If I had my way I’d make health catching instead of disease. Am I right? How great would it be if, instead of your child coming home from school with a cough and sniffle, they came home with added health? That would be something I’d love to see! The reality is, though, that illness spreads, and cold and flu season is upon us! It has hit our house….hard. It is definitely no fun! What’s worse is, it has also hit our community. I’m sure you can relate, right? It can be difficult to watch your friends and loved ones suffering from coughs and chills, and sometimes it is difficult to know what to do to help.
Let me share one simple idea that just might brighten someone’s day. Transform into a “happiness” doctor and pay someone who is under the weather a “house call” with this adorable handmade “doctor” kit.
This is a fun little project that will let that loved one know that you are thinking of them through their illness and will, perhaps, brighten their day.
Warning: Kindness might be hazardous to their illness!
This is a simple box, made from a single 8.5″X11″ piece of card stock, then filled with little items that might make someone who is feeling under the weather just a little bit better 🙂
First, you can make your own box by downloading this SUPER simple template:
To get the largest box possible from a single sheet of cardstock, set your printer to print on the “borderless” setting. Depending on your printer, you may have to change the paper type to “Presentation paper”, or something equivalent, to have the option of changing the setting to “borderless”. Just play around. If you can’t get it to print borderless – no worries! You’ll just have a slightly smaller box in the end 🙂
Once you print the template onto your card stock, the only cutting you will do is on the four small solid lines on the sides, then fold on all of the dotted lines. You will want to fold IN toward the “HowDoesShe” stamp so that the lines will not be visible in the finished box.
Glue the edges together to form a box that is open-ended on one side.
Gather a few embellishments that will make your box sturdier and more beautiful!
What I have gathered is two pieces of ribbon to use for handles, two “red cross” die cuts (cut using my Silhouette Machine), a “Get Well” tag, with some bakers twine to tie it with, and three pieces of chip board (think: old cereal boxes): 2 pieces cut to 6.5″ wide by 1/2 ” tall, and one piece cut to 6.5″ wide and 1″ tall.
Glue the two pieces of chipboard to the inner/upper edges of the box, and punch a hole on each end of each side. These holes are to thread the ribbon through for the handles.
Thread one end of the ribbon through toward the inside of the box and tie the end into a knot. Repeat with the other end of the ribbon.
Then, repeat on the opposite side of the box. Voila! Handles! The chipboard lining helps to add sturdiness to the handles and prevents them from tearing through the card stock once the box is filled.
Then, pop in the third piece of chipboard into the bottom of the box to add stability to the base.
Now, you get to decorate your “kit” to your heart’s content! Fill with your fun “gifts” and use some tissue paper to add some pizzaz!
What to include in the kit? Here are a few fun ideas, but please – add whatever you’d like!
To make the kit even more special, take a minute or two to dress up the treats inside with a little bit of patterned paper and some labels (printed in Word).
You can add:
- A bag of chicken noodle soup
- Throat lozenges
- a packet of neo citron
- Herbal tea
- nasal spray
- stickers or a game (if the one who is ill is a child)
- a copy of your favorite DVD (to watch while lying in bed)
- a hot/cold pack
- Essential Oils
- chapstick or lip scrub
- chocolate (it’s ALWAYS a good idea – hee hee)
- Whatever YOU would like to receive when YOU are feeling sick 🙂
Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive this “Dr’s Kit” from a friend who has been thinking of you?
Your loved one will be feeling better – from the inside out. I know my little angel loved her kit and got right to work drinking her lemon tea.
A little thought can go a long way to making a real difference in someone’s day. Spend a couple of hours putting a few of these together, just to keep on hand for when you hear of someone who might need a little “pick me up” while feeling under the weather. They are so easy to pull together and you will be chasing their illness away in no time!