By Susan Gimbel
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I still remember the first fancy box of chocolates that I received as a young girl. It was a pink heart-shaped box which had a lid embellished with lavender satin ribbon and pink rose buds made from fabric. I kept that box for quite some time … probably longer than the time I remained interested in the boy who gave it to me.
It is a shame to discard these lovely tokens of affection when the chocolates are gone. They are too pretty to just throw away. These boxes can be used in a number of ways. Obviously, they can serve as a quaint trinket box that can hold jewelry, pieces and parts of things, cosmetic needs, small office type supplies, loose change, and a myriad of other things as well. Since these boxes have aesthetic value, they can be left out in the open if desired instead of tucked away in a drawer. They are sentimental, decorative objects.
Since they are decorative, they make wonderful Valentine’s Day décor year after year. If you are so lucky as to receive these year after year, start saving them if you haven’t been doing so already. They make a sweet collection - literally! They can be framed in a shadow box type frame, but they are also attractive hanging on a wall from a pretty ribbon affixed to the heart. The box can also be displayed on an easel or plate holder if preferred. Care must be taken to find a holder that is deep enough to accommodate the depth of the box.
These Valentine’s Day heart boxes can simply be placed on edge and displayed on a shelf or table for a romantic looking display. Another possibility is to hang these hearts from ribbon or fish line for a “floating” effect. No matter how you display them, these lovely boxes deserve a “second look”. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Susan Gimbel is owner of The Evergreen Co. in Uptown Galion. Visit the website www.myevergreencompany.com for additional information about the store.