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One of my favorite parts about the school Valentine’s Day party growing up was making the Valentines box. I loved mail, even then. And making a special place to keep classroom Valentines was really important.
I was so excited the day our teacher sent home the request to bring a wrapped shoebox into school. Luckily, my mom liked shopping for shoes. So, we had a lot of those around.
For the next step, parents had to cut an opening into the lid. This probably prevented a lot of accidents.
Then, we had to wrap the shoebox in some sort of paper. Wrapping paper worked best. But my favorite was Kraft brown paper (affiliate). It provided a blank canvas for decorating the box. And I loved the natural feel it gave my decorating. Even at age eight.
After the shoebox was wrapped, we had to write our names on the front. It was fun designing bubble letter or ones with curly cues.
Once everyone knew who the Valentines were for, it was time to transform the it into a Valentines box. We decorated the outside of the box with lots of Valentine crafting goodies. Heart stickers. Heart shaped doilies. Sequins and pom poms. Sometimes even glitter. Oh, the crafting fun that was had.
Must Haves to Make a Valentines Box
Although there are a couple Valentines box designs that I share below that you can simply cover with construction paper, there are two crafting items that you should have on hand to make a Valentines box.
The first is a sturdy box. Shoebox. Small shipping box (time to reuse those Amazon boxes). Even a cereal box. But a Valentines box that holds up to a day of Valentine card deliveries definitely needs a well constructed box to receive them in.
The other thing that you need before starting any Valentines box design is solid color wrapping paper. This will give you a good base to build your design on.
Since you’re making a box for Valentine’s Day, think about Valentine themed colors – white, pink, red or even purple(affiliates). Another idea is to use a traditional Kraft brown paper(affiliate).
Pro Tip – If you have trouble finding solid colored wrapping paper, you could also try to flip over a regular wrapping paper and use the white side. Although some of the back side designs might shine through, this is a great solution if time is limited. Or you don’t want to run to the store for another thing.
Want to upgrade from wrapping paper? Try wrapping your box in fabric instead. You could choose a fun pattern – like this tie dye fabric(affiliate) – and decorate from there.
With my kids continued love of Harry Potter, there's no doubt that this Harry Potter Valentine Box will be on the list as one to make this year. And it uses only construction paper to make the design. So, no crazy craft supplies needed.
Roar! This Valentine's Day box is perfect for any dinosaur lovers. Start with a wrapped shoebox and build the design using the printable pieces. An easy way to make a creative Valentine box idea. (affiliate)
Looking for a classic Valentiine box that you can use year after year? I love this personalized mailbox for kids. Made out of felt, it has a durable design that can be used each year. And it can be customized with your child's name so there won't be any confusion during Valentine delivery. (affiliate)
Prefer making your own DIY Football Field Valentine Box? Check out this version from Creations by Kara. It's sure to have your favorite Valentines cheering from the side lines. The best part is that you kids will love painting the fans in the stadium and the free printable football field makes completing your box a cinch.
So, this Cat Valentine Bag is the coolest cat around. You can even change up it's sunglasses to make a more unique look. Using a bag might be easier than a box too. No cutting or covering with wrapping paper. (affiliate)
This Valentine's Day box design from Creations by Kara would be another winner in our house. It's super simple to make too with paper cups as the brick studs. Don't like red? You could also spray paint it another color.
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