set of mood boxesOne of my absolute favourite movies from 2015 was Inside Out. It took me on a roller coaster of emotions – I laughed, I cried and I had this gooey happy feeling when the movie ended. The message of the movie is beautiful. And, I often check my emotions based on what it’s trying to say. So, I definitely wanted to make something related to it and about the 5 emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear.

The idea behind these mood boxes is to have papercraft pillows you can use when you feel an emotion intensely. For example, if you’re feeling really sad, you can open the box and it will help you feel less sad. Or if you’re happy, to make you happier. It could have notes full of happy memories or something as simple as chocolate. Here’s how these papercraft mood boxes are made.

colourful mood boxes

Time taken: 1 hour max.
Budget: Low
You’ll need:

  • 5 sheets of coloured paper (yellow, red, blue, purple and green for the emotions in the movie)
  • White paint
  • Template for a pillow box
  • Scissors
  • Alphabet punch
  • Thick white paper
  • Sponge
  • Glue

Here’s how to make it:

making papercraft box

  1. Start by drawing out the template and cutting it out.
  2. Rub of the pencil marks and fold in the lines and edges.
  3. Fold the side flap inwards and paste the box in half.
  4. Fold in the upper and lower flaps to form a box. This is done to define the shape of the box.

painting the mood boxes

5. Flatten out the box and make markings on the upper side of the boxes. Make two lines for the border and one in the centre for the alphabets.
6. Lightly sponge white paint within the borders drawn. This will create a cloud like effect.
7. Punch out the alphabets for each emotion – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. If you don’t have a punch, you can write out the emotion on the box too.
8. Paste the mood in the middle of the box. Start by pasting the middle letter of the word and then pasting the remaining letters around it.

paper box set

Once the paint and the letters have dried out, rub out the lines and stuff your boxes. There are two directions in which you can go with the boxes. You can make them for yourself or as a gift.

If you’re making them for yourself (like I did), you want them to be a little more permanent than a small gift. One idea is, you can fill them up with messages or quotes or photographs that relate to that emotion. For instance, my “fear” box has encouraging quotes by some of my favourite comedians. So that I feel uplifted and have a laugh whenever I’m feeling nervous. And, once I’ve read the quote I just put it back in the box for another time. You can also pick messages from different boxes if you’re feeling multiple emotions at one time (just like the movie!).

paper boxes

On the other hand, if you’re planning on giving the mood boxes as a gift, you can fill in the boxes with small items that help with each emotion. Here are some ideas:

  • Joy – A photo frame with a nice photo or flowers or something personalised.
  • Sadness – Chocolate, uplifting music (the Inside Out soundtrack, for example) or a memory of a happy occasion.
  • Fear – Books on positivity and encouragement, funny messages or a gift for a specific fear like a nightlight.
  • Disgust – Give something for the 5 senses
  • Anger – Calming balms, stress buster games, exercise equipment or clothing.

mood box set

DIY mood boxes

What do you think of this concept and what would you put in a mood box? Let me know in the comments below! Also, if you like seeing DIYs based on movies / tv shows / books etc, please leave your suggestions in the comments and we’ll try to make it happen. Have a great start to the week!