Break out the paints, pastels and pretty papers—because it’s time for a whole new round of Valentine’s box ideas. Your kiddo needs to prep for their school’s holiday party (they’re back!), and we’ve got ideas that include everything from a unicorn valentine box to heart-printed paper. So go ahead and break out the cardboard shoe boxes you’ve been saving all year, it’s time to get crafty. See our favorites below.

Wrapping Paper Unicorn

hello, Wonderful

With a printable template in hand and a roll of your kiddo’s fave patterned wrapping paper, you can create this adorable unicorn valentine box from hello, Wonderful!


Joys of Boys

Head to your local Dollar store, pick up a white swivel-top trash can and you're halfway to making this simple R2D2 Valentine Box. Joys of Boys Blogger (and mother of FOUR boys!) Kara Lewis has the instructions here. Bonus: If your Star Wars fanatic wants to send some Force-ful Valentine cards, check out her free Star Wars Valentine printables.

Unicorn Box

Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon via Alice & Lois

We are in love with the bright colors and adorable graphics in this whimsical unicorn Valentine's Day box created by Alice & Lois for Oriental Trading Co. The best part? All you need to do is supply the paper. 

Rubik's Cube

Peppermint Plum

Go retro and create this cute Rubik's cube box from Peppermint Plum!

Punkin Patterns

It's a little bit traditional, a little shabby chic—this Valentine Box from Punkin Patterns lets you put your own special stamp on your project by wrapping a carefully folded cereal box with whatever scrapbook paper fits your kiddo's personal style. 

Faux Flower Unicorn

A Girl and Her Glitter

Make magic with this faux flower-filled unicorn art activity. Get the full how-to steps from A Girl and Her Glitter here.

Plaid Online

Your Valentine will be ready to pack up and head out with this easy project that makes a suitcase-style Valentine box. What's more, the case is just a repurposed cereal box (with a whole lot of decorations on top). Kids will love collecting their loot and then whisking their box away by the handles when the end-of-the-day bell rings. Get the instructions at Plaid Online.

Printed Paper

Mini Monets and Mommies

Forget about the plain holiday wrapping paper everyone else uses. Your child can get creative crafting their print for a stand-out Valentine’s Day box. Celebrate the winter season and use snow-like cotton balls to paint print heart shapes onto red or pink paper. Wait for the paint to dry and wrap a reused shoebox.

Easy-to-Make Monster

One Creative Mommy

Let's be honest: Not all parents have it in them to pull off a Pinterest-worthy project every time their kids have a special occasion. For moms and dads who don't have a lot of time (or money) to prep their kids' projects, this Valentine box is uber-simple (with a free printable!) and totally adorable. Head to One Creative Mommy to get the instructions.

Feed Me Box

Small Fry

For kids who want to get noticed, this "Feed Me" Valentine box is sure to do the trick. Your little ones will love seeing their silly faces magnified for this mailbox craft that uses your kids' wide-open mouths as the letter slots. Find out more from the crafty Mamas at Small Fry Blog.

A Real Mailbox

Make and Takes

Sometimes, the best Valentine's mailbox is simply, just... a mailbox. This Little Pink Mailbox project may take a little bit of thrift-store scouring to score the perfect mini mailbox, but once you find it, all you need is a fresh coat of paint to make it Valentine-ready. Plus, this little beauty can be used all year long (because, really, any day is a good day for a love note!). Get some inspiration from Kami at Make and Takes.

Mail Box Box

Camp Clem

Your kids will love the real postal box look of this "You've Got Mail(box)" created by southern mama Gina Cleminson at Camp Clem. The faux USPS box may look complicated, but it's all made with a shoebox, some carefully cut slabs of cardboard, and a printed logo.

—Melissa Heckscher and Erica Loop

Featured image: iStock 


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