DIY Valentines Box Ideas for Kids: Upcycled and Easy-to-Make Ideas

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As we dive into the New Year swiftly removing any signs of Christmas, store shelves are noticeably lined with heart-shaped candies and accessories. It is clear that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

A tradition that has stood the test of time during this season is the exchange of Valentine’s Day cards in schools. The excitement of sending and receiving Valentine cards is made even more special with the use of Valentines boxes. These adorable, often themed, Valentine’s Day boxes add an extra layer of fun and creativity to a class party or even an exchange with clubs, friends and family, or other groups.

Today, we’re going to focus specifically on DIY Valentine boxes. But we’re not just talking about any DIY ideas; we’re emphasizing upcycling materials in these creative Valentines box ideas for kids. Not only will these creative ideas let the kids’ imaginations run wild, but it will also instill in them a sense of sustainability and the value of reusing and repurposing.

So, let’s check out some cool Valentine box creations with step by step instructions. Enjoy!

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Upcycled Valentines Day Box Ideas for Kids

Sparkly Tissue Card Box

This easy project only requires an empty tissue box, colorful wrapping paper, and glue, and can be personalized in so many different ways.


  • Kleenex box
  • Colorful wrapping paper or tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Confetti
  • Scissors or box cutter


  1. Wrap the box neatly with the paper and cut out a hole in the top of the box.
  2. Add a touch of sparkle by sticking some confetti on the top edges.

Milk Carton Love Boat

For this cute Valentine mailbox, you’ll need some basic supplies that you can find at any craft store as well as an empty milk carton.


  • Empty milk carton
  • Blue and red paint (or any colors of your choice)
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue stick
  • Pink construction paper
  • Scissors or box cutter


  1. Paint the milk carton red and let it dry.
  2. Then, cut a small rectangular slot on one side of the carton.
  3. Use the blue paint to draw waves at the bottom of the carton.
  4. Cut out small hearts from the pink paper and stick them all over the carton.

Voila, your Love Boat is ready to sail!

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Cereal Box Valentine Holder

Why throw away an empty cereal box when it can be turned into a super cute Valentine’s Day! box?


  • Empty cereal box
  • White, red, and pink paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Cut a slot on the front of the box large enough for Valentine’s cards.
  2. Paint the entire box white and allow it to dry.
  3. Once dry, add some painted hearts or any other Valentine’s-themed design.

Let the paint dry, and just like that, you have the perfect Valentine box!

Monster Valentine Box

Turn an ordinary tissue box into a fun Valentine’s monster that “eats” love notes. Here’s how to make this cute idea happen.


  • Empty tissue box
  • Colored paper (preferably red or pink, but any colors will work)
  • White paper
  • Black marker
  • Scissors or box cutter
  • Glue


  1. Cover the tissue box with colored paper.
  2. Cut out two circles from the white paper for the eyes, draw the pupils with the black marker, and then glue them on the box.
  3. The tissue box opening will serve as the monster’s mouth.

Milk Carton Valentine’s Castle

Make a Valentine’s castle fit for a prince or princess using an old milk carton and a few simple craft supplies.


  • Empty milk carton
  • Colorful construction paper or tissue paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Cut a slot on one side of the milk carton for the cards.
  2. Cover the milk carton with paper.
  3. Decorate the castle using craft paint. Add windows, doors, and heart-shaped decorations.
  4. Once the paint is dry, your Valentine’s castle is ready to receive cards!

Additional Tips and Variations

Tips for Upcycling

Always keep an eye out for potential Valentine’s box materials. Cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, empty cans, or even shoe boxes can be transformed into kids’ Valentine boxes with a little inspiration and creativity.

Variations and Customization

These fun Valentine’s Day box ideas make great Valentine’s Day crafts and are the perfect opportunity for kids to express their creativity. Encourage them to add their personal touch to the designs. They can use stickers, glitter, ribbons, or their favorite colors. The possibilities are endless and the result is always a unique Valentine’s box that they can proudly display.

Wrapping Up

These upcycled Valentines box ideas for kids are a great way to blend creativity, sustainability, and the excitement of Valentine’s Day. They bring a unique touch to tradition and are a fun and engaging activity for Valentine’s Day parties.

We encourage you to try out these DIY ideas and we’d love to see your creations. Share them on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #majorleaguemommyDIY and don’t forget to tag us @majorleaguemommy. You can also share your beautiful creations on Twitter and Pinterest using the same hashtag and tagging us @majormomblog.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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