10 Adorable DIY Valentine Box Ideas for Kids (or Kids at Heart)
The months following New Year’s Day can be bleak — in the Northern hemisphere, at least, they’re typically cold and majorly lacking in sunlight. But a few holidays pepper this long stretch of winter, and celebrating these with decor, activities, and gifts can help bring a little joy to the table. One such holiday? The day of love: Valentine’s Day! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, one way is with DIY Valentine boxes that hold sweet Valentine’s Day gifts, cards, and candy.
Valentine boxes are probably something you remember from your childhood, when you’d be tasked with bringing one in to hold notes from classmates. That tradition is still going strong, and the time for crafting those sweet mailboxes is nigh. No idea where to begin? Don’t panic! The internet is filled with clever and adorable ideas for creating DIY Valentine boxes. Here, the 10 very best ideas for DIY Valentine boxes that are just as cute as everything inside them.
1. Clifford-Themed Valentine Box
Your child’s favorite book characters can be a great source of inspiration for their Valentine boxes. For this box styled after Clifford — of Clifford the Big Red Dog fame — DIYer Dawn of cutefetti used foam sheets instead of construction paper to create a more flexible structure.
2. Printable Rhino Valentine Box
If you’re running short on time, try a printable kit. This Etsy shop offers printable DIY Valentine’s Day box kits that give you all the elements you need to personalize your box; you’ll just need to print, cut, and glue.
3. Printable Koala Valentine Box
Another printable option from Etsy seller Kudzu Monster? This adorable koala. Aside from a box, you’ll also need a paper towel roll for this DIY to use as a “tree” the koala can hold onto.
4. Cactus Valentine Box
All the plans for this adorable cactus box are available on The Celebration Shoppe for use with a Cricut machine. You’ll just need to download the plans, cut, and assemble.
5. Cake Valentine Box
There’s hardly anything more closely associated with Valentine’s Day than sweets, which makes this cake-shaped box a perfect fit for the holiday. Holly Wade of Club Crafted used tissue paper to create the look of frosting and sprinkles.
6. Shark Pinata Valentine Box
The base for this quirky shark Valentine box? A cereal box, which DIYer Tonya of Kids Activities covered in crepe paper streamers to create a pinata-like look.
7. Mermaid Valentine Box
This mermaid Valentine box might look complicated, but DIYers Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon (of Alice & Lois) have a clever hack to get those perfect scales: pre-cut paper circles! Pick a few different colors in your favorite palette and overlap them on your box to get the mermaid look.
8. Mini House Valentine Box
Give aspiring architects and designers a project that will get them excited: turning a plain box into a charming vintage-style house. Printable stickers from Brittany from The House That Lars Built make this DIY particularly approachable.
9. Pizza Valentine Box
Serve up love in style with this pizza-inspired Valentine box. Alison of Just Add Confetti asked her local pizza shop for two boxes and decorated the stack with the “pizza de résistance”: a custom printable she has available for download on her blog.
10. Dino Valentine Box
Use a store-bought toy to make an easy, but high-impact, Valentine box. Kristyn of Let’s DIY It All created this project by setting a standout T-rex on top of a circular box she outfitted with faux foliage.