Creative Valentines Day Care Packages for Long-Distance Couples

valentines day care package

A flower bouquet, FaceTime kisses, and some Chinese takeout is what you had in mind for Valentine’s Day this year. It’s what you did last year with your partner because unfortunately you are in a long-distance relationship. Long-distance relationships are tough, and making the holiday of love special while apart is even tougher. Get your craft on this year and send your significant other a care package to fall head-over-heels for. The reaction will be even better than that lo mein you planned to order.

Hey Hot Stuff! Care Package

Fill the Care Package With Goodies

Supplies:

  • 1 Medium-sized box
  • 1 Red spray paint
  • 1 Sharpie water-based paint pen or something similar
  • 2 Bags of pom-poms, heart stickers, glitter symbols, and/or other decorations
  • 1 package of glitter-glue pens, metallic paint pens, or glue and loose glitter
  • 1 or 2 bags of crinkle shreds
  • 8 to 10 Spicy or Hot Snack-Size Flavored Snacks, Red Colored Snack-Size Package Snacks (i.e. Flamin Hot Cheetos, Hot Tamales, Red Hots, Big Red gum, etc.)
  • Packing tape

Step 1 — Spray Paint Box Flaps

spray paint care package

For this Valentine’s Day care package, the box flaps can be spray painted any color, but red will pack the biggest punch for your hot stuff. The flaps will look best if there are about three coats of spray paint, allowing each coat dry completely before the next. Once you have your desired color, let the paint dry until it does not feel tacky or sticky to the touch.

Step 2 — Trace Your Message

trace your message care package

For this step, a water-based Sharpie paint pen works perfectly on top of the spray paint. It dries quickly but doesn’t seep into the cardboard like a standard black marker would. I found this paint pen at Michael’s. Write “Hey Hot Stuff!” and “Happy Valentine’s Day” wherever you think would look best on the flaps.

Step 3 — Decorate the Box

decorate care package

Crinkle shreds are a great way to make the box look full, and for this care package, red, orange, or yellow would be the best colors (obviously to symbolize the heat from your burning passion). Crinkly shreds are almost always on sale at the dollar store, and they make projects look like a million bucks. Plus, they provide a little extra padding so your snacks won’t get crushed.

I decided to use pom poms to decorate and a glitter pen to put on top of the text. I used a paint brush to evenly distribute the glitter onto the letters. These items can also be found at the dollar store.

Step 4 — Fill the Box With Goodies

Hey! Hot Stuff Care Package.

This is the best part. Choose whatever snacks your soulmate loves while sticking to a hot and spicy theme. Red packaged foods and candy will also work with this care package

Sorry I’m Cheesy! Care Package

cheesy care package

Supplies:

  • 1 Medium-sized box
  • 1 Yellow or orange spray paint can
  • 1 Sharpie water-based paint pen or something similar
  • 2 Bags of pom-poms, heart stickers, glitter symbols, and/or other decorations
  • 1 package of glitter-glue pens, metallic paint pens, or glue and loose glitter
  • 1 or 2 bags of crinkle shreds
  • 8 to 10 Snack-Size Cheesy Snacks (i.e. Cheez-It, Cheetos, Goldfish, Munchies, etc.)
  • Packing tape

For this care package, the steps remain the same. You’ll want to swap out colors and accessories to better reflect the silly cheesy theme. Of course, you’ll want to write “Sorry I’m Cheesy” and “Happy Valentine’s Day” instead of the alternative text.

Time: 2 hours per box || Cost: $25 per box

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