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Mother’s Day gifts you can make out of moving boxes

DIY Mother's Day Crafts you can make out of cardboard moving boxes

A question we run into a lot is what to do with moving boxes after your move is complete. We love getting creative to find new uses, like making this fun plinko game or dressing up for Halloween. But in honor of our Movers for Moms program, we wanted to show you a few ways to use some old moving boxes to make a Mother’s Day gift for the mom hero in your life!

Decorative Letters

Make a DIY Mother's Day gift out of moving boxes

This craft is very easy, and you can use the letters to make wall decor, a banner, or a door hanger.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A moving box
  • Crafting knife
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (only use with adult supervision!)

Make DIY Mother's Day crafts out of moving boxesStep One: Trace and cut out the letters you want to use.  We used “M – O – M,” but you may want to use your mom’s name or spell out “Happy Mother’s Day!”

Step Two: Use a dot of hot glue to secure the yarn to the top of each letter, and start wrapping! Occasionally add more dots of hot glue to keep the yarn straight.

Step Three: Add any extra decorations you want to use, such a charms, glitter, or ribbon.

Treat Toppers

Treat Toppers made out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat that shows your appreciation and love? We made these treat toppers for a cake, but you can use them for a stack of pancakes for breakfast in bed, cupcakes in your mom’s favorite flavor, or just about anything else!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A moving box
  • Crafting knife
  • Craft paper, plus any decorations you want to use
  • Toothpicks or small dowels (depending on the food these will go into)
  • Scissors and glue

cake toppers made from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesStep One: Cut out your flower shapes (or another shape, like hearts!) from the moving box. If you have cookie cutters in these shapes, those make great stencils.

Step Two: Cover the cardboard shapes in your craft paper, and decorate with markers, stickers, and glitter.

Step Three: Push your toothpick or dowel into the bottom of your cardboard shapes. If you’re using dowels, you may want to use a hot glue gun to place two shapes back-to-back around the dowel.

Step Four: Stick the toppers into your treats and surprise your mama!

Photo Frames

DIY Photo Frame made with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

We made these easy photo frames at our Movers for Moms Festival! We love them because they’re quick to make, inexpensive, and versatile. You can add some yarn at the top to turn them into door hangers, glue another piece of cardboard on the back so the frame will stand upright, or even stick an adhesive magnet on the back so the photo can stay on your fridge.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A moving box
  • Crafting knife
  • A sheet of patterned, adhesive shelf liner
  • Scissors

Step One: Trace a 6-inch by 8.5-inch rectangle onto your moving box. At one end, trace another rectangle within the larger one that has a 3/4″ space on three sides. (This smaller rectangle will be the window for your photo to peek through.)

Step Two: Carefully cut out the photo frame. Use your crafting knife to score down the center of the frame, where you’ll fold the frame in half to turn it into a 4″x6″ photo holder.

Step Three: Trace the shape of the frame onto the back of your shelf liner. Allow some extra space on the sides of the frame that will act as flaps to hold the frame together. Then cut out the shape from the shelf liner.

Step Four: Carefully peel off the back of the adhesive liner and stick it to the cardboard frame, using the two flaps to hold the frame together. Be sure to leave the top of the frame open so you can slide in a photo!

Moving Moms Forward for Mother’s Day

Movers for Moms collects Mother's Day donations for Safe Haven Family Shelter

Happy (early) Mother’s Day to every mom in Nashville!  Every year, we like to celebrate our local moms who need a little extra support from their community through our Movers for Moms campaign.  During Movers for Moms, we collect donations for the moms living at Safe Haven Family Shelter.  These moms have escaped domestic violence, suffered a loss of a family member, lost their home due to a natural disaster, or have experienced some other unexpected tragedy that has left their family without a home.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's first annual Movers for Moms Festival benefiting Safe Haven Family ShelterThis year was our fourth year running the Movers for Moms drive locally.  In 2016, the Nashville community came together and helped us collect over 3,700 donations for these deserving mothers.  We decided to set our sights high this year and aim for at least 5,000 donations!

