Making Valentine’s Day boxes brings back a lot of great memories. I remember how exciting Valentine’s Day was when I was growing up. For many days after, I would read back through all those sweet, silly valentines I received. I would dump my valentines box out on my bed and look at them again and again.
As important as those valentines are, it’s critical to have a box to put them in, right? And making the box with your child can turn into a really fun Valentine’s Day project. Depending on how advanced you want your box to be, you may want to budget your time out in these days leading up to February 14th! After all, you don’t want to be scrambling around at the last minute. Don’t worry, though–you can have a great looking Valentine’s Day box for your child pretty easily.
TIP #1: Be sure that as you look at the ideas I’ve gathered, you ask your child for input. After all, what looks really cool to you, may not be so cool to them!
Tips for Homemade Valentine’s Day Boxes
Before you even start thinking about getting too elaborate with some of these homemade Valentine’s Day boxes, remember that you can do a really simple one by just using a shoebox. Cut a slit in the top of it, and then allow your child to decorate it however he/she would like to. There are lots of cheap ways to wrap your box:
- Red tissue paper
- The Sunday comics
- The sports page
- Sparkly wrapping paper
- Old sheet music
- A favorite team shirt your child has outgrown
Tip #2: Wrap the shoebox in plain white contact paper so your child can start with a clean slate for decorating. It’s sturdy and will provide a good base for anything you want to add to it.
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There are lots of fun add-ons besides just stickers that you can use to decorate your box. Try any of these:
- Buttons – Use a hot glue gun to affix buttons of all different colors, sizes, and shapes to your Valentine’s box.
- Cars – Make a race track on the top of your box and glue a few race cars on it.
- Layer fabric – Create a more sophisticated look by layering a sheer fabric over a darker one, or layering with lace.
- Plastic flowers – Use a few or create a floral fantasy!
Tip #3: Be sure your child’s box is an expression of who they are and the things they like. Let them go with their favorite colors and designs, and help them find a way to express themselves personally.
Look around your home for boxes that could make a good Valentine’s Day mailbox. Think creatively! You can use:
- Large oatmeal boxes – The cylinder shapes can be used in lots of different ways. Cut a slit for valentines in the top or on the side.
- Cereal boxes – Look at that rectangular shape and what do you see? You could make it a book, a backpack, a suitcase… Check back tomorrow when I’ll be sharing some great ideas for morphing a cereal box into a spectacular Valentine’s Day box!
- Laundry detergent box – You’ve got to love the way the lid already has the perfect “hinge” on it.
Tip #4: Look around your house for boxes of different shapes and sizes. Call on your imagination to see the possibilities!
What about actually using an old mailbox? Or a basket? Or big floppy hat turned upside down? Many schools and school groups turn the Valentine’s Day boxes into a creative competition–so get your game face on and have some fun!
Find more homemade ideas for Valentine’s Day HERE.