Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays – not for any of the reasons you may think – but because there are a lot of great creative activities to do with my kids related to this mushy gushy holiday.
So far this month we have tackled homemade school valentine’s, and these adorable Valentine’s Mailboxes. As I have mentioned before, while I may be creative, I am not exactly *skilled* at crafting – BUT – this one proved rather easy for this craft-challenged mom.
Old cereal, cracker, pasta boxes (cut the top flaps off)
Tape or glue
Wrapping paper or construction paper (I used some clearance wrapping paper I had in my collection and leftover red wrapping paper from Christmas)
Stickers and anything else you’d like to embellish the boxes with
How to Make a Valentine’s Mailbox
Gather your empty cereal boxes, cracker boxes, pasta boxes – whatever nice sturdy box you find in the kitchen or pantry that’s headed for the recycling bin. I tackled this project while my older two girls were at school and I just had my 4-year-old twins at home, so I did the main cutting jobs myself.
Start by removing the top flaps of all your boxes.
Then, cut the wrapping paper large enough to wrap around and tuck into the box – similar to if you were wrapping a present. You could do this a few different ways, but I found it looks best if you tuck the paper in at the top of the box – cut the paper at the corners to make it easier to fold.
Once you have finished wrapping the box you can hand it over to the kids to decorate! We love these sparkly glitter pieces and “gems” and I seem to have a never ending supply – but stickers, markers, pipe cleaners etc. would work – just let them have fun with it.
Since we have finished these my kids like to deliver Valentine’s to each other every day as a warm-up to the real Valentine’s Day. And I have started leaving them notes in their mailboxes while they are sleeping for a fun morning surprise (especially helpful when they aren’t thrilled to get up early for school).
Have fun and enjoy!