How to decorate a valentine's box for school

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How to decorate a valentine's box for school
Valentine's Day boxes can be as simply or heavily decorated as you prefer. (open valentine box image by Jake Hellbach from

Decorating a Valentine's Day box for school is a suitable craft for nearly any age child. Whether this is a Valentine's box to give to someone else or to hold Valentines that will be given to your child, she can decorate it to suit her style and add embellishments that express herself and her ideas about Valentine's Day. While this project is straightforward, the decorating process can take awhile depending upon if paint is used and how many embellishments are added.

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Things you need

  • Pressboard box
  • Spray primer
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Embellishments (sequins, shells, ribbon, foam letters, etc.)
  • Glitter

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  1. 1

    Purchase a pressboard box from your local craft supplier. Boxes can be round, square, rectangular or even heart-shaped, so select the one you want to use in the size you prefer. Use a knife to cut a slot in the top of the box, if desired, into which Valentines can be dropped.

  2. 2

    Spray over the box with primer if you will be painting the box. Allow the primer to dry for one hour. Paint the box with acrylic paint in a colour you want for the background, such as red, white, pink or any other colour. Leave the box to dry for one to two hours.

  3. 3

    Cover the box with decorative Valentine's Day-themed scrapbook paper if you don't want to paint it. Use scissors to trim pieces of paper to size and glue the paper into place around the top, sides, bottom and inside of the box. Let the glue dry for at least an hour.

  4. 4

    Using paint or markers, write any desired information along the outside of the box, such as the child's name. Glue sequins, shells, ribbon, foam letters, beads, candy hearts, construction paper heart cutouts or any other embellishments to the box where they won't cover the lettering.

  5. 5

    Place lines of glue along various areas of the box and sprinkle glitter over them, or create glittery heart shapