DENovator Faire – Hug Boxes

Filed Under (Conference, Suggestions) by Jeannine on 18-07-2015

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There will be more sharing to come after just wrapping up #DENSI2015. But I need a little more time to organize and decompress first. But Lindsay Foster asked for directions to make a hug box or a template. So I figured I would share this out first.

Once again during DENSI, Kristy Vincent organized an amazing Making Faire for us. You can find information on the DENSI website under Resources. Here is the text from Kristy’s site:

“What is being a DENovator?

It’s really whatever you want it to be! Have a craft you just can’t wait to share and teach others? Bring it and give a lesson. Been experimenting with Makey Makey’s with your students and want to show what it can do? Bring it and teach your DEN family? Designed an awesome new app or tool? Bring it!
Being a DENovator basically involves sharing your passion with others. Whether you bring and share a craft, invention, or DIY is entirely up to you!”
So I thought and I thought about what to make for the DENovator Faire. I found a cute image on Pinterest of a jar or Hershey’s Kisses decorated as a Hug Jar. That sparked the idea. I thought hmmm what about decorated boxes to “keep our hugs in”. I googled for ideas. I came across this great arts and crafts project:  I modified the poem a bit to put a DENtwist on it. And came up with:
“This is a very special gift
That you can never see
The reason it’s so special is
DEN friends made it together in D.C.
Whenever you are lonely
Or are ever feeling blue
You only have to hold this gift
And know we’re hugging you.
You never can unwrap it
Please leave the ribbon tied
Just hold the box close to your heart
It’s lled with #DENhugs inside”.
I made cards to go with the boxes as a little momento.  I provided favor boxes to be wrapped/decorated (They are the kind one would put almonds in for a party. Mine were from Party City SKU: 265395. But any box will do) I knew people would be traveling and wouldn’t want a large craft that they would have to pack. I provided striped blue and white wrapping paper, blue and white ribbons, jewel stickers, markers, and crayons. I explained that we were making boxes to hold our hugs and take our friends with us. My table display also had a box I found –

Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they're always there...

Good friends are like stars

Then I sat back and watched as my incredibly creative DENFriends came and decorated Hug Boxes. Some decorated quickly. Others took their time. Some were meticulous. Others less deliberate. Some put the card inside. Some used the card to decorate the box.

Making Hug Boxes


Making Memories


Craft Full of Love

Thank you to all those that found their way to my table. As the box said, just because you don’t see me doesn’t mean I’m not thinking of you.  I hope you know how many hugs from me are inside your individual containers. Even if you weren’t with us in DC. You too can make a hug box. Just let us know that you now have one and we will help fill it with virtual hugs.

Much love,


Monday #DENSI2014 Reflection

Filed Under (Conference, DEN Events) by Jeannine on 15-07-2014

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It happened again. I rose way too early for my liking. Do you think maybe I was excited about something? What would there be to be excited about? Oh perhaps maybe just a little excited about spending the day with all my DEN friends exploring the Ryman Auditorium, , the Parthenon, and The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,


You can explore a virtual walk down History Lane with Perhaps you are like me and read this location and thought, “The what?”. Well according to

“On March 15, 1974, the Opry made its last broadcast from Ryman before moving to its new custom built home, The Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland.” It seems in 1901 the Ryman Stage was created to offer a home to touring company of the New York Met’s Opera Company. The acoustic or said to be the second best in the world. Not too shabby.


The Parthenon serves as an art museum. It was originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the original Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 B.C.


The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been the heart of country music since 1967. The museum provides interactive stations, wardrobe, instrument, and record displays from several iconic Country Singers. This is one of those kitchen sink exhibits. Everything is here from one Elvis’ 7 cadalliacs, A gold piano, Crystal Gale’s wardrobe samples, Johnny Cash’s guitar, a car from the Movie The Bandit, Taylor Swifts’s tour bus, and a Florida Georgia Line Tshirt and trophies. The displays run the gammit.


After exploring these venues we returned to the beautiful Vanderbilt University campus. After dinner we were able to attend an advanced screening of a new program called “How the Universe Works”. The graphic are stunning. The music exceptional. And the voice narration provided by Mike Rowe is compelling. It is so nice to get to sample some of the wonderful Discovery Education products that will soon be released.


Tomorrow will be another big day. I should be heading to bed. Night all y’all.