Creative Valentine Boxes that your Preschooler will be PROUD to make!

Need ideas for Valentine boxes for your child’s preschool class? Want a special place for those handmade Valentines your little Picasso has been working on?

Creating a Valentine box with your preschooler or toddler (or grade schooler) is a fun, easy valentine activity. Now… these mailboxes can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like, but (in my opinion) it should be your child’s work of art, not yours…

I know that it can be so tempting to take over your kids school projects (like this mom in Good Housekeeping), but there are ways to help your child create a fabulous box for Valentines that she will not only love to show off, but so that she will also be able to take pride in her own work (gaining confidence and learning important skills along the way.)

I have to admit that for several of the boxes shown below, I helped my kids more than I normally would… not many 20 month and 3 year olds are happy and cooperative making 6 different Valentine boxes over the course of 2 afternoons! But… the directions and projects themselves are very doable for most toddlers and preschoolers with a little prep work from you.


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Good supplies to have on hand for these Valentine crafts:

  • Assorted empty boxes (we used oatmeal boxes, cereal boxes, & shoe boxes of various sizes)
  • Valentine colored construction paper or wrapping paper
  • Red, white, and/or pink paint
  • Valentine stickers, foamies, or stamps
  • Markers or crayons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tape, scissors, glue stick

Basic Decorated Mailbox

  • Box (shoeboxes, cereal boxes, or tissue boxes all work well for this preschool Valentine craft)
  • Paper or wrapping paper
  • Markers, crayons, stamps, stickers

  1. To prep for this preschool craft, wrap the box in plain or wrapping paper and cut a slit in one side (or leave the top open)
  2. Allow your child to decorate his “mailbox” with stickers, stamps, crayons, markers, or cut out construction paper hearts
  3. Your valentine mailbox is complete and ready for a great game of “post office”

If you want the box to look a little less “preschool”, but still want your child to be able to work on and learn from this craft, try these ideas:

Heart Stencil

  • Cut a length of clear contact paper the size of the paper to be decorated
  • Cut heart shapes in a random pattern from the contact paper
  • Peel off the sticky back and place the contact paper on the surface to be painted
  • Provide your preschooler (or toddler… my 20 month old loved this) with a paint brush and paint and let him paint away
  • When you peel off the contact paper, only the heart shapes will be painted on the paper!
  • Wrap a shoebox with this paper and you have an instant (nice looking) Valentine box that your child created!

Heart Stamp

  • Create a heart stamp by cutting a heart shape from an ordinary kitchen sponge and hot gluing it to a empty medicine container (or film canister if you still have them)
  • Provide your child with paint in a shallow dish and the paper to be decorated
  • Let her dip the “stamp” in paint and stamp hearts on the paper
  • Again, wrap a shoebox in this paper

* For both of these ideas, you can more festive looking results by providing your child with 2 or more paint colors. It also looks very nice to use white and pink paint on red paper.

Butterfly Valentine Box

  • Box (a tall skinny box works best)
  • Several colors of construction paper
  • Markers, crayons, stamps, stickers
  • One pipe cleaner cut in half
  • Tape or glue stick

  1. To prep for this preschool craft, wrap the box in plain or wrapping paper and cut a slit in the top
  2. Depending on your child’s age and ability, have him cut or you cut out 2 large hearts for wings (if you want help drawing a heart template- a heart is one of the “Basic Shapes” on MS Word or Power Point. Use the AutoShapes to draw one and then print it out on paper)
  3. Tape the hearts to the back of the box
  4. Lay the box wings down and decorate the wings, draw a face, and be creative!
  5. An adult should poke 2 small holes in the top of the box for the pipe cleaner “antennae”

Monster Valentine Box

  • Box (a cereal box is perfect)
  • Several colors of construction paper
  • One pipe cleaner cut in half
  • Tape or glue stick
  • Scissors


  1. To prep for this preschool craft, wrap the box in plain or wrapping paper, leaving the top of the cereal box open and cut a slit in the front for the mouth
  2. Allow your child to practice her cutting
    • Draw lines across the paper for her to cut out two arms and a thicker band for “hair”
    • 2 year olds (or those just learning to use scissors) can cut the individual “hair pieces” (frays.) Always supervise and use children’s safety scissors!
    • Older kids can help cutting out… 2 large heart feet, 2 small heart eyes, one long heart nose

  3. Lay the box down (it will be easier to work with) and let your preschooler or toddler glue on the body parts. It is a monster, so let them be creative! (I found that the feet and arms needed a couple of pieces of tape to keep them on)
  4. Your preschooler’s monster is ready to be “fed” Valentines!

“Love Bug” Valentine Boxes

  • Box (we used a shoe box)
  • Red construction paper or wrapping paper
  • Black crayon or marker
  • One pipe cleaner cut in half
  • Tape or glue stick

  1. To prep for this preschool craft, wrap the box in red paper and cut a slit in the top
  2. Cut out one large red heart and cut off the “point” (for the head)
  3. Draw or have your child draw and color in heart “spots” with the black marker or crayon (I drew the hearts and my 3 year old colored them in. You could also cut out small black hearts and glue them.)
  4. Draw the lady bug’s face on the large heart and glue/ tape it to the front of the box
  5. An adult should poke 2 small holes in the top of the box for the pipe cleaner “antennae” (we used heart foamies at the top)

Paper Plate Valentine Holder

  • 2 paper plates
  • Construction paper hearts, stickers, markers, stamps
  • Ribbon and hole punch
  • Stapler


  1. To prep for this preschool craft, fold 2 paper plates in half and staple together as shown (to form a pocket)
  2. Trim or have your preschooler trim the tops to form a heart shape
  3. Decorate the heart with stickers, glue and paper, markers, etc.
  4. Punch a hole in the top of the heart, string ribbon through, and hang
  5. Also makes a beautiful Valentine decoration!

If you’re looking for a super simple way for a toddler to collect Valentines, have your toddler decorate a bag… use crayons, heart cut outs, stickers…

Creating these decorative boxes together is a fun family Valentine activity activity (how many of us actually get to go out on Valentine’s Day anyway?) Have everyone create Valentine boxes and have fun writing notes, drawing pictures, and sending valentines to each other! (If you want to be able to remove the Valentines regularly, remember to leave an opening in the back or top!)

I know that many of us fall into the trap of wanting our kids crafts or school projects to “be the best”, but I really do think (and one of the reasons I started this site is) that we truly hurt our children when we do their work… they don’t learn important skills, they expect perfectionism and become frustrated with their own abilities, they miss out on feeling pride in their own work, and, most importantly, we send them the message that what they can do isn’t “good enough”. If your child is 4, his work should reflect that…

Now I’m going to get off my high horse… my son wants a “Transformer” Valentine box that “really transforms” for his Kindergarten Valentine party. And, despite all of my talk, I’m going to build it for him. But- he’s going to decorate it... I swear!

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