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10 Crafty Valentine Box Ideas for Kids

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I bet your little one is excited about exchanging those Valentine’s to all their friends and classmates!

Not only does your child want to have the coolest Valentine’s cards in class, but surely they want the very best Valentine’s Day mailbox, too!

Gathering Materials

Opportunities are limitless when it comes to Valentine box ideas; it all boils down to how much time and money you are willing to put into this project. Many of the materials listed below may already be in your home!

  • The main body of the box: Cereal boxes, tissue boxes, canisters, food storage containers, lunch box, plastic jug, shoe box.
  • Paper: Construction paper, tissue paper, newspaper, scrapbook paper.
  • Hand detail: Paint, markers, pencils, pens, crayons.
  • Odds and ends: Pipe cleaners, googly eyes, buttons, foam shapes, beads, glitter, ribbon, lace, paper towel or toilet paper tubes, bottle caps.
  • Tools: Scissors, glue, glue gun, hole puncher, tape.

If you have a lot of the materials listed above than it’s likely that you have just what you need to make a really cute box! Now it’s time to decide what to make so you can determine if you need additional supplies.

Box Ideas for Boys

  1. Silly monster: Tissue box, construction paper, foam balls, markers or paint, scissors, glue.
  2. Robot: assorted boxes, foil, pipe cleaners, construction paper, paint, scissors, tape.
  3. Locker: Saltine cracker box, paint or markers, stickers, scissors, glue.
  4. Spongebob: Cereal box, construction paper, paint, white foam balls, scissors, glue, glue gun.
  5. Minion: Oatmeal can, construction paper, paint, white foam balls, pipe cleaners, scissors, glue, glue gun.

Box Ideas for Girls

  1. Mailbox: Mini mailbox from a dollar store, construction paper, foam shapes, ribbon, paint, markers, buttons, scissors, tape, glue. You can really use anything to decorate these!
  2. Cat: Tissue box, construction paper, pipe cleaners, scissors, tape, glue.
  3. Cupcake: Empty butter tub, foam ball (slightly wider than butter tub, cut in half, glued to butter lid), paint, tissue paper, construction paper, scissors, tape, glue, glue gun.
  4. Adorable piggy: Round plastic jug(tipped over, cap is the nose), paint, white foam balls, markers, foam shapes(hearts), googly eyes, ribbon, pipe cleaners, scissors, glue gun.
  5. Princess castle: Boxes and cylinders(various sizes), construction paper, paint, markers, straws, ribbon, scissors, tape, glue, glue gun.

Make it Yourself!

As you can see, there are lots of cool Valentine box ideas out there that you can make yourself. Besides having a completely unique Valentine box design, there are many other reasons why it’s better to make one as opposed to purchasing one as well.

  • Bonding time: Creating anything together, especially during arts and crafts, provides a perfect opportunity to bond with your child, catch up with their seemingly busy lives, and just spend some quality time with them. Make a day of it!
  • It’s cheaper: It can get pricey but with the option of being able to use anything from around the house, it can end up being completely free! Free is good, right?
  • It teaches: You can make this a very educational project, or you can simply allow your child to explore their creative side and exercise their brains. Either way, they are learning lots!
  • Bragging rights: “I made it!” Need we say more?
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So if you decide to make a Valentine box with your child, know that the benefits are many!

More Fun Tips

  • Throw a Valentine’s box-making party with a few of your child’s friends. Have each child bring some supplies, make some good snacks and maybe even some milkshakes while everyone is constructing their boxes! (And maybe a little wine for the mothers who decide to stay!)
  • Childhood crush? While you have all the arts and crafts supplies out, why not help your child make something a little special for their crush!
  • Make a day of it by taking your child with you to get any needed supplies and maybe grab some lunch to curb that appetite before you begin the project!

This is supposed to be a fun project to work on with you child, so be sure to let them explore their creative side to give them more reason to be proud of their work. They will wind up with a really cool box, and best-of-all, they will have the memories!


Nicole K on February 14, 2019:

Cute idea! There are Valentine's Day mailboxes like this that are pre-made at the Dollar Tree, so I was thinking it would also be fun to fill one of those with little treats and treasures! Making it yourself is even better, though!

Layniamicha on January 31, 2019:

This Mailbox made my day!

Antoinette Sampson from New York on January 17, 2014:

Wonderful ideas! My children and I love doing crafts together, these give us a chance to do something other than just the everyday hearts. Thank you so much for writing this hub.

Mackenzie Sage Wright on January 08, 2014:

Very cute! These are awesome ideas! Especially the monster box for boys-- it's always so hard to think of things that will appeal to boys for Valentine's Day, so that's really great! I'm going to have to try that with my co-op classes. Nice hub, good work. Voted up.

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