A Big Box of Birthday

My sweet little nephew AJ turned seven today.  AJ is the sweetest little boy and he is my son Luke’s best friend.  This is a picture of them finishing up baseball season last year.


AJ’s favorite things in the world are his momma and his pajamas.  He also likes anything that sparkles or shines.  When we were in Disneyland this year together, he wore a huge rainbow bracelet on his wrist and a giant plastic ring the entire time.  We always joke that he’ll be a fashion designer one day.


I wanted to do something really special for him for his birthday.  I don’t claim this to be my invention or anything-there’s a few versions of this on Pinterest-but I thought it was worth giving a shot and I think it turned out really cute.

First you want to start out with a big box.  I purchased this one at the UPS store.  Of course you can use any old box, but isn’t that how it goes that when you need something you don’t have it?  This is an 18 X 18 in box which was just right.


You need about 20-25 one dollar bills and the same amount of balloons.


Then you are just going to start rolling each bill up like so.


Then, one at a time, you are going to stuff one bill into a balloon before blowing it up and tying it off.


Do this until you have stuffed each balloon with a bill.  You should have a nice pile of ’em.


I put a little bit of party shreds in the bottom of the box, but you don’t have to.


Fill up the box with the balloons.  I also emptied a big bag of individually wrapped gum balls in there too just for fun.


I put a little note in his birthday card letting him know he needed to pop the balloons.  I didn’t want him to think Aunt Shauna had finally lost her mind and decided to give him a big old box of nothing but my hot air.


I put the card on the inside of the box with the balloons.


I just wrapped up the box and finished it off with a big bow.


I sent this off to AJ’s party with my kids tonight.  I hope he gets a kick out of it.

I think this would even be fun to do for an adult.  You could use larger bills if you’ve got that kinda cash!



  1. chad havey says:

    A wonderful idea as usual

  2. This is so cute, I bet AJ loved it!

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