Making your own Valentine box to collect your Valentines at school is a fun and easy Valentine craft for kids of all ages! Today we have two different homemade Valentine box ideas that upcycle household items and use basic craft supplies. Follow the simple step by step instructions to make your own customized Valentine box or use these as inspiration to create your own Valentine mailbox design!

DIY Valentines Day Boxes for School - Valentine Mail boxes you can make at home or in the classroom to collect Valentines
Choose which Valentine box you will make…I think I am making the school bus!

Kids Valentine Box Ideas

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. This tutorial is so easy, all kiddos can make a box to receive all of their Valentine’s day gift.

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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. I love the we can upcycle stuff to make a DIY Valentine’s box.

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How to Make a School Bus Valentine Box

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…

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Let’s make a school bus for our Valentines!

Supplies Needed for Valentine School Bus Mail Box

Steps for Making Milk Carton Valentine Mailbox

Step 1

Step 1 - How to make a Valentine box that looks like a school bus - cover the milk carton with wrapping paper for school bus valentines day box
The first step is to completely cover milk carton with yellow paper…

For this, the first step is to wrap the milk carton with yellow wrapping paper.

Step 2

Use a glue stick to hold the wrapping paper in place.

Step 3

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. 

Step 4

Steps 4-6 - How to make a Valentine box that looks like a school bus - add details for the school bus mail box using black marker
Step 2 is to add the school bus details to the milk carton…

Use a black marker to add details like windows, doors, windshield and also if you want to add any writings for the school bus.

Step 5

Use a red and grey marker to add lights at the front and back. 

Step 6

Paint the milk carton caps with black paint.

Step 7

Step 7 - How to make a Valentine box that looks like a school bus - add wheels to the milk carton to make it look like school bus with wheels for valentines day
The wheels on the bus go round and round…well, maybe not!

Allow the newly painted caps to dry and add them as wheels to the milk carton using hot glue. 

Step 8

To add a fun element, cut a piece of red card stock in an octagon shape and use a white marker to write “Stop” and add a border.

Steps 8 & 9 - How to make a Valentine box that looks like a school bus - add a stop sign for cut touch on school bus valentine day box
You now have a working & movable bus stop sign!

Step 9

I wrote “Stop & drop” as it is rhyming – kind of stop & drop your valentine’s card ;).

Step 10

Make the “L” shape out of pipe cleaner, use tape to glue the stop sign on the base of the “L” shape.

Step 11

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 so the sign looks like a stop sign on a school bus.

Step 12

Decorate the school bus as desire with heart stickers to add more valentine’s day vibe.

Steps 12 & 13 - How to make a Valentine box that looks like a school bus - Make a slit at the top to make it a mailbox for school
Last step is to add a slot in the top of the bus to collect the Valentines!

Step 13

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!

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Now we are ready for some Valentines in our School Bus mailbox!

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.

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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 for making a valentine's day box for school out of a cereal box
Let’s make a Valentine mailbox out of a cereal box!

Supplies Needed to Make Valentine Suitcase Box for Valentines

Steps for Making Suitcase Valentine box for School Valentines

Step 1

Step 1 - How to make a Valentine box that looks like a suitcase - wrap the cereal box like a present for valentines day box ideas
Step one is to cover the cereal box with paper…

Tape the open side of the cereal box and wrap it with the wrapping paper as you would wrap a present.

Step 2

Make sure the area you use tape is at the bottom. 

Step 3

Step 3 - How to make a Valentine box that looks like a suitcaseadd slots to make valentine's day mailbox for school
The next step is to add a mailbox slot in the suitcase top.

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!

Step 4

Step 4 - How to make a Valentine box that looks like a suitcase - add handles for valentine's day suitcase mailbox for school
Let’s add ribbon as suitcase handles on the Valentine mailbox!

Use ribbon to add handle to make it look like a suitcase.

Step 5 

Use glue stick and tape to make it secure and stay in place. 

Step 6

Step 6 - How to make a Valentine box that looks like a suitcase - simple valentines day box ideas for school using cereal box
Decorate your Valentine suitcase with all sorts of Valentine-y things!

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.

cool valentine boxes for school using things at home
What a cute Valentine suitcase mailbox idea!

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…

Best Valentines Box Ideas Variations

If you don’t have a milk carton or empty cereal box, you can also use shoe boxes, tissue boxes, a Kleenex box, or small cardboard boxes. These will all work for Valentine’s day box ideas.

  • Don’t have construction paper? Use tissue paper! 
  • You could also make your bus super silly by adding googly eyes as well. Make it your own. This is a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s day, there is no wrong way to do it.
  • Either way, these Valentines boxes are great for last minute Valentine’s parties.

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Grab your stickers to decorate your Valentine’s day box.

You don’t have to buy a ton of things at the craft store to make these fun Valentine’s day boxes. And the best part is you could decorate these Valentine’s boxes anyway you want using stickers like:

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How simple are these Valentine mailbox ideas to make at home?

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  1. Homemade valentine boxes are sooooooo fun! These Valentine boxes will turn out a little different for every child, but that is a good thing.

  2. we are trying to make this school bus for my daughter but it is very difficult to wrap the milk carton. Especially the top part. Are you able to show step by step how you wrapped it?

    1. Hi! I’m sorry, we don’t have pictures aside from what is already on the blog post. You cna use yelow tape to help secure the top, and hide any of the tricky spots, though!