Throughout March and April, we set up Movers for Moms donation boxes all over town at places like iLoveKickboxing, Zeitlin Realtors & Co, and Hermitage Kindercare where everyone could drop off their gifts for Safe Haven mamas.  But we took it a step further and hosted our first annual Movers for Moms Festival on April 22nd to raise even more money and collect more necessities!  The festival celebrated every mom in Nashville with free facials from Mary Kay, fun games for the kids, and tons of giveaways from our other festival vendors.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivers the Movers for Moms donations to Safe Haven Family Shelter in NashvilleWe knew we could count on you to make Safe Haven’s moms feel special, loved, and supported on their big day.  But as always, Nashville over-delivered…  You helped us collect over 9,000 donations of clothing items, diapers, bed sheets, and other necessities for moms who are starting their lives over at Safe Haven!  Thank you so much for your generous contributions!  We can’t wait to see what next year’s Movers for Moms drive will bring.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivers the 2017 Movers for Moms donations to Safe Haven Family Shelter

Movers for Moms: Helping moms in need this Mother’s Day

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is helping moms in need at Safe Haven Family Shelter for Mother's Day

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivers the Movers for Moms donations at Safe Haven Family ShelterThis month, we’re officially kicking off our 4th annual Movers for Moms collection drive! Every year in honor of Mother’s Day, we collect essential care items for the moms in need at Safe Haven Family Shelter. Safe Haven is so important to our hearts because they are the only homeless shelter in the Middle Tennessee region which is equipped to accept whole families, instead of having to split them up among Men’s and Women’s & Children shelters. Last year, we collected over 3,800 donations for Safe Haven… This year our goal is to collect 5,000 donations by Mother’s Day!

We hope you’ll join us in helping this deserving moms by making a donation at one of 15 drop off boxes we have in different locations all over Nashville. Some of the donations we really need include:

  • Non-chemical cleaning products, like brooms and trash bags
  • Diapers and other baby products
  • Unused kitchen and cooking products
  • New linens and pillows for Full and Twin-sized beds
  • Toiletries and personal care items

Movers for Moms Festival will have lots of family friendly activities for the kidsWe also want to invite you to our first annual Movers for Moms Festival coming up on April 22nd at Dragon Park! The festival is open to anyone with free admission, but some activities will be ticketed to help us raise money for Safe Haven. Get ready to party with us during Art Activities with The Frist Center, Parachute Play with Gymboree, Storytime with local children’s book authors, and tons more! We’ll also have yummy snacks from King of Pops, Nut Butter Nation, and other local foodies. You can read all the festival details here.


If you’re looking for moving help, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, or visit our website! During your March or April move, you can give your movers a donation to Movers for Moms, and they’ll bring it to Safe Haven free of charge!

Movers for Moms Made Mother’s Day Special for Nashville Moms

Mary Ellen Sheets founded TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in 1985.Every spring, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK hosts our annual Movers for Moms campaign leading up to Mother’s Day to collect critical donations for moms in need.  This tradition started way back in 1985 when a mom in Lansing, MI founded TWO MEN AND A TRUCK with her two sons.  During her first year in business, this mom, Mary Ellen Sheets, made a profit of $1,000–an incredible accomplishment for a brand new, built-from-the-ground-up business!  Mary Ellen decided she wanted to support other moms in her community, so she donated all of her profits to local mothers who had fled domestic violence situations in their homes.

Thirty-one years later, Mary Ellen’s dream of supporting moms in need lives on as every TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise in America continues the tradition of making Mother’s Day special for mothers in shelters across the country!  Here in Nashville, our Movers for Moms campaign benefits the deserving mamas at Safe Haven Family Shelter who have become homeless due to domestic violence, natural disasters, or unexpected financial hardships.  We love supporting Safe Haven because they’re the only homeless shelter in Middle Tennessee that’s equipped to accept whole families, instead of splitting them up among different men’s and women’s & children’s shelters.

Our Quality Control Specialist, Keith, holding a Movers for Moms collection boxDuring the Movers for Moms collection, we try to collect essential care items, such as baby products, home goods, and toiletries, for Safe Haven moms in time for Mother’s Day.  Last year, we were able to collect 800 of these critical gifts!  We decided to be ambitious this year and set our 2016 goal at collecting 2,000 donations…  And we knew we wouldn’t be able to accomplish that feat by ourselves.  We partnered with over fifty businesses, organizations, and schools who helped us collect donations by hosting donation bins at their offices and hosting Movers for Moms events for us during March and April.  People all over Greater Nashville came together to help us support these moms, and it was so much fun seeing the donations pour in.

