Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Honey, I Shrunk the Box Care Package (Free Printable!)

This week, I'm preparing for our wedding. Next week, I'll be on our honeymoon! I will be far away from the computer (although I promise I've got a lot of awesome posts in store upon my return.) While I'm gone, I've got scheduled posts for you! Enjoy this care package that's never been published on Jo, My Gosh! I wrote this for my friend, Stacey, and her blog, Glued to My Crafts. If you're looking for the original post, it's here. But, go to her site no matter what! She's a crafting genius!

Care packages are expensive, and unfortunately, they are one of the very, very few ways I can care for my fiance, John, while he's in Afghanistan. It makes me feel better knowing that I can send him things that make his life easier and happier. Reigning in my spending on those care packages is tough, but I have to do it. With so many life changes ahead of us-- including a wedding, at least one move, and my impending unemployment-- I must be smart about money.

And so, I give you the mini care package! Throughout the year, I've send John smaller, goofier packages to supplement the large packages I send once every 2-3 weeks. It gives him a little surprise, and because the packages are smaller, they're cheaper from start to finish. Usually, I can pack and send a mini care package for less than $12. And surprisingly, they give me more room to be creative. (In the past, I've sent a candy sushi box and a Bon-Jovi-themed package.)

This box takes its cue from a movie I've actually never watched. (I was an awful child of the '80's and '90's!) It's a Honey, I Shrunk the Box! mini care package!

Since the box was "shrunk," everything had to be miniature! I have to admit-- this care package was months in the making. It seems ridiculous since it was so small, but it took a long time to slowly acquire enough small things to send.

  • A single serving bottle of ketchup
  • A single serving jar of mustard
  • A small "peanut butter pie" complete with a tiny foil pie plate
  • Half-sized Smarties
  • A gummy burger
  • A gummy sunnyside-up egg
  • A capsule letter
The capsule letter was hands-down my favorite item in the box. The size of a vitamin, it broke apart to reveal a tiny scroll. I wrote John a letter on it, rolled it back up, stuck it back in the casing, and sent it on it's merry way.

If you want to send your own shrunken box, I've already done the hard work for you! Click here to download the decoration. It's already designed and sized to fit the inside of a small Priority Mail box-- you just need to assemble the box to fit your lucky recipient!
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