One of my most popular posts to date (okay, it was actually THE most popular post I've ever written) was called "A Party Favor." In it, I explained how I found this blog via Pinterest and how it inspired me to make a Punch Box for my neighbor's fourth birthday.
When I wrote it I had no idea what an amazing response it would garner. Seriously, people went nuts for this thing. And the absolute best part about it? Well, that's been the people who have written me to say that they wanted to make one (or that they already had).
One of those people was Diane, the director of my daughter's preschool. My daughter is long out of preschool but Diane and I remain friends on Facebook. (Thank you, Facebook.)
Upon seeing the punch box she sent me an email asking if I'd help her make one for her granddaughter Chloee. She wanted to use it in lieu of an Easter basket as a fun way for Chloee to collect some Easter loot. It was a great excuse for us to get together and chit-chat while getting our craft on.
Below is the finished product. We used a Uhaul box and she decorated it with paper flowers. (And get a load of her craft room in the background. I seriously want to live in there...)
But Diane wasn't the only one who was inspired. About a week ago I received the following email from reader Sabrina Fitzgerald-Ruiz:
Thank you for the creative tutorial in the "Punch Box". I'm always looking for new ideas to spice up my daughter's birthday parties. This year she's turning the big "1-0" and I wanted to do something unique. My daughter just loved the idea when I showed it to her on Pinterest.
I wish I would have had the circle scoring tool, as I'm sure it would've been a lot faster. I ended up using a coaster to outline circles and used an Exacto-knife to cut out circles. I wanted to step it up a little bit, so I used zebra wrapping paper. I also found letters that were much like post notes that were a fun.
I was quite surprised at how much candy and toy prizes we were able to get in the lunch bags. My daughter and I enjoyed doing this together. I really hope the girls at her slumber party love it.
|A Punch Box makes a great alternative to a Pinata!|
Check out those pictures! Didn't she do a great job?! (Sabrina, I'd love to hear about the girls' reaction.)
(And for the record, you can order one of the "circle scoring tools" by following this link or clicking on the Products tab above.)
Finally, another punch box spin-off comes from the lovely and talented Amy from the blog, While Wearing Heels. While on vacation last week I was delighted to open my ipad and find this post on her blog. (Yes, I keep up with my favorite blogs on vacation, even if I'm not updating my own ;)
Please click on the link above to read her post. And not just because it says all kinds of nice things about me. (Unless that motivates you. Come to think of it, that might be why I read it three times... ;) Seriously, though, go for the punch box and stay for everything else. You can also follow her through Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin'. She's a frequent poster and her blog is full of the MOST adorable crafts. (I guarantee you'll recognize many of them from Pinterest.)
I'd like to finish up by inviting you to send in pictures of your punch box. If you do I'll be happy to feature them on `a casarella's Facebook page.