3 Crafty Valentines boxes to make with your kids

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Valentine’s Day is the day of love, gifts and romantic letters. What better place to drop all these into than a crafty Valentine’s Day box! Every year children get to make a fun box for friends, crushes and Valentines-to-be. 

Shyloh Belnap stopped by the studio to show you how to make 3 fun crafty boxes with your children so that they have they cutest box around! 

Gumbball Machine

Items Needed:

  • Pom Poms or real gumbballs. She used pom poms because they were light and easier for them to take to school
  • Red Paint
  • Oats Canister
  • Plastic Fish Bowl
  • Terra Cotta Saucer
  • 2 Large Wing Nuts
  • 1 Washer
  • Aluminum Foil

For the base:

  • You can either paint the oatmeal canister red, or use paper to cover it. 
  • Cut a slit for the cards
  • Cut some tin foil as shown then glue a washer and a wing nut to the front.

For the top:

  • Paint the terra cotta saucer red.
  • Glue a wing nut to the lid. 


  1. Glue the plastic fish bowl to the top of the canister. 
  2. Fill with gum balls or pom poms 
  3. Glue the top to the fishbowl if it is filled with pom poms. If it is gum balls, I would fill it at school and then place the lid on top!

Sock Monkey
Items Needed:

  • Oats canister
  • Kraft Paper
  • Beige Card Stock
  • Googly Eyes
  • Red Card Stock
  • Red Yarn

For the body:

  • Cut a hole in the body of the canister.
  • Cover the canister with Kraft colored paper. 
  • Cut a circle out of the beige paper for the mouth.
  • Cut a red mouth and glue to the beige circle.
  • Glue on the googly eyes and use a black marker for the eyebrows and nostrils.

For the ears:

  • Cut 2 circles out of cream colored paper and 2 slightly smaller circles from the Kraft colored paper, glue the Kraft paper to the cream paper. Fold the edges of the circles and glue to the canister.
  • Glue some red yarn to the top for the hair.

Elephant Box
Items Needed:

  • Square Box
  • Gray Card Stock
  • Pink Card Stock
  • Valentines Designer Card Stock
  • Blue Card Stock
  • Black Brad
  • Ribbon


  1. Cut a hole in the box for the cards. Or, you can use a k-cup box that already has a lid that opens!
  2. Cut out a trunk for the lid (template on her blog)
  3. Cover the rest of the box with gray card stock

For the cheeks: Cut a circle in half, use each side for the cheeks (template on her blog)

For the eyes:

  1. Cut 2 ovals out of white card stock
  2. Cut 2 blue ovals
  3. Glue the blue ovals to the white ovals and add a black brad for the “eyeball”
  4. Score along the bottom of the white oval. The eyes will stand up and then glue to the top of the trunk on the box, 

For the Ears: Cut 2 gray hearts

  1. Cut 2 slightly smaller hearts from the designer paper. 
  2. Glue the designer paper to the gray paper,
  3. Fold the hearts in half and glue them to the top of the box.
  4. Add a bow to the top to hid where the ears meet!

For more fun and crafty projects with Shyloh you can visit her blog: ShylohBelnap.com

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