Kids’ Valentine Box ideas: Inspiration from Hallmark artists

Ever look at kids’ valentine box ideas and wonder why they get to have all the fun? SAME. So we rounded up some supplies, called in some Hallmark artists, and turned them loose to make mailboxes for sweet little Valentine’s Day cards. Try a dinosaur, camera, rainbow or koala with our free downloadable instructions and templates, or gather up the supplies and go your own way. (We’ve got a traditional mailbox design, too.)

Kids' valentine box ideas: Dinosaur, camera, roller skate, rainbow and koala made out of craft supplies |



Art projects can be easier to start if you limit your color palette. We used different shades of red, pink and purple, with a light, bright blue thrown in for fun. Oh—plus some shiny stuff.


We asked our artists to give us instructions and tips for their kids’ valentine box ideas. In a few cases, we’ve simplified things a little.

Valentine's Day mailbox: Red dinosaur with purple plates and pink stripes |

Tips for kids’ valentine box ideas

A few of our artists were part of our piñata-making workshops and used those tips to make their valentine boxes. Start with a box big enough to hold lots of valentines and go from there. Our dino, camera and koala are built around basic cardboard boxes and gift boxes.

Pink Roller Skate kids' valentine box with rainbow stripes and pom-poms|

If your design doesn’t start with a square or rectangle, build your own box. Regular, rigid cardboard and paperboard (like cereal boxes) are perfect for flat surfaces. To go around curves, try single face cardboard—it’s available in rolls on

Rainbow Valentine's Day mailbox with tissue-paper flower clouds |

So the printing on your box won’t show through your design, cover it a coat of primer or cover your box in craft paper before you start painting.

Pink camera Valentine's Day mailbox with heart-shaped lens and pom-poms on strap |

By all means, add heart shapes wherever you can.

Pink koala kids valentine box with pom-pom ribbon ears | Think.Make.Share. blog

Our easiest valentine box idea was this cute koala. Zip over to for full instructions and the gift box and pom-poms bows we used.

Instructions and supplies (paper, ribbon, craft knife, pencil, glue stick, gift box, pen, scissors) for Pink Koala valentine mailbox

And again we say: Why should kids have all the fun? Why not suggest a Valentine’s Day card exchange at work?

Girl placing valentine card in Koala mailbox—roller skate and rainbow mailboxes in background |

We’d love to see your kids’ valentine box ideas. Share a pic with us on Facebook or Instagram @think.make.share!


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