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My name is Jo, I live in the UK and I'm the administrator for a Facebook page called Crafting for Shoeboxes.
This will be my tenth year of making shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. In the last few years, I've been making some items for my boxes and also putting together kits to encourage the child to craft. When I told my friend Carol, a fellow shoeboxer and crafter, that I'd been thinking about setting up a page for people like us, she was very enthusiastic and so Crafting for Shoeboxes was born.
|Crafted by Steve|
|Crafted by Heather|
I really enjoy seeing the photos of the things that our members make and I know that they inspire other members too. You can see the time, care and love that has gone into making them. Our members are always keen to give supportive feedback on other people's projects and to answer questions about their own work.
I've found that crafters are 'giving' people – they like to share their knowledge. Several members have done photo tutorials for us, or provided instructions and patterns for items that they have designed themselves.
|Crafted by Carol|
There are many reasons why our members make things for their shoeboxes. It's a 'win-win' – we get enjoyment and satisfaction from making something and the child receives a unique present made with love, especially for them. One member once commented that she felt like she was sending a piece of herself inside her shoeboxes by handmaking items for them. Some people have spare time and want to use their skills to make a positive difference to a child's life. Some people make things because they find it is more cost effective than buying them, or they want items that are simply not available in the shops. Some people just want to make their shoeboxes extra special.
|Crafted by Katherine|
|Crafted by Jo|
We've seen some great photos of mammoth crafting efforts, where people have made hundreds of items. But we also want to encourage people to make just one item, or try something new. We believe that anybody can make things for their shoeboxes – we even have a list of ideas for what you could make if you can't sew, knit or crochet.
So, whether you make a few things for your own shoeboxes, make extras to share with friends or family, or make hundreds of items for packing parties, please join us. Come and share your thoughts and ideas about this fun and worthwhile pastime with other, like-minded people. Browse our photo albums, photo tutorials, and our useful Notes section, which has ideas of what to make for each type of box and what to put in your shoebox for the child to make or craft with. If you are new to crafting and have a question, please feel free to ask. In fact, just come and say "hi" if you like!
|Crafted by Olive|
Remember – Happiness is handmade
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Also, you can find all of my shoe box craft tutorials in this post: Craft Tutorial Posts Index.
Tell Your Shoe Box Sharing Story. I would love to hear your story.