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Monday, March 1, 2010

[movie night fun...concession boxes}

Movie night is much loved at our house. A lot of the time it is spontaneous and casual, and we all cozy up together to watch and munch popcorn. Sometimes though, it is planned in advance, and highly anticipated...due in large part to the concession stand.

The week preceding the movie night, all the kids are able to earn concession "money" (in Monopoly form). They do this by being good listeners, obeying quickly, keeping their room clean, going the extra mile, being kind to siblings, extra chores, etc. (Want your baseboards or windowsills cleaned? This is a great week for that!)

That evening, I set up a concession stand with popcorn, cans of soda, candy bars, cookies, and cotton candy, all labeled with prices. I also have fruit available, for free. :) They can even purchase a variety pack, that comes with pop (if you're under 5, it comes in a sippy cup!), popcorn, and a candy bar for a set amount. It is SO fun. The kids love it, we all look forward to it, and it's an extra incentive and reward for good behavior and helping around the house.

With all this yummy concession food, I needed something for them to keep it all together. Using the cardboard flats that canned goods come on, you can have adorable boxes that are perfect for movie night.

  • cardboard flats with sides--pick them up at the grocery store on your next trip! Look for boxes with sturdy sides and bottom, and no nicks or cuts.
  • spray paint
  • scrapbook paper
  • distress ink
  • Mod Podge and foam brush
  • craft paint
  • foam stamps
  • Dust off your boxes, and make sure they are free of any lint.
  • Paint them with the spray paint. The inside bottom and sides need to be done well--no cardboard showing, but the outside doesn't need to be perfect, since you will covereing most of it up with paper. Let dry.
    ***Painting tip: Take several large pieces of plywood or solid wood boards, and hammer in very long nails into them, so that they poke through on the other side at least an inch or more. (see my painting'll see mine) When you're ready to paint, lay the wood down with the nails pointing up. This will provide a great surface to set the items you're painting on...allowing you to get at all angles and not have to stick to the surface.
  • Measure the sides of your boxes, then cut scrapbook paper to fit.
  • Distress all edges.
  • Using the foam brush, apply a layer of Mod Podge directly onto the box. Place your paper on the box, then add another layer of Mod Podge on top.
  • Repeat on all sides. Let dry.
  • Stamp desired names in the middle of your box using craft paint and foam stamps. I like to use my finger to apply the paint to the stamp--it allows for more control over your paint.

You're done! You're ready for a movie night of your own!

P.S. We LOVE our popcorn containers from the One Spot at Target...only $1, and SO fun. We use them all the time. Our Target has them right now, so yours might as well!

P.P.S. These boxes can be used for organizing other items as your pantry, craft room, car, playroom, etc. Just label as desired!



Blogger Miss Tiff said...

Too cute. I luv the Tarjay One Spot and I think we NEED those popcorn containers.

March 1, 2010 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger The Harris Family said...

What a fun idea!

March 1, 2010 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

I love this idea!

March 1, 2010 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger LuckyStarErin said...

I need to do this..especially the monopoly money for chores! You always have really cute ideas.

March 1, 2010 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

what a great idea! i'm hosting a 8 day giveaway check out my blog!

March 1, 2010 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger jenjen said...

Wow - those are so cool! I love the polka dots!What a fun movie night!!!


March 1, 2010 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

That is such an adorable idea!

March 1, 2010 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Lei said...

Adorable Kierste! I totally love the trays.

March 1, 2010 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Jewels said...

Right now at Michaels they have oh so cute popcorn containers as well and they are only a dollar!!!

March 1, 2010 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

so, so cute! i wanna come to movie night at your house! :)

March 1, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I'm impressed, this idea is wonderful.

March 1, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Rob and Toni said...

Love it! This might be a good gift for the nieces and nephews! Thanks! I will have to talk my sister into the rest ;)

March 1, 2010 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger Brittany@twocrazycupcakes said...

Great idea! We do something similar at our house! Love the target popcorn containers! I got them for the twins birthday party in the fall and we use them all the time! Best thing was the price tag!!

March 2, 2010 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Kitschalicious said...

I will have to make this for my son's last day of school party! I'm planning on doing an "Outdoor Movie Theater" theme!

March 2, 2010 at 1:39 AM  
Blogger Αγαπη said...

I mentioned you in last night's blog posting! Thank you for all of your inspiration!

March 2, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Such a cute idea... PLUS no popcorn spills!

March 2, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Kari @ Ucreate said...

Sooooo cool!!! Seriously makin' these!

March 2, 2010 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

What a great idea! I would love to do a weekly movie night with my family. We need some glue to hold us together, that might just be it! Thanks for sharing!

March 2, 2010 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

How great! I am going to make these for my son's 4th Movie Birthday party! Thanks so much for sharing!

May 15, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

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