How to make: Iron Man Gift Box

Please note  – these photos were taken in 2013, so apologies for the poor quality!

Bit of a background to this – my husband & I will have been married 10 years this August (!) – time has flown by… seems only yesterday we were planning the wedding!

When we were first married we decided that on our anniversaries, instead of getting a “normal” gift (such as one that we’d buy for a birthday / christmas etc), that we would try to stick to the “traditional” list.

For example : (based on the British ones)
1st = Cotton
2nd = Paper
3rd = Leather
4th = Fruit & Flowers
5th = Wood

For the 6th it is Sugar (& Iron in the US),  we thought that sugar was a bit unimaginative on its own… at the time my husband was into watching the “Iron Man” movies, so I came up with this:

Iron (Iron Man)  + Sugar (Chocolate & Sweets)

=

Iron Man Gift Box

A fun little gift box full of goodies all themed around Iron Man!

Personally, I’m not into Marvel  / Superhero movies, but my husband being a big kid at heart likes them, and I wanted to create a “replacement parts” / “supply box”  – something that Tony Stark would need in an emergency.

I bought some of his favourite sweets with some new ones to try as well.

Now a few of the things I used to make this came along courtesy of Google at the time, but I also made a couple of the chocolate / sweet “covers”.

The first thing I found was a “Blueprint” of Iron Man – if you do a search for this LOADS of results came up –  this link is the one (or a very similar one, it was 4 years ago) that I found – it is originally used as a desktop wallpaper so it is there for fair use.

I printed it off and attached it to the lid of the box.

The next thing, was I found a font called “STARK” –  click here to find it  – and installed it to my computer… it is really simple to install a new font, just open the downloaded file and click install!

After installing the perfect font, I made a couple of “covers” to wrap the chocolate Lindt bars in…   I didn’t keep the originals, but I have recreated them and they’re here to download.

I named one:

Gold-Titanium Alloy Replacement Bar

and the other

J.A.R.V.I.S. Backup Circuit Motherboard

 

I then went and found the thingy … you know the thingy that Tony Stark has in his chest  the R.T. Node (thanks Google!) and printed it off to match the size of a yoghurt pot lid.

Then with some (not so careful) cutting, I cut the yoghurt pot down made a cardboard base and covered it in gold paper to seal the bottom of it. I then filled it up with Malteasers.

Then came the fibre optic cables (aka Strawberry “trunks”)

I also took some tic-tacs and covered it in a Iron-Man themed paper

Sherbet dib-dabs became Energy Iron Powder

Lindt Lindor became replacement helmets

plus some… IRON MAN cufflinks and a mini Iron Man toy! (thanks eBay!)

then… I made sure that I put an explanation in

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p style=”text-align: center;”>FAO Tony Stark of course….  (note the code: 180807 – our wedding date)

then I put lots of Top Secret pics on the box (again, I googled these – such as these here)

and wrapped it in brown paper and string so it looked like someone had dropped it off (covertly of course)

At the time  – when I gave it to my husband as a gift, he was impressed with all the work I put into it!

If you fancy making it for yourself (doesn’t have to be an anniversary gift, this can also be used for kids!), this could be easily modified with different sweets / chocolate –  even a different superhero character!

Don’t forget the Printables are here in this link

So in about 6 weeks it’s our 10th… this year it is Tin (or Aluminium)… or Daffodils for a flower, or Diamonds for a gem… so plenty of time to find / think of a present!

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24 Comments

  1. Sophie's Nursery (@sophiesnursery)

    July 7, 2017 at 09:32

    I love this idea of using the traditional gift list & putting your own twist on it!! So imaginative 🙂 x

    1. Jenny

      July 7, 2017 at 12:21

      thank you! sometimes its nice to change things up a bit!

  2. Rachel neal

    July 7, 2017 at 09:56

    O I love this, my friend had been married 3 years recently and was asking me for ideas for a leather present for her hubby. When we get married I will 100% be following this tradition.

    1. Jenny

      July 7, 2017 at 12:21

      that’s great! 🙂

  3. Recipe From A Pantry

    July 7, 2017 at 10:49

    That’s a novel idea! You went to a lot of effort for this, hope he appreciated it lol

    1. Jenny

      July 7, 2017 at 12:21

      thanks! as far as I remember he did at the time!

  4. tomsandersonn

    July 7, 2017 at 11:42

    This idea is amazing. As a fellow marvel lover this gift box would be a perfect present. Love it.

    1. Jenny

      July 7, 2017 at 12:22

      Thank you 😀

  5. Kara

    July 8, 2017 at 08:10

    I love this idea – it is our 12th anniversary tomorrow and I have still not done anything apart from buy a card

    1. Jenny

      July 8, 2017 at 09:46

      Congratulations!

  6. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    July 8, 2017 at 09:08

    What a novelty! You sure put a lot of thought into it 🙂

  7. Cathy Glynn

    July 8, 2017 at 09:21

    What an amazing idea and I love how adaptable it could be for other occasions or people x

    1. Jenny

      July 8, 2017 at 09:48

      Thank you! Hopefully it can inspire others

  8. Lucy Dorrington

    July 8, 2017 at 10:24

    This is a great idea, my son would love it! Also what a brilliant suggestion for the most boring of the US anniversary gifts!

  9. Haley Thiele

    July 8, 2017 at 16:25

    I can’t tell you how much I love this! We are huge superhero fans and my husband is an Iron Man cosplayer. You need to watch them, they are great! Oh, and the “thingy” is an arc reactor! 😛

    1. Jenny

      July 8, 2017 at 17:45

      Oh I have watched them lol not my thing though

  10. five little doves

    July 8, 2017 at 17:23

    Ahh what a lovely idea!! This looks like the perfect gift for iron men fans!

  11. fashionandstylepolice

    July 9, 2017 at 12:57

    This is an amazing gift idea for super hero fans. Very nice.

  12. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    July 9, 2017 at 21:08

    Wow you put so much effort into this, I’m glad he appreciated it! What did he get you?!

    1. Jenny

      July 10, 2017 at 08:19

      I think he went along with the “sugar” side of it! Isn’t that bad, 4 years ago and I don’t really remember 😂

  13. Louise Smith

    July 11, 2017 at 12:58

    This is such a great anniversary gift! I like giving gifts that are really thoughtful and unique 🙂
    Louise x

  14. Steph

    July 12, 2017 at 09:52

    Great idea! Like you said kids would love it too

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