Valentine’s Day isn’t just about picking out swoon-worthy gifts for your significant other (and Galentine!), planning a great date night, or watching a beloved rom-com. One of the best parts of Cupid’s holiday is making sure your kids feel the love, too. For the littlest set, February 14 is all about the fun that usually happens at school—complete with festive parties, adorable decorations, boxes of chocolate, cute nail art, and, of course, slipping homemade cards in all of their classmates’ Valentine’s Day boxes.
While there are plenty of Valentine’s Day boxes available to buy—and often in the forms of things like unicorns and mermaids, LEGOS and alligators—but, if you have the time, we recommend crafting your own creative cardholder for all that sweet snail mail from school. Not only does creating and decorating a DIY Valentine’s Day box make for fun family activity, but it’ll also serve as a keepsake they’ll cherish long after holiday. Not to mention that all you need to make a Valentine’s Day box is a shoebox (cereal or tissue boxes will work, too), colorful construction paper or wrapping paper, and some decorations.
Got your glue gun ready? Ahead, we’ve gathered super-creative ideas and the most delightful Valentine’s Day box designs—including a tasty taco, a purr-fect cat, and a charming hot air balloon—all of which kindergarteners, tykes, and even tweens, are guaranteed to love. (Oh, and there are even a few store-bought options if a DIY project just isn’t in the, well, cards this year.)
All you need to make one of the most popular (and cutest) characters ever created is a wide shipping tube (an empty coffee can will work, too), some paint, and some pieces of yellow cardstock.
A little creativity with white tissue paper and card stock turn a hat box into the purr-fect Valentine’s Day mailbox.
Dinosaur and Unicorn Mailbox Kit
Have two kiddos in the house? Or a little one whose likes and dislikes literally change day to day? Either way, you’ll be covered, thanks to this delightful set, which includes both a unicorn and a dinosaur.
Another Cricut craft that can easily be recreated with some cardboard and colorful paper—or even popsicle sticks and paint.
Valentines Day Mailbox and Cards
Cue the heart eyes: Not only does this all-in-one kit include a Valentine’s Day box decorated with all sorts of emojis (and a sheet of stickers so your little one can add their own touch), but it also comes with matching cards for their classmates and teacher, each containing a sweet message.
It’s easy to transform an empty Pringles can into a unique mailbox for Valentine’s Day cards. All you need is colored card stock, paper straws, and twine.
Future Dr. Doolittles and zoologists will go wild over this lovable Valentine’s Day box, which is made almost entirely from supplies you probably already have at home, including a cardboard box, tacky glue, white butcher paper (tissue paper works, too), and sparkly black cardstock.