With Landon potty training, I’ve found myself searching, and asking for advice from other moms, on what to do to keep him interested in going…on the pot.
After a surprise potty prize box from my Mother-In-Law I decided to make a super awesome box that would make him excited every time he saw it. Something that’s so awesome, he would want to do anything possible to see what’s inside the box.
I purchased almost everything from Hobby Lobby, but you can shop from Walmart or anywhere else. I spent less than $35 total – most of you will probably have most of this stuff on hand, if you’re a crafter. You don’t have to use the colors I chose, you can pick any colors you want for your potty prize box – maybe your toddler’s favorite colors?
This project take a total of 2 days. You really want to make sure the paint is dry and you might want to use more layers than I did.
What You Need:
Wooden Box – $14.99 @ Hobby Lobby (you can find this half price at Hobby Lobby sometimes)
Metalic Topaz Acrylic Paint – $1.17 @ Hobby Lobby
Stencil – $2.99 @ Hobby Lobby
Painted, Wooden Cut-outs any design x3 – $0.67/each @ Hobby Lobby
Paintbrushes – already had on hand
Wood Glue – $2.99 @ Hobby Lobby
Silver Spray Paint – $3.77 @ Walmart
What You Do:
- Spray paint your box in a well vented area – spray the inside and outside. Let dry for about an hour then apply another coat. Repeat until you have the color shade you want. You may need more than 1 can of spray paint, if you wish for a deep color. Let dry for 10-12 hours.
- Once your box is dry, take the wood glue and glue your wooden cut-outs onto 3 sides of the box – or however you want to glue them on. Let your child pick where he/she wants the cut outs to be glued. Let each one dry for an hour before moving onto a different side of the box.
- Take your stencil and acrylic paint. Paint your phrase of choice onto the box. I chose “Landon’s Potty Prize Box” Depending on the type of stencil you have, this make take a while to do. You want to make sure the paint is dried completely before using, give it 4 hours at least.
- Pick a box that’s easy to transport – remember, your child is potty training inside and outside the home! Always have prizes on hand.
- Make sure your paint is fully dry before moving onto a new section.
- Use as many layers of paint that you want – make this box appealing to your potty trainer.
- Pick colors of paint that will make your potty trainer excited to potty train.
- I picked wooden cut-outs that I knew Landon would like – some of his favorite things. You can do the same!
- Leave your box laying on the side, while your wooden cut-outs dry. Otherwise the glue might cause them to slide down the side panel of your box.
- Don’t go over-board on surprises – remember, your child probably won’t play with/use the item very long anyways.
When you’re done you can fill it with goodies to help encourage your child to potty train. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, just something special. Landon gets a sticker or tattoo every time he goes pee in the potty. If he poops on the potty, then he gets to pick a bigger present or even a snack out of the box.
I recently got the opportunity to host a Pull-ups House Party and everyone that received a kit loved the items. At the end of my party I realized that I have an extra kit. So I’ve decided to do a small potty-training giveaway in honor of Landon’s huge milestone – and awesome potty prize box
You can enter my giveaway HERE and see what all your potty trainer will receive, if you win!