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January 15, 2019

Do you have any cardboard boxes laying around? They'll be perfect for a Valentine's Day mailbox project.

This is a little cute mailbox for your home as decor (have your kids/family participate in sending little notes/drawings for your family throughout the month of February) or, great idea to start saving a box if your child's school requires a homemade Valentine's Day mailbox to be made for school.

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 1 mail box


  • cardboard box
  • poly mailer
  • scrapbook paper
  • brad pins
  • scissors
  • X-acto Knife
  • gluestick
  • pen


  1. I used a coconut water cardboard box, or you can use any rectangular box like a shoe box. Since my cardboard box is tall, I marked all around to cut out with an X-acto knife for the base of my mailbox.
  2. I wrapped my box with a poly mailer and attached with a glue stick because I liked the poly mailer pattern. You can use fabric, paper, paint, duct tape, etc. to cover the cardboard box.
  3. I used a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper and measured out the length of the box and cut to fit. This paper will be for the roof of the mailbox.
  4. Optional: Decorate or use any remaining pieces to line the inside of your box.
  5. Draw a mailbox flag on another piece of paper and cut out.
  6. Use a push pin - poke a hole in the mailbox flag and poke another hole where you want your mailbox flag to go on your mailbox.
  7. Place brad pin into the hole and secure onto your mailbox.
  8. For finishing touches - use a paper scrap and cut out a rectangle. Poke two holes in it and add brads to secure onto the front of the mailbox. You can put your child's name or in this case will put our family last name.
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February 29, 2008

This is a Valentine's mailbox that I made for my neighbor girl. They had a contest at school and she won second place with it.

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February 13, 20050 found this helpful

Instead of using the standard shoe box for your kids' Valentine's mailbox, decorate an empty cereal box instead. It fits better in their backpacks.

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January 26, 2010

I was wondering if anyone had any great creative Valentine box ideas? Pictures are great too to see the box. Thanks.

By Anne from Kansas City, MO


February 6, 20100 found this helpful
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We created a different type of love bug using a hinged shoe box and a paint stick for a handle.


1 of 2 pics

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Pic 2 - open mouth

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Other hinged shoebox version

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and open

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We bought a styrofoam bait bucket from the sporting goods department at a local Wal-Mart and painted the top brown and the bottom orange (like a terra cotta pot). We made tissue paper flowers and inserted them in the top with pipe cleaner. We cut a slit in the lid. Viola, a flower pot.

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We used a postal service Priority box to make a Zune MP3 player. We attached a piece of yarn with marshmallows on the end for headphones.

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You can do anything with crumpled newspaper and masking tape. My second grader wanted an alligator, after watching his brother a few years earlier make a shark.


If they can draw they can sculpt and it is fun to see what they come up with.

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful

I'm looking for ideas for creative Valentine's Day shoe box designs for children's Valentine cards. I have a variety of fabrics and trim; ribbon etc., and I am looking for inspirations!




Valentine's Shoe Box Designs

One year in grade school, I had a Valentine's box decorated as a radio. The tuner was the slot. (02/06/2005)

By Camilla North

Valentine's Shoe Box Designs

Last year when my daughter was in 2nd grade we made a washing machine. We just made it out of a box and wrapped it in construction paper. We used candy hearts for the buttons. We even had one of her baby socks hanging out of the lid. She won for most creative. (02/11/2005)

By jb

Valentine's Shoe Box Designs

Use the box and make it look like a love bug by giving it heart shaped eyes and nose, heart shaped antennas and feet. Or you could turn it into a dog using hearts for the ears, eyes, nose, feet and tail. (02/02/2006)

By Tammy Crawford

Valentine's Shoe Box Designs

Use the box as a field of flowers. Cut up tissue paper into little squares. Put glue all over the top of the box. Take a pencil's eraser and stick the tissue paper on it while you are squeezing the tissue paper. Then, one by one, stick them on to make a design. (02/09/2007)


By unknown

Valentine's Shoe Box Designs

Thanks, the help was great. When my son was in second grade, we made a log cabin out of cardboard and peeled it off. We also painted it brown. (02/10/2007)

By Babs

Valentine's Shoe Box Designs

My sister made a dragon. (02/10/2007)

By sully

Valentine's Shoe Box Designs

I made a box and covered it in tin foil. (02/12/2007)

By Little one

Valentine's Shoe Box Designs

My sister once made a cardboard box with beach-like theme. She used crushed graham crackers for the sand. You could have dolls running on the beach. (02/14/2008)

By Kristen

Valentine's Shoe Box Designs

Last year my son and I made a snowman valentine's box. We got three different size boxes and covered them in white paper, put a scarf around the neck, a tall black hat made of foam, buttons for features, a carrot for a nose etc. The valentine's were put in the top of the hat. The kids all loved it! (01/28/2009)


By krista

Valentine's Shoe Box Designs

I'm going to do a chocolate themed box, so it will look like a Hershey's bar and have chocolates glued on. (02/07/2009)

By Elise

Valentine's Shoe Box Designs

I made a cake one year. We went to hobby lobby, got 3 circle boxes, one big one medium, and one small. We cut holes in the med. and big ones and a slit in the top, and then stuck hearts all over it and then took a red boa and put it around the lids of each tier. I won most creative. (01/20/2010)

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