Operation Christmas Child Craft Boxes

mini craft kit

Operation Christmas Child craft Boxes are small craft kits that you can use upcycled plastic containers for and fill with lots of fun items for kids to play with! My friend Ronda shared this idea with us for the blog and wanted to share an idea of something you can do as an individual or en masse with a group.. to create mini craft kits for the shoeboxes!

One starts with a simple little upcycled item.

These little baby food containers are TINY but they are perfect because they are recyclable and have their own lids!

Aren’t they CUTE?? Well, once Clair gave me the idea of using these for our shoeboxes the ideas started brewing. THINK of the possibilities! I have a couple of ideas I worked up but I know this is just the beginning.

In this tiny kit are enough beads for a couple bracelets and a necklace.. and I have included some pretty cording as well. I think this would be so FUN for a girl’s 5-9 or 10-14 kit! 

All of this fit easily in the tiny little box, with room to SPARE.. plenty of room for trim as well. Maybe line the shoebox itself with some fabric.. and what opportunities are opened!
 Mixed Craft Kit.

In one little kit I fit tissue paper, pom poms, stickers, scrapbook papers, and funny eyes.
And then once you have the kits let the FUN BEGIN. You can decorate the boxes to be a cute gift for the child receiving the kit.

The sky is the limit! Use stickers, paper, paint pens, and let your imagination lead the way.
If you are a crafter or scrapbooker or quilter you likely have TONS of scraps perfect for creating boxes without spending ANYTHING.  And know that these little, itty bitty boxes can open BIG possibilities of creative fun for the child who gets the Operation Christmas Child shoebox!

I am Rhonda, a blessed wife of 21 years to my love, and homeschool mom to 2 great kids. We have been packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child for many years. First, just on our own at church. Then with our 4H groups. Then a year ago the Lord saw fit to move our family to beautiful Southern Oregon, and we were blessed to find our new church home was the Collection Center. We jumped in with enthusiasm and now both my 16 year old daughter and I are year round volunteers for Operation Christmas Child. We are more than a little OCC Crazed. You can see a little of what we do at our blog.

For other great Operation Christmas Child homemade ideas check out these links or visit my Operation Christmas Child Pinterest Board.

Operation Christmas Child fan? Me too! Please sign up for my daily tips email. You’ll get great FREEBIES in your mailbox! If you love OCC like me then you’ll want to pack as many boxes as possible and by signing up for my email you won’t miss out on the deals I write about throughout the year.


  1. Andrea Roberts says:

    For some reason the pictures aren’t showing up


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