Make-Your-Own Valentine Mailbox DIY



You've got mail! Valentine card boxes are a staple of classic Valentine’s Day parties. You’ll love our super-cute valentine box idea for elementary classrooms. 


Elementary children love creating these valentine card mailboxes and decorating them with their own personal style!

  • We start with an empty oatmeal canister for the mailbox base – it’s sturdy, the pop-off lid is handy, PLUS it can be recycled when you’re finished.
  • Invite students to bring empty oatmeal canisters and shoebox lids from home and any other stickers or special add-ons they wish. You’ll be surprised how many different ideas they’ll have!
  • For a more advanced design, make the mailbox door open and close. Cut across the lid about ¼ of the way into one side. Tape the lid back together and fold along the taped edge to make a hinge (you may need to help children create this cut - a light score works too). Cover in a border color that matches your theme. Place the lid back on the canister.
  • Create a handle from a scrap of trimmer or border paper and attach to the top portion of your mailbox door. Now it can now open and shut!
  • For an easier design, keep your canister lid on and cut a slit in the top of the mailbox for valentine cards to slide through. Design the lid to look like a shut mailbox, including a handle. Open the lid on the canister to access the cards after the party.
  • Lay your canister in the shoebox lid and and mark how much shows (you'll only need to decorate what shows). Make a rectangle from borders or trimmers if you don't have a shoebox lid. Adding this base gives your mailbox its iconic look and keeps your canister from rolling away! 
  • Let’s decorate! Whether your motto is “less is more” or “more is marvelous,” there are lots of ways to make your valentine box a hit!
    • We love the shimmering, irresistible finish of Sparkle Terrific Trimmers® so we chose Red Sparkle as the main color in our Valentine’s Day box theme, but any valentine-themed color is great!
    • Add Hearts Bolder Borders® strip to the sides of your mailbox.
    • Bring extra frills with hearts cut from scratch paper, accents, and heart-shaped stickers.
    • Glue or tape on any other decorations children might have brought from home.
  • Create a side signal flag using a craft stick and a brad fastener. Use a marker to color the craft stick to match your mailbox. Decorate the flag with stickers and heart-shaped cutouts.
  • Punch a hole in the end of the craft stick that's just large enough for a brad fastener to fit through. Punch a similar hole in the side of your mailbox. (Kids may need help with this step.)
  • Secure your signal flag to your mailbox using the brad fastener. Tighten the fastener on the inside of the canister.
  • Lay your mailbox in the lid or border/trimmer base and tape in place. Add additional borders around the outside to cover, if needed. 
  • Write your name on your mailbox with STICK-EZE® Stick-on Letter Stickers. 
Use this simple card box idea each year and swap out the theme colors, border trim designs, and stickers to make it fresh, fun, and new. What a joy it is to see all of the unique mailbox designs! 

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