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cousin boxes

My family is spread out from one coast to the other, so we've gotten in the habit of mailing out surprises to all of Bee and C's cousins.. sometimes for Valentine's day, or to celebrate the beginning of summer, or for Easter or Halloween.. we try to mix it up so they truly are surprised when they open their mailbox. 

This year we gathered a few things (eyeball candy bracelets, candy corn and other treats, halloween stickers, glow in the dark spiders, chattering wind up teeth, twisty straws, and a jack o lantern bell) and packed them up in my new favorite wrapping trick.. a plain white pencil box (available for about $1 at our local craft store). Slap on a sticker label to close the box, and you're off to the post office.

Clarification: You still have to put them in an envelope to mail! I love these boxes because they fit nicely sideways in a Priority Mail envelope.. Please do not attempt to mail these boxes on their own! 

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Reader Comments (19)

everything you do is so cute!! hope you had a good time in houston. i'm bummed we missed it - i'm feeling much better now!


10.30.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen

These boxes are adorable. How fun would this be to receive! I like to send of surprise gifts to for kiddos. They are so easy to please and excited. Thanks for the spaghetti pumpkin lighting idea too. No more burnt fingers.

10.30.2008 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

what a sweet idea! i love it. nothing is better than a surprise box full of candy in the mail.

10.31.2008 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

LOVE the white box. What a wonderful treat to receive one of your lovely treat boxes. I am inspired to surprise a few friends with one for Thanksgiving!
All the best!

10.31.2008 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

How sweet! I really like the idea to use white boxes! I'm really enjoying your ideas and observations in your blog. Thank you.

10.31.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

this is yet another fabulous idea from you... keep 'em coming :)

10.31.2008 | Unregistered Commentermegan

These were so cute! Thanks for thinking of us. My little sister loves the wind-up teeth!!
Happy Halloween!!


10.31.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnhb

Fab idea - I have a little girl niece who would love these! I do gifts by mail, but little unexpected things are such a fun idea.

11.1.2008 | Unregistered CommenterRandi

you are oodles of goodness! your ideas are just so perfect for sweet and savory but NOT overdone.

i love all your stories and ideas, so so glad to share in your wisdom.
love from kentucky

11.1.2008 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie alaine

The boxes were a big hit with the C-N-N cousins! Thanks!

11.1.2008 | Unregistered CommenterSooz

What a fun idea!! So cute!

11.1.2008 | Unregistered Commenteralyshabean

the perfect package!
such a cute idea =)


11.2.2008 | Unregistered Commenterstevanny

Nothing is better than getting a little surprise like that in the mail. Roxie was beyond thrilled and insisted on taking her pumpkin bell trick-or-treating so that "people will know she's coming". Thanks so much!

11.3.2008 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

No kidding, they make it through the mail?

11.3.2008 | Unregistered Commenterccd

how do you make those cute sticker labels?

11.3.2008 | Unregistered Commenterchap

I really love this idea - so great. Our family's spread out too, so I'm going to try this too.

11.7.2008 | Unregistered Commenterlexi

Can you let us know how you make the labels ..what program you use?!!! Just found your site love the graphic edge!

02.12.2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

This is such a wonderful idea & I am bookmarking this page ! I am wondering what a pencil box is though? I have never heard of this.

02.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuze

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