Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tutorial: Encouragement Band-Aids

I have the best husband in the world. He's working like crazy to finish his PhD in chemistry, so we can move and he teach high school science. He's sick to death of his project, but he works like crazy on it anyway, so we can finally be done.
As I was cleaning off the desk a couple days ago, I found a page I'd pulled out of a magazine over a year and a half ago. I'm not sure where I got it from because I don't subscribe to Family Fun...but there it was. Here is the link to the online version of the original idea. I thought it might be just what the doctor ordered for my wonderful Hubby.
It's not to hard to figure out, but here's what I did to make mine.

Materials: Band-aid box, ziploc baggie (for all those band-aids that don't have a home anymore), colored or scrapbook paper, scissors, pens for decorating with

  1. I used my quilting ruler to draw 1 1/8 inch strips on the back of a piece of scrapbook paper. You wouldn't necessarily have to measure.

  2. Cut out the strips and pile them all up together.

  3. Cut them into shorter strips. Mine were about 3 1/2 inches long. It doesn't matter if they're not exactly straight because the next step is to round them out. I did the rounding about 4-5 at a time and just trimmed the ends.
  4. I wrote on the backs of mine since the front pattern was a little "busy" but if your paper is plainer, you could write on the front. For some, I looked up inspirational quotes on the computer. I also used some scripture verses. I wrote some notes of my own, and I also had the kids tell me things to write to Daddy, like, "I like going on bike rides with, Daddy." - Firecracker or "Daddy, Purple!" - Boy (purple is his favorite color). Sweat Pea even chewed on one for him. Firecracker also drew some pictures on a couple of them for him.

  5. Now for the box... I took our band-aid box and put the bandaids in a ziploc baggie. I decided it would be easier to turn the box inside out, rather than cover up the box with some other paper. Then I pulled the box apart along the seam, so that I still had the tab to make it easier to put back together.

  6. I did the decorating of the box before putting it back together. Since my bandaids were color coded depending on where the message came from, I made a key on the back...but that's not necessary. Other than that, I used some colored sharpies and ballpoint pen for my decorations.

  7. Put the box back together, inside out. I used mailing tape because I don't have any fancy craft glue or anything. I kept the tab on the outside because the side of the box didn't look very pretty where the tab had been originally. I also taped the inside of the box for added strength.

  8. Finish folding in the top and bottom...

  9. Put your bandaids in...and you're done!


  1. Good idea for those long, tough, "owie" days. It would be interesting to hear about hubby's reaction to his 1st aid kit.

  2. Well, his first reaction was to think it was a box of regular band-aids. We'd put it in a grocery sack and slipped it in his bike bag without him noticing. He saw it when he got to work, but thought Katie had put the band-aids in for a "special surprise." He likes them though...especially the quotes from the kids.

  3. I think I am going to do this with my fourth graders. We can make up the sayings and then they can draw from the box when they are having a down day. Thanks for the inspiration!


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