You know it鈥檚 officially winter when your cheeks are rosy and your nose runs like a leaky faucet. With the chilly weather upon us, we can start to feel a little rundown and sneezy. Ain鈥檛 nobody got time for that! A DIY Winter First Aid Kit can be a life saver when you just can鈥檛 deal. With a quick little roundup of sick-day essentials, you can skip a last-minute dash to the drugstore and stay healthy. Our DIY Winter First Aid Kit is packed with our favorite flu busters, like immune boosting vitamin C drops, lozenges, soft tissues, herbal tea and other goodies. If you have a friend that鈥檚 fighting the sniffles, give them a winter first aid kit to share the love.

DIY Winter First Aid Kit

Materials:
鈥 cardboard box

鈥 fabric, canvas or cotton

鈥 spray adhesive

鈥 primer or gesso (optional)

鈥 acrylic paint

鈥 masking tape

Tools:
鈥 scissors

鈥 ruler

鈥 pencil

鈥 paintbrushes, one medium and one small

DIY Winter First Aid Kit

Instructions:

1. Paint the interior of your box with primer first.

2. Then paint one or two thin layers of acrylic paint on top in your chosen color. Let your paint dry.

3. With a ruler, measure the bottom and sides of the box. Mark and cut your fabric, adding one extra inch of fabric to each side for overlapping.

4. In a well-ventilated area, spray the bottom of the box with spray adhesive. Center the box on top of the fabric and glue together.

5. Now line up your ruler with one edge of the box and mark a straight line on the fabric with your pencil. Do this for all sides of the box.

6. For two opposite sides of the fabric, mark one inch out from the line you already have. When you cut along this line, you鈥檒l use the extra inch of fabric to fold over the side.

7. Spray the sides of your box starting with the sides where you have extra fabric and glue the fabric in place.

8. Once you鈥檝e attached fabric to the two sides of the box, spray the other two sides. First, glue down the overlapping fabric from the other sides, then adhere the last two panels of fabric.

9. Wrap the remaining fabric over the top of the box and inside and spray down.

10. For a Swiss cross, use masking tape to mask off a vertical rectangle and paint it. Add another layer of tape to create a horizontal rectangle this time and paint again.

11. Repeat steps to cover the lid of your box.

DIY Winter First Aid Kit

If you have gift boxes left over from the holiday season, use them for this kit. The interior of your box may have a dark color or pattern, so paint it with primer first. This will create a light colored, solid background so the final color that you paint on top looks awesome.

Once your primer has dried, paint one or two thin layers of acrylic paint on top in your chosen color. The edges of the box don鈥檛 have to be painted perfectly 鈥 they鈥檒l be covered with an inch of fabric. Let your paint dry.

DIY Winter First Aid Kit

With a ruler, measure the bottom and sides of the box. Mark your fabric and add one extra inch of fabric to each side for overlapping. Cut your fabric.

In a well-ventilated area, spray the bottom of the box with spray adhesive. Center the box on top of the fabric and glue together. Smooth out any wrinkles.

Now we will trim off excess fabric so the box is smooth and the lid can fit on top. Line up your ruler with one edge of the box and mark a line on the fabric with your pencil. Do this for all sides of the box.

For two opposite sides of the fabric, mark one inch out from the line you already have. (If you have a rectangular box, do this for the two short sides.) When you cut along this line, you鈥檒l use the extra inch of fabric to fold over the side.

DIY Winter First Aid Kit

Spray the sides of your box starting with the sides where you have extra fabric. Attach the fabric and smooth out with your hand.

Once you鈥檝e attached fabric to the two sides of the box (the short side on a rectangular box), spray the other sides. First glue down the overlapping fabric from the other sides. Then adhere the last two panels of fabric.

Wrap the remaining fabric over the top of the box and inside and spray down.

To paint a Swiss cross on your fabric, use masking tape to mask off a vertical rectangle. Paint the rectangle with acrylic paint (no primer required!). Add another layer of tape to create a horizontal rectangle this time and paint again. Remove the masking tape and you have a Swiss cross!

Repeat these steps to cover the lid of your box.

DIY Winter First Aid Kit

To really prepare for the winter, we filled another emergency kit with chocolate and candy, because you shouldn鈥檛 have to brave the snow for a little treat. Now you鈥檒l never have to leave the house!

DIY Winter First Aid Kit

We鈥檙e ready for whatever winter throws at us!

DIY Winter First Aid Kit

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