How To Make Kids’ Valentine Boxes

Maria Provenzano shows how to make Valentine boxes inspired by the Hallmark Think.Make.Share. blog.
How To Make Kids Valentine Boxes - Home & Family


  • Acrylic Paint
  • Tissue Paper
  • Iridescent Cellophane Wrap
  • Glitter Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Cardboard Boxes (tissue boxes work great) and gift boxes
  • Cereal Boxes (for building structures)
  • Single face cardboard
  • Craft Paper
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Gluestick
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Random supplies around the house

Art projects can be easier to start if you limit your color palette. We used different shades of red, pink and purple, with a light, bright blue thrown in for fun. Oh—plus some shiny stuff.


We asked our artists to give us instructions and tips for their kids’ valentine box ideas. In a few cases, we’ve simplified things a little.

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  • A few of our artists were part of our piñata-making workshops and used those tips to make their valentine boxes. Start with a box big enough to hold lots of valentines and go from there. Our dino, camera and koala are built around basic cardboard boxes and gift boxes.

  • If your design doesn’t start with a square or rectangle, build your own box. Regular, rigid cardboard and paperboard (like cereal boxes) are perfect for flat surfaces. To go around curves, try single face cardboard—it’s available in rolls on

  • So the printing on your box won’t show through your design, cover it a coat of primer or cover your box in craft paper before you start painting.

  • By all means, add heart shapes wherever you can.

  • Our easiest valentine box idea was this cute koala. Zip over to for full instructions and the gift box and pom-poms bows we used.

  • And again we say: Why should kids have all the fun? Why not suggest a Valentine’s Day card exchange at work?

We’d love to see your kids’ valentine box ideas. Share a pic with us on Facebook or Instagram @think.make.share!

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