Sending Sunshine Care Package


This is it! The last birthday box post for a year (and hopefully, forever, since I’ll only be sending John birthday boxes if he’s deployed again).

I know, I know. Afghanistan already gets a lot of sunshine, especially in the summer, but this is a different kind of sunshine… edible sunshine!

I tried a different technique for wrapping the inside of the box this time around. It would have worked beautifully, had I not used really cheap-o Dollar Store gift wrap (even though it was exactly the color I wanted).  I think the picture makes it pretty self explanatory, but here are the directions, just in case:
  1. Cut the box apart and glue it, face down, on the underside of the gift wrap.
  2. Let dry, and then cut the box out of the gift wrap.
  3. Reassemble and then glue into place. I also used clear boxing tape to reinforce the weak side.

It takes more time to do this, but I think it has a nicer, finished look to it than gluing scrapbook paper into the inside, which is my go-to move.

Send a box of sunshine with this care package. Perfect for deployed military, college students, or missionaries.

Send a box of sunshine with this care package. Perfect for deployed military, college students, or missionaries.

My favorite items from the box– olives, olive tapanade from Harris Teeter (John really likes both of them), manly stationary from American Greetings (you would not believe how difficult it is to find it), a grow-your-own-sunflower kit, and a “bromantic comedy” collection (Knocked Up, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall).

So, that’s what the box looked like! I made one HUGE rookie error. In my excitement to send this box, I forgot that Lysol wipes will make EVERYTHING smell and taste like Lysol. I even reminded myself multiple times that I was going to throw it in a few Ziplock bags and duct tape them (and possibly even heat seal them). Did I remember? Of course not!  I’m pretty sure John had to chuck everything edible in the box. It was probably not a bad thing since he didn’t want me to send him a lot of unhealthy food… but it was his birthday, and birthdays just beg for candy (and it’s so easy to find yellow candy, too)!

PS. You might like the Chocolate Lover’s Care Package + The 100 Days Box.


7 Responses

    1. it looks really good! The cushions are not bad at all, they look clean and comfortable. How many cans of spray paint did you need? I need to re-do my patio furniture and we have an outdoor swing my in-laws gave us to paint too.And your girls are naturals in front of the camera, so sweet! I miss those days as mine is now a pouty eye rolling 11 year old and those sweet photo ops are few and far between.

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