Remember the fun of receiving all those Valentines at school? You may have been in preschool or Kindergarten or 1st Grade…or higher. Sometimes the class would make a box to collect the Valentines together. Sometimes we brought homemade Valentine mailboxes from home.
Either way, we have two really fun DIY options to making a Valentine Box!
So don’t think twice when your child is asked to bring Valentine’s day boxes for school. Here are two simple DIY Valentine’s Day box ideas that you can make with things like a milk carton and empty cereal boxes you might already have at home.
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How to Make a School Bus Out of a Milk Carton
Our first Valentine mail box design that you can easily craft from things you already have is a School Bus! A school bus made out of a milk carton.
So head to your recycling bin and grab an empty milk carton along with a few other supplies…
Supplies Needed for Valentine School Bus Mail Box
- Milk carton
- Four milk carton caps
- Yellow wrapping paper (or any yellow paper or yellow construction paper)
- Glue stick & glue gun with sticks
- Black, Red & grey marker
- Black paint & paintbrush
- Stickers to decorate
- Craft knife & scissors
- A piece of red cardstock (optional)
- Red pipe cleaner(optional)
- White marker/pen (optional)
- An awl (optional)
Steps for Making Milk Carton Valentine Mailbox
The idea here is to make a school bus using a milk carton to hold your child’s valentine’s day cards.
For this, the first step is to wrap the milk carton with yellow wrapping paper.
Use a glue stick to hold the wrapping paper in place.
For the next edges on the top of the carton, use yellow tape to hide or use a strip of wrapping paper and a glue stick to hide the edges.
Use a black marker to add details like windows, doors, windshield and also if you want to add any writings for the school bus.
Use a red and grey marker to add lights at the front and back.
Paint the milk carton caps with black paint.
Allow the newly painted caps to dry and add them as wheels to the milk carton using hot glue.
This step is totally optional. To add a fun element, cut a piece of red cardstock in an octagon shape and use a white marker to write “Stop” and add a border.
I wrote “Stop & drop” as it is rhyming – kind of stop & drop your valentine’s card ;).
Make the “L” shape out of pipe cleaner, use tape to glue the stop sign on the base of the “L” shape.
Make a hole in the milk carton between the first and the second window and insert the pipe cleaner.
That’s it, now you can bend it to show like it is in the picture below or close it.
Decorate the school bus as desire with heart stickers to add more valentine’s day vibe.
Mark a slot at the top and cut it using a craft knife to complete the school bus Valentine’s day box.
Finished Valentine School Bus Mail Box Ready for Valentines!
I absolutely love how this turned out and think it would be super cute to try some different truck/bus alterations for other mail box ideas.
How to Make a Valentine Box Out of a Cereal Box
This next Valentine box idea looks more like a Valentine suitcase and instead of heading to your recycling bin for a milk carton, you will need to grab a cereal box!
Supplies Needed to Make Valentine Suitcase Box for Valentines
- Cereal box
- Red wrapping paper – you could choose a different color or use craft or construction paper
- Stickers to decorate
- Craft knife
- Glue stick
Steps for Making Suitcase Valentine’s Day Mailbox for School Valentines
We are creating a little Valentine suitcase to haul around all those Valentines your kids will receive at school!
Tape the open side of the cereal box and wrap it with the wrapping paper as you would wrap a present.
Make sure the area you use tape is at the bottom.
Mark and cut a slot at the top for the kids to drop their valentine’s day cards. Make it wide enough that something with candy attached could go through!
Use ribbon to add handle to make it look like a suitcase.
Use glue stick and tape to make it secure and stay in place.
Decorate the valentine’s day suitcase mailbox with stickers to complete the box.
Finished Valentine’s Day Suitcase Mailbox Ready for School Valentines
How cute did that turn out? I love the idea of making it look like a travel suitcase with stickers from around the world like stamps, etc.
And don’t forget your child will also need Valentines to give to classmates! Don’t worry, we have you covered with these quick and easy Valentines you can make and print at home…
Easy Homemade Valentines – Make & Give
- We have over 80 school Valentine ideas that don’t take much time, energy, money or craft skills!
- Check out these really easy DIY Valentines cards that work for kids from toddler to preschool age.
- We know that girls will love these too, but in a house full of boys I need Valentines for boys.
- These sweet & cute DIY Valentines are sure to please.
- Print off these Baby Shark Valentine cards!
- We have a big collection of the cutest bracelet Valentines!
- For more printable fun, check out our huge collection of Valentines Coloring Pages for both kids & adults.
- And all of Kids Activities Blog Valentines Day Ideas can be seen in one place!
How simple are these Valentine mailbox ideas to make at home?
Do try it and let us know what you think in the comments below…