DIY Punch Board Easter Story

I teach the elementary kiddos at our church and I wanted to try something different this year to share the Easter story. I've done the jelly bean and eggs thing so I wanted something else. I then remembered I had pinned this advent calendar punch box to my pinterest board which sparked the idea for a Punch Box Easter Story. 

Now, the version I found seemed a bit too involved for the amount of time I had available (I was also planning our church's easter egg hunt). So I made my way to good ole Walmart and as I came across the kleenex isle I knew I had found my key material! Yes, kleenex boxes! First, they come in pretty patterns which meant I wouldn't have to decorate them with any additional materials. Second, It already had a whole cut out...one less extra step to my DIY. And third, they were only $1. 

So here's what you'll need:

  • 9 kleenex boxes (I got mine at Walmart, you can also get them cheap at the Dollar General)
  • 1 Foam Board (I got mine at the Dollar General)
  • 1 Sheet of Tissue Paper (any color you want-I used orange b/c I already had it and it went with the colors on the boxes)
  • Glue to attach boxes to cardboard (I used gorilla glue)
  • Glue stick to attach tissue paper to boxes
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • White Paint Pen (if you are using a black foam board)

Here are the instructions:

These are the kleenex boxes I bought

These are the kleenex boxes I bought

I added some design on the bottom too. If you don't have a paint pen and don't want to spend the money then I suggest buying a different color foam board (like white) and use sharpies. Get creative, you may end up liking your version of it even better than mine.

I added some design on the bottom too. If you don't have a paint pen and don't want to spend the money then I suggest buying a different color foam board (like white) and use sharpies. Get creative, you may end up liking your version of it even better than mine.

I took my white paint pen to write on the foam board.

I took my white paint pen to write on the foam board.

Attach boards with glue. I eyeballed it by laying them on the board and then took a pencil and drew a line at the bottom of each box. Then I took the box, put glue on it and then lined the box with the line I drew on the foam board. Follow this step with each box.

Attach boards with glue. I eyeballed it by laying them on the board and then took a pencil and drew a line at the bottom of each box. Then I took the box, put glue on it and then lined the box with the line I drew on the foam board. Follow this step with each box.

I ended up making the circle bigger on the box because it made it easier to get all the kleenex out at once. Then, I measured the box so I could cut the tissue paper to the right size. I folded the tissue paper so I would only have to make one cut. Hey, gotta save time where you can. Also, make sure to place your item inside the box before you add the tissue square and keep track of which items put inside. :)

Take your glue stick and add a generous amount to the top of the kleenex box. 

Take your glue stick and add a generous amount to the top of the kleenex box. 

Repeat steps with all the other boxes. I wrote the numbers once I glued the tissue to the box but you can do it before.

Repeat steps with all the other boxes. I wrote the numbers once I glued the tissue to the box but you can do it before.

And this is the aftermath. 
Take a tissue paper, place it on top of the box and press down around the edges making sure is tight.

Take a tissue paper, place it on top of the box and press down around the edges making sure is tight.

And this is the final product! I tell you, your kids will love it! I think I will another one for the Christmas Story! 

And this is the final product! I tell you, your kids will love it! I think I will another one for the Christmas Story! 

The picture on the left shows you the aftermath!

I wish I could have taken pictures of the kids as they were punching each box. They couldn't wait to do it and I had their full attention as I told them the story of Easter. 

I spent a total of $10 dollars and it was worth it! 

You can download the list of items to place inside each box here. I used this list as a guideline and adjusted it to fit my needs. 

One thing I wanted to do but ran out of time was to have all 9 items of the easter story set up at different tables and then give each kid a small bag with a piece of paper explaining what each item meant. Then, as we punched each box, kids would head to the table that had that item and add it to their bag this way they could take it home and tell the story to their family. So maybe you can try that yourself! 

Hope your kids love this DIY as much as our children did!