This Reader Made a Birthday Display Snack Box Using Items from Dollar Tree

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Birthday parties have become quite the event in recent years, and so has the price-tag! Remember when we were kids and a birthday party consisted of a cake, pizza, balloons, and streamers? Those days may be gone, but you can still throw your kiddo a birthday bash to remember without breaking the bank just by doing some simple DIYs!

One of our Hip2Save readers, Sweetklouise, has made the most adorable DIY personalized snack and display boxes for her nephew’s birthday! Check out her story…

Birthday Snack Box with candy and DIY animals

“My nephew was turning three and having a barnyard animal themed party. He LOVES snacks (a boy after my own heart ha) so I wanted to figure out a neat way to put his snacks together. My sister also used this as a display since she loved it so much! You could do this so easily for any theme.

I purchased a styrofoam wreath and some yellow tulle from the dollar tree. I wrapped the wreath with the tulle and hot glued the end so it wouldn’t come apart. I then made the cow, sheep, and pig from felt, cotton balls (for the sheep), and eyeballs. My hot glue gun was my best friend during this project by making sure everything stayed on well. I made the tractor from popsicle sticks. I painted them the color I wanted and cut them in half for the right sizes. I used felt and colored foam paper for the wheels. I then glued the snacks on.

The box also holds snacks in the animals. I got a cardboard box and cut the flaps off. I super glued felt for grass around the box and cut it according to size. I used letter stickers to put his name on the front and cow stickers from Michaels to place next to his name. I put some straw in the box for the “hay” and made another popsicle tractor. I super glued it all to the straw to help keep it in place. I used little cardboard circular containers (I got them cheap at Michael’s using a coupon – they always have a coupon) to make the animals, as well as felt, eyeballs, and cotton balls.

I glued cotton balls all around the box for the sheep and decided that box wouldn’t hold snacks. But the pig and cow’s lids did hold snacks! I then used horses I had (they were from McDonald’s happy meals) and glued on felt to make a saddle. My nephew loves Spirit so that was a bonus. I used some sunflowers from fake flowers from the dollar tree. I used a number 3 and made a cowboy halt from felt. I cut a star out from yellow foam paper to include on the hat. I painted the cowboy hat brown because I didn’t have brown felt. It made it stiff after it dried and helped it to not be flimsy!

It turned out so cute and perfect that everyone in my family now wants one for their birthdays LOL. Even my 90-year-old Grandpa! An added tip: to carry in your car or wherever without making a mess, I put the box inside a bigger box to keep all of it in place. Easy peasy!”

DIY birthday box display with animals, tractor and number 3

Thank you, Sweetklouise, for sharing this idea with us! Your nephew sure is lucky to have such a caring aunt! I’m certain he will remember and appreciate this always!

Looking for more DIY birthday ideas? We have you covered right over here!


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Jessica holds a Business Degree and 10 years of writing experience from various deal sites including Hip2Save. Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn

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Comments 7

  1. Sweetklouise

    I almost screamed out loud at the tire place when I saw you put my idea on here LOL!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      LOL! Thanks again for sharing with us! 🤗💖

  2. Ap927

    Super cute! Nice work!

  3. Laura

    Great idea!!!! I didn’t know those bins were plastic, idk why I thought they were cardboard. Thanks for sharing! 🙌🏼

    • Sweetklouise

      Bins? The ones that are pictured here are what they call mini hat boxes from Michaels. They are cardboard.

      Ps- I’m going to do a sorting hat one soon! I’ll make sure to send ya a picture.

  4. Heidi

    I love it!! Super cute!!

  5. Heidi

    I love it!! Super cute!!!

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