We were able to collect 3,700 donations for the moms at Safe Haven Family Shelter during the 2016 Movers for Moms campaign!On Cinco de Mayo, we planned to count and deliver all the donations to Safe Haven so they could have the gifts in time for Mother’s Day.  In the end, we found out that we didn’t collect our goal of 2,000 gifts…  We almost DOUBLED our goal and ended up collecting over 3,700 individual donations!  You can watch the live video of the donation delivery here.  Thank you, Nashville, for helping us make a difference in the lives of these moms and their families!  We can’t wait for next year’s campaign to do it all over again.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of Safe Haven families too?  Click here for information on volunteering at the shelter.

Looking for a great moving company this summer?  We can help with that too!  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or visit our website for moving information.

Movers for Moms Update: Halfway There!

In just three short weeks, our Movers for Moms collection will wrap up with one HUGE delivery of Mother’s Day gifts to the moms in need at Safe Haven Family Shelter!  As you may have heard, our goal this year is to collect 2,000 critical gifts for these moms by May 8th.  Well, since we’re about halfway through our charity campaign, we wanted to give you an update about how the collection is going!  Here are some of the highlights we’ve experienced so far over the past couple of weeks:

Sculpted Edge Hair Art filled up a Movers for Moms collection box in one night!The Sculpted Edge client appreciation event was a huge success!
Hannah Arn and Holley’s amazing clients pulled through and filled up an entire Movers for Moms collection box in one night!  Plus we all got to enjoy some delicious coffee from Just. Love. Coffee., networking with local professionals, and music from Hannah’s multi-talented clients.  Hannah even serenaded us a little bit herself!  And she’s not done yet–you can drop off a Movers for Moms donation in her second collection box anytime before May 4th.

The Atelier Upton Salon partnered with Art by Jessyca Myers to raise money and donations for Movers for Moms!The Atelier Upton Salon made us huge fans of Art by Jessyca Myers!
Until this month’s Wedgewood-Houston Art Crawl, we had no idea the Atelier Upton Salon also doubles as an art studio!  But when Amanda (the salon/studio owner) invited us to come check out Jessyca Myers’ work at the April crawl, who were we to turn her down?  Amanda asked her “crawlers” to bring Movers for Moms donations to fill up her box, and Jessyca Myers announced that 10% of her art sales in April would benefit the Movers for Moms cause!  Despite the windy night, our marketer Jenni had a blast sipping wine with these generous mamas at the crawl.

And some of our donation drop-off locations have already overflowed their first collection boxes!
Gymboree Play and Music collected Mondo Bloxx for Movers for Moms!FiftyForward at the J. L. Turner Center and Gymboree Play & Music filled up their first collection boxes right away, so we’ve already had to bring them new ones!  Plus Gymboree collected a ton of Mondo Bloxx that Safe Haven can use as educational tools (and toys!) with their children.  We also heard from our friends at the local non-profit Book’em that they filled up two boxes with 240 children’s books, ranging from books that Safe Haven can give to families with infants all the way up to teenagers.

TThe Nashville Mom's Birthday Bash brought in 442 donations for our Movers for Moms collection in Nashville!hen The Nashville Mom helped us collect donations at her blog’s 2nd annual Birthday Bash!
Last Saturday, The Nashville Mom hosted her second anniversary event for her blog, and invited us to collect donations for Safe Haven at our very own Movers for Moms tent.  Her amazing readers didn’t disappoint, and helped us collect 442 donations of baby products, toiletries, and paper products for these deserving mommas.  We also celebrated with a fun Movers for Moms Coloring Station and (Temporary) Tattoo Station for the kiddos!

So what’s the grand total of donations we’ve received so far?  Drumroll please…  We’ve collected 1,497 critical Mother’s Day gifts!  We’re over halfway to reaching our goal!  Here’s how you can help:

Option A:  Visit one of our 25+ collection sites sprawled across Greater Nashville.  Bring your donation along with you while you shop, work out, and get your hair done with small, local businesses!

Option B:  Come to one of our upcoming Movers for Moms events!  You can take yoga classes, network with local professionals, and win jewelry all while supporting these moms in need.

Option C:  Help us spread awareness on your social media!  You can download infographics talking about the campaign and upcoming Movers for Moms events from http://bit.ly/MoversforMoms.

Thank you for your support!  Check back with us after Mother’s Day to find out whether we reached our goal!