Can you think of anything better than getting an unexpected gift?
Not for Christmas, or your birthday, or to kiss up after a fight – something that you never expected, out of the blue.
It doesn’t happen often – and it really should… especially when it’s this easy to do.
The idea behind a sunshine box is to fill a package with things that are yellow to give the recipient a small present that will bring a little sunshine to their day.
You don’t have to break the bank to do this – you could bake mini-muffins, or put in a small collection of tea bags, or just fill it to the brim with jellybeans. The real gift is that the recipient knows you’ve been thinking of them enough to put the gift together and surprise them with it.
It’s time I sent a sunshine box out don’t you think?
This is just a small origami box made from two pieces of scrapbook paper.
I added a tissue pom to the top but thought it needed a bit more “sun”, so I used my Sunflower stamp from Papertrey Ink. This technique is called “Rock and Roll”; you wet your stamp with a light colour and then gently roll the edges of it in a darker stamp pad.
You can kind of see in this image how the centre is a bright yellow, but the edges of the petals have a bit darker tinge to them.
It’s really pretty and adds depth to the stamped image.
I just cut the paper down to size and rounded the upper edges to make it look more like a tag.
On the back I wrote “Pay it forward and share some sunshine to someone you know”.
Then you just fill the sunshine box with yellow things – things that are reminiscent of sunshine.
- SanPellegrino Limonata drink
- Yellow notebook
- Yellow nail polish
- Lemon/lime nerds
- Juicy fruit gum
- Peanut M&M’s
- Yellow and orange Jelly Belly’s
- Citrus mini sticky-notes
- Lime gelato loose leaf tea and
- a few Double Bubbles
I wish I could have found a small bottle of hand cream in yellow packaging, or even bath salts and a loofah. Aspirin comes in a yellow container doesn’t it – might be useful for a busy Mom?
My sunshine box was a bit too small to fit it all, so I improvised:
Then you drop them at someone’s door and “ring and run”.
Your turn – spread a little sunshine this week… guaranteed there are more people that need it than you know.
Have a great one!