him feel as much like he is at home (and to keep my mind off the fact that he’s MOVED 1250 MILES AWAY!), I’ve been sending him little care packages whenever I could. One of them was this mini party in a box for his birthday.
The small 5in x 5in x 5in box includes:
- Mini birthday banner
- Birthday pirate badge
- Tiny party hat
- Jar of candy
- Confetti with instructions on how to distribute it
- Candles (including ones that remind him of his “old age”)
- Polymer clay cake and an itty bitty pastry box
- Small wrapped birthday present
- An “It’s Your Birthday!” sign that I repurposed from a bookmark
The clay cake was a new area for me. I make real cakes all the time but making a miniature cake from clay was a totally different experience. I watched a few tutorials to get the hang of working with polymer clay for tiny food, but it was still much harder than I expected! I have new respect for the adorable clay food jewelry I see on Etsy and Tiny Hands Food Jewelry. The pastry box was much easier. I just found a cake box template online and then downsized it and cut it out of pink card stock. Even the glue marks that were left on the paper looked like authentic grease spots!
For the mini party hat, I made a circle by tracing a bowl onto the patterned paper I wanted to use. I cut it out and then cut it in half. Next I wrapped the half circle into a cone and glued it together. When the glue was dry, I hot glued a sparkly pom onto the top. I attached the strings to the sides by tying them to small holes I punched on either side of the hat.
Luckily, my boyfriend puts up with all my crafty projects and may even enjoy them.
Do you do anything special for holidays or birthdays for friends and family who live far away? I’d love to hear some of your ideas for care packages!****Disclosure: I am a Tiny Hands Ambassador. I make a small commission from Tiny Hands sales made from my Facebook page.**** Pin It