I have bought her nice hatboxes from Winners and the kids have used them as step stools and folded in the tops. I have bought cheapy boxes from the dollar store but they are never big enough and the lids get lost.
So, after Christmas I was in our basement, looking at all the cardboard boxes we had (and thinking about all the new toys/crafts we got) and decided to take matters into my own hands.
So I brought up all the boxes and picked a whole bunch of different sizes for the various toys/games/dolls, etc. that they were to house.
Then I cut the top flaps off the boxes as I didn't need them and knew they would get in the way of little hands.
Then I picked a whole bunch of after-Christmas discounted foil wrapping paper that I thought was not so much Christmassy but fun. This is what we were going to wrap around boxes. I let Ava pick her favorites.
Next I used Elmer's glue sticks and rubbed them all over the cardboard where I wanted the paper to be, wrapped the paper around that area and cut off excess. Voila!
Here's what the "guest" bed in Ava's room looks like now with all her special little boxes filled with all her special little things.
Pro tip: fold excess over the top of box and inside so that it looks a little more finished and pretty.
Happy crafting! Tonight I am going to a friend's house to make Valentine's wreaths. I'll keep you posted!