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Every year at the beginning of Fall, someone in my house always winds up sick. It never fails – whether it be from school, the weather change, the pollen in the air, who knows. And once one person catches something, the whole family has to suffer through it as well. In the past, instead of stocking up early like a normal person would do, I wait. I wait until I am bed ridden and feeling like crud, then drag myself out to Publix (with kids in tow because I never get a day off) and head straight for the medicine aisle to get what I need. Now, that is NOT fun at all. I would rather not have to make any outings when I or the kids get sick, so this year I decided to be proactive about the inevitable and stock up on all the essentials for the upcoming season. AND I made this adorable Get Well Kit to keep it all in!
When thinking about building your own get well kit, make sure you have all your bases covered. I want to keep a wide range of cold/flu medicines, first aid, children’s medicines and miscellaneous items so that we are well prepared for pretty much anything that we might catch. Tylenol® Cold Multi Symptom is usually my go-to when I start to feel icky, but my husband likes Sudafed® and Benadryl® so I made sure to grab those as well. And of course I got some things for the kids like Children’s ZYRTEC®, Band-Aid® and Neosporin®. I’m sure I will add to this collection in the future, but for now I am pretty confident that we are covered for whatever comes our way.
Once I had all of my essentials, I needed something to put them in. Now, you know I’m a maker, so I just had to think up a cute and functional storage container for our get well kit. Check it out and make one for yourself!
Easy DIY Get Well Kit
You will need:
- Plastic bin with hinged lid
- spray adhesive
- staple gun
The first thing you want to do is paint your container. You don’t have to worry about the top panel or the bottom, but make sure you get all the sides evenly. I used a no-gloss spray paint for a matte look that coordinates with my fabric. Once that is all painted it’s time to create a “sleeve” that holds your most used items. So measure out your elastic to span *almost* the length of your lid and (if you have a large enough area) one to two smaller pieces. Lay it out onto the open lid of your container and staple it in four places – the two ends and then two in the middle. If you do a second row, make sure to leave enough room so that when you load it up you can fit everything in. It will look like this stocked up:
Next, iron your fabric piece so that it is smooth and free of wrinkles. Lay it out on top of your container and trace around the edge with a pencil. *Note: if your container doesn’t have a “lip” like mine does, you will stretch your fabric around the entire lid and fold the edges under so you have a smooth surface.*
Cut out your fabric shape, spray some adhesive to your lid and apply your fabric to the top, making sure to smooth the edges and any wrinkles.
Let it dry for a minute and then take your ribbon and glue it around the edges. I put a chalkboard sticker on the front of mine, but that is totally optional. Once that is finished all you have left to do is stock up your kit with the essentials!
This adorable kit is great for keeping at home, as a new mom gift, for your college student, as a teacher gift and much more! You can even make get well kits for your family/friends and personalize them to everyone’s favorite colors! #CollectiveBias