Care Packages,  DIY

How to DIY a SUNSHINE BOX (+ Printables)

A sunshine box is an easy-to-make and creative care package idea to help you spread positivity like confetti.
Here are the steps to make one

doy sunshine box with free printables
How to make a sunshine box (+ free printables)

I recently just learned of a new way to spread joy and positivity like confetti!

A sunshine box is a yellow-themed care package, that you can make and give for any occasion.

You can:

The great thing about making a box of sunshine is that you don’t have to be very crafty to make one. I surely don’t consider myself very crafty, but found it extremely easy to put this together.

Below, you will find all the steps (& pro-tips) to make a care package that will bring a smile to anyone’s face!

And to top off your box, make sure to keep reading and
grab your free printable below!

**This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases (at no additional cost to you)!**

Making The Box

Don’t be misled, a sunshine box doesn’t have to made with a box at all.
You can make a basket of sunshine, a bucket of sunshine, a bag of sunshine… I’ve even seen a mason jar of sunshine.

Pick any container that suits your purposes.

For this (and other projects like my baby shower box), I really liked using this corrugated mailing box because it is sturdy for mailing, affordable and available in different sizes.

Once you have your box or container, it’s time to decorate it.

For maximum sunshiny-ness, you can paint the box flaps yellow, wrap them in paper or draw sunny designs right on the box.

I wanted something a bit more 3-D so I used these cute, stick on yellow butterflies from Amazon.
Another great idea is to cover the box in yellow stickers like these VSCO stickers from Amazon.

Finish off by filling your box with yellow tissue paper OR yellow shredded paper (which I chose).

get well soon sunshine box
The ‘Get Well Soon’ Sunshine Box

What To Put Inside Your Box of Sunshine

One of the easiest ways to stock your box is to visit your local Dollar Store, Walmart, Target, etc and grab things you like that are yellow.
You can also order them online, using Amazon, for example.

pro tip: Take your box up a notch by having a theme.
For some inspiration, check out 12 *themed* BOX OF SUNSHINE Ideas to spread happiness.

Some ideas of what to include (in the yellow or gold color of course) are:

sunshine box for a student
The perfect sunshine box for a student
  • Keychain
  • Snacks
  • Candle
  • Markers
  • Fridge Magnet
  • Glasses
  • T-Shirt
  • Journal
  • Perfume
  • Stuffed Animal
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Drinks
  • Gift Card
  • Socks
  • Nail Polish
  • Mug / Glass
  • Bath Bombs
  • Puzzle / Crossword
  • Flowers
  • Picture Frame
  • Book
  • Tea or Coffee
  • Stickers
  • Bubbles
  • Fun Straws
  • School Supplies
  • Lip Balm / Lip Gloss
  • Water Bottle
  • Face Mask

Sunshine Box Sayings

After stocking your box, finish it off by writing a sweet sunshine box saying onto a card or printing one of my free printables below and stick it into your box.

Here are some examples of what to write-

  • Sending you a box of sunshine because you light up the room
  • Heard you had some cloudy days so here is a little bit of sunshine
  • You brighten my life with your friendship, so I’m sending you a box full of sunshine to brighten up your day
  • I hope this brightens your day
  • Wishing you a day that’s as bright as the sun!
  • Sending a little sunshine your way to brighten your day, like you always do mine
  • This box of sunshine won’t take the pain away, but just know that the sun still shines even on a rainy day
  • You shine as bright as the sun
  • A box of sunshine for my sunshine
  • You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray. You’ll never know dear how much I love you.
You can also download this

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How to Make A Sunshine Box

get well soon sunshine box

A Sunshine Box is a yellow-themed care package that is the perfect way to brighten someone's day.

Making a sunshine box is very easy.

In this post, you will find suggestions on what box to use, what to put inside your sunshine box, how to decorate your sunshine box, sunshine box sayings to use and best of all, you will find TWO sunshine box printables that you can use to top it all off!


  • Box
  • Yellow Tissue Paper or Shredded Paper
  • Yellow Gifts & Items
  • Sunshine-related Note, Card or Print


  1. Choose your box (or basket, bag, bottle, etc)
  2. Decorate your box (with wrapping paper, paint, stickers, etc)
  3. Stuff the box with yellow gifts
  4. Add a sunshine note or card (or use the printable above!)

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And there you go! Your sunshine box is ready and you’re ready to make someone smile!

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