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Its that time of year where we are all getting ready to send our kids back to school again, but that looks a little different for moms of high schoolers. My daughter will be a sophomore this year, which isn’t a milestone grade, so there isn’t much excitement in the preparation. I was able to register her online, and since most of her classes and assignments are online, I only had to buy one notebook for her supplies.
On one hand its nice not to have the typical back-to-school stress, but on the other hand it’s a bit of a let down. I love shopping for school supplies! Since there isn’t much fanfare surrounding back to school this year, I decided to make it special by making my daughter a fun little care package, centering around the new summer movie Ghostbusters.
I was really excited when I saw that a new Ghostbusters movie was coming out, because the original is definitely a childhood memory of mine! I love when my daughter and I can connect over something like that, so I decided to make my daughter a care package for her and her best friend, and tuck in a couple of movie tickets. My daughter may be a teenager, but she still appreciates a fun hand made gift, so I tried to come up with a really creative idea.
After growing around Walmart for a while I noticed a box of Kellogg’s Froot Loops ™ with Ghostbusters on the label. The Family Sized box included a free Ghostbusters bookmark, and that got my creative wheels turning. I ended up finding these cupcake boxes in the cake decorating aisle, as well as Milky Way® Midnight Miniatures, and the Mars Mixed Mini Variety Bag in the candy aisle. On my way out I found these M&M’s® Milk Chocolate Bottles with Ghostbusters packaging, so I had to grab one for the surprise!
DIY Ghost Trap
To assemble this ghost trap I designed some stickers, then printed them on sticker paper, cut them out and applied them to the box. I am all about making things easy, so I am sharing a copy of my sticker page with you so you can make you own!
If you don’t have sticker paper you could print on regular paper and attach these with tape, too. Another tip, if you have a 1 1/2″ circular punch, it will cut the knobs out perfectly! Click the image below to download your own copy.
Once the outside of my ghost trap was looking good, I added some bright green tissue paper (I found this near the cards in Walmart) to the inside of the box. Why bright green? Hello, ectoplasm.
I added the M&M’s® Milk Chocolate Bottle, and sprinkled candies from the bags I had purchased. Then I sorted out the GREEN Kellogg’s Froot Loops™ and added them to a small container. I also tucked in the Ghostbusters bookmark that was included in the box of cereal, and two movie tickets!
When you are the parent of a teenager it can be easy to assume that they don’t want anything to do with us, or think our attempts are lame and uncool. While I can’t speak with certainty on the lame and uncool part, I promise your teenager still craves quality time with you. I do fun little surprises and crafts for my younger kids all the time, but when I saw how excited my teenager was to receive this care package, I realized I have been shortchanging her based on assumptions.
She loved it! And can’t wait to check out the movie together.
Are you sending a teenager back to school? Check out all the great options to put in a care package from Mars Wrigley and Kellogg’s, and let me know if you plan to see the new Ghostbusters movie in the comments!