Here's what we managed to create...I put off the chaos for as long as I could (we started on Wednesday - due to Co-op on Friday!) Every child had their own ideas, and just used my skills in locating materials, and cleaning up their messes :-)
Here's my special "disclaimer" - All of these boxes were made with 100% recycled materials (Pringles cans, corn dog boxes, toilet paper tubes, etc.) and paint/paper supplies already in the house.
Total expense to create 8 boxes = $0.00
We even had a "God moment" during our Valentine box adventure this year. Lydia was painting her Cross (see below) and ran out of brown craft paint. "Oh no", I thought - "There is no way I'll have time to run out for more..."
Lydia calmly relplied - "Don't worry Mom, God will provide."
Of course, I thought - he'll have to provide some TIME for me to make a run to Hobby Lobby! Off to the laundry room I went, complaining about my lack of time, and abundance of tasks. Grumbling all the way.
I opened the cabinet to grab some fabric softner - and what do you think I found...
A BRAND NEW UNOPENED bottle of BROWN paint! God provided. I love how HE thinks of everything!!
Lydia, of course - was not in the least surprised by this - she knew God would...
Sam - his own love/hate with Valentines expressed in his creation "Descpicable Valentine" minion
Luke - A Rubics Cube - carefully hand colored to exactly match his own Rubics cube
Noah - a very clever "Ten Command-mints" with all candy theme (very well thought out!)
Selah - what else? A pink-mained Horse, of course
Lydia - "Lay your Candy Burden at the Foot of the Cross"
Joshua - a big, blue,long-neck Dino Pet
Chloe - The "Good Book"
Essie - a Snowman, almost as tall as she is
I'm please to report - Bentz Academy made another great showing in the Co-op competition - winning 4 out of 6 classes and Lydia's creation winning the "Best use of Bible" award!
Whew, glad that's over...