Getting Valentine’s Day cards is oh, so much more fun for kiddos when they have a special mailbox in which to hold their love notes. And whether you’ve got a few minutes to cram or a few hours to spare DIY-ing with your little cupids, here are a few fun Valentine mailbox projects to try this year.
photo: Giggles Galore
Don’t have time to run to the craft store? This silly Valentine’s Monster is easy to make and uses items that you probably have in your house right now (Got a tissue box? An egg carton? Some pipe cleaners? You’re almost there!). Head over to Giggles Galore to get the scoop. And, be sure to scroll all the way down and you’ll see her other crazy-cute creation, a Pretty Little Piggy Valentine box made out of an empty bleach container.
photo: 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 want to send some Force-ful Valentine cards, check out her free Star Wars Valentine printables.
photo: 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. Go to Punkin Patterns to find out more.
photo: 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.
photo: 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.
photo: 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.
photo: Ansley Designs
Got a Pokemon fanatic? He’ll be catching some serious Poke-looks with this homemade Charizard Valentine box. A shoebox, colored construction paper, and a little bit of artistic finesse are all you’ll need to create the famous Pokemon dragon. Ansley from Ansley Designs walks you through the project here.
photo: Make And Takes
Sometimes, the best Valentine 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 at Make and Takes.
photo: 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. Get the surprisingly simple instructions here.
Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day traditions? Share them with us in the comments section below!