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DIY Juice Carton Sailboats + #doingood Holiday Contest ($500 Prize Value)

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DIY Juice Carton Sailboat**

“Parenting is totally smooth sailing!”…………… said no parent EVER.

If you have kids, then you know exactly what I mean… one minute things can be all sunshine and rainbows, and the next minute the storm magically reappears in one of it’s impressively reliable forms. As a working mom of 2 young girls myself, it feels like I’m constantly “manning our ship”, so to speak, and often doing my best to just prevent it from toppling over… never mind any fantastical dreams about smooth sailing! ;)

Sometimes the most impressive parenting work actually happens in the middle of a storm though, or when you’re too busy taking care of things to even realize it. But I bet someone else realizes it… and if they did, wouldn’t it be AWESOME to be reminded that you’re doing a good job?!

HEY! You’re #doingood

That’s exactly the thinking behind Minute Maid’s #doingood campaign, which encourages people to recognize and celebrate great parenting, which is likely happening all around you. And the holidays are an especially wonderful time to offer some extra high-fives to moms and dads, as this time of year can also bring about added stresses and even more things for parents to juggle than usual.

As part of the campaign, you’ll see a section on several Minute Maid products where you can fill in the blanks to personalize a #doingood message to give to someone you know. Filling this out and dropping it off or sharing a picture of it with them is a super easy and unexpected way to spread some joy!

Minute Maid #DoinGood Carton + Printable Sails


If you want to get a little craftier though, here’s another idea! In keeping with the “not-so-smooth-sailing” concept, I turned some of the empty Minute Maid juice cartons into sailboats and designed printable “encouragement sails” to use on them. Just add your favorite edible treat, and you’ve got yourself a creative – and very thoughtful! – homemade gift.

Each of the 3 sail designs comes in 2 colorways: 1.) black with white type and 2.) white with black type and a pop of cheerful holiday RED.

DIY Juice Carton Sailboat gift



1. Give the carton 2 coats of white craft paint. Let paint dry completely between coats.

drink carton craft

2. Cut out the Boat Top Template and lay it on top of the carton. Lightly trace around the template with a pencil. Next, trace the rectangle shape inside of the first shape, and cut it out with a craft knife.

3. Time to paint! Add stripes, windows, etc, and just have fun with it. Let the paint dry completely.

4. Hot glue a printable sail front and back design together, then glue a wooden skewer to the back. Use a craft knife to puncture a small “x” in the top of the carton for the skewer to be inserted through.

Done! Just place a treat inside to turn the boat into a gift. I filled these with a buttery toffee popcorn, but you can use your own favorite edible or non-edible treat.

Here’s one of the options for the back side of the sail… (the other version has fill-in-the-blanks inspired by the design on the Minute Maid carton):




#doingood Holiday Contest ($500 Prize Value)

*** Winner update, 12/12/16. This contest is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered and WOW was that a difficult decision to pick a winner – there was so much thought and creativity that went into the entries and I wish I had several prizes to give out! There can only be one though… and the winner is Anna B. who put together this inspiring board! Congrats, Anna! :) ***

I hope you’re feeling inspired to spread some #doingood joy! And here’s some extra motivation for ya… you may have noticed that the title of this post mentions a contest, so here’s your chance to win a prize pack (valued at $500) with the following items:

–  $300 Visa gift card (this should help with holiday shopping!)
– 2 Minute Maid #doingood journals (one to keep, one to gift)
– a personalized canvas print of your favorite family photo.

You’ll need to create a Pinterest board to enter. Here are the details:


1. Create a Pinterest board and name it “Minute Maid #doingoodcontest

2. Pin ideas and inspiration about recognizing or celebrating great parenting and family moments during the holidays.

For example, you could pin other projects or things that would make great #doingood gifts, funny quotes that will make parents laugh, inspirational family holiday moments, ideas for celebrating with other moms, etc. Here’s my board as an example. Please note that you are NOT required to promote Minute Maid products as part of the contest, and the board will be judged on the quality, not the quantity, of pins.

3. Post a link to your board in the comments section of this post, along with the hashtag #doingoodcontest.


Important Disclosures:

This contest is open to US residents only, age 18 or older.

The contest starts on November 10, 2016 and ends on December 8, 2016 at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be contacted via email on December 12th and announced here.

The contest prize is provided by Minute Maid. Minute Maid is not a sponsor, administrator, or connected in any other way with this promotion.


diy juice carton sailboats


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Minute Maid. Thank you so much for supporting the companies that make it possible for me to keep the creative content coming your way!

By |2016-12-12T13:47:45-07:00November 10th, 2016|Favors & Gifts, Free Printables, Styled by Jenn|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. @GirlyGirlPartea November 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Juice Carton Sailboats Craft + #doingood Holiday Contest ($500 Prize Value) https://t.co/iN0xD954o9

  2. ELISE LANEY November 10, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    What a fun idea! I loved making crafts out of juice boxes and milk cartons as a kid.

    I love the idea of collecting holiday inspiration on Pinterest. Here is my board for the #doingoodcontest:

  3. @HWTM_Jenn November 10, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    DIY “Sailboats” made from @MinuteMaid cartons + #doinggoodcontest w/ @a $500 prize! #ad https://t.co/FE3ls5Taxx https://t.co/oiATkbx9rY

  4. Christi Bovee November 11, 2016 at 6:00 am

    It’s the jump start I needed to get my thankfulness going.



  5. @AllAboutNuptial November 11, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Juice Carton Sailboats Craft + #doingood Holiday Contest ($500 Prize Value) https://t.co/UWvuqfwzxW

  6. livivua chandler November 15, 2016 at 8:50 am

    https://www.pinterest.com/vivaciousgold/minute-maid-doinggoodcontest/ (my board)- I am in love with a lot of the activities and cannot wait to do them

  7. Shannon Schmitt November 19, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    This post caused me to reflect on more ways to make Holidays fun, whimsical and memorable for my kids!


  8. Kiran Saeed November 22, 2016 at 8:20 am

    My family and I love our orange juice. We’ll have to print these beau boats out, and *sea where it takes us. ;-)


  9. Kiran Saeed November 22, 2016 at 8:29 am

    My family and I love our orange juice. We’ll have to print these beau boats out, and *sea where it takes us. ;-)



  10. Victoria Lynch November 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Not only am I really excited to have a Pinterest board to capture all the ways I can encourage my mama friends, I’m also saving some inspirational ideas for the teachers I coach in a middle school, and my daughter’s sweet nursery school teachers. There are plenty of people needing some love this time of the year. It’s so easy to get burnt out with to-do lists and obligations!



  11. jenn s. November 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    That sounds awesome, Victoria!! :) And I totally agree!

  12. Summer Bonner December 1, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for the Chance to Win such a Wonderful Prize. Happy Holidays. Here is a Link to my Board: https://www.pinterest.com/dwnbonner/doingoodcontest/

  13. Marlyn Velez December 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

    So fun! Just found this blog and already a contest! Here is my link: https://www.pinterest.com/zumbatini/minute-maid-doingoodcontest/

  14. Mert Cook December 7, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I absolutely love this! Thank you so much for creating this beautiful idea and movement! I work at a school and for all the people that work here I’m going to use this, because they are parents to their own as well as to children in their classroom! I can’t wait to post pictures… #doingood

  15. Anna B. December 7, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Had a blast pinning holiday decor ideas and Christmas family moments! Thank you so much for the fun giveaway! Here’s a link to my board. #doingoodcontest


  16. Sheri Lee December 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks! I had fun putting together my favorite holiday traditions! https://www.pinterest.com/slfree18/minute-maid-doingoodcontest/ #doingoodcontest

  17. Anna B December 8, 2016 at 8:57 am

    (My first comment from yesterday never came through – so hopefully this one will.) Here’s a link to my pinterest board. Thank you for the fun contest!


  18. @HWTM_Jenn December 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

    LAST DAY to enter our $500 holiday contest with @MinuteMaid! Enter here: https://t.co/FE3ls5Taxx #doingoodholidaycontest

  19. @HWTM_Jenn December 12, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Free printable “Encouragement Sails” from my DIY Sailboat Craft with @MinuteMaid_US! Details here:… https://t.co/tPHXxAWv5f

  20. xu zhuang January 5, 2017 at 1:46 am

    I appreciate your masterpiece, you are a very inspirational person, I have a request, I am looking forward to get your share.

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