recycled cereal box valentine box

January 23, 2012

recycle valentine box
I'm quite fond of valentines boxes. Last year, I found an old mailbox that I spray painted pink and hung in Juliet's room. It is still there and working fine, but I couldn't resist making some more this year. After all, Lucia needed one, so we HAD to. :)

My favorite thing to make them out of is empty cardboard food boxes. I wanted to make mailbox-inspired boxes to hang on the girls' doors, so one morning, Juliet and I got to work.
recycled cracker box
Raid your recycle box and decide how you want the opening to look. I went with straight across for Lucia's.
recycled cereal box valentine
Juliet went with a triangle opening--which ended up being easier to decorate.
recycled cereal box valentine
You can see the top edges were straighter.
cereal box valentine box
We just used scrapbook paper and mod podge to decorate our boxes, but you could use anything: wrapping paper, paint, contact paper (we did that a few years ago and it turned out beautifully--see it here.) ribbon, stickers, etc...the sky is the limit.
DIY valentine box for kids
She even took the extra step and lined the inside of hers.
homemade valentine box for kids
After it dried, I hot glued some ribbon to the top and hung it from her door. It is ready and waiting to be filled with Valentines!
cereal box valentine box
Lucia's too! They kind of look like purses to me--maybe they can keep using them after Feb. 14.

Need some ideas for what to put inside your kids' boxes? Here's a list to get you started. Here are some book inspired valentines I made a few years ago.

Need a good box-decorating story?

Queen of Hearts by Mary Engelbreit
She spends so much time making the perfect box that she forgets to make Valentines for her friends! In the end, she takes the box apart and gives the embellishments as valentines. 

linking to Made by You Monday and Making Monday Marvelous, and Show and Tell.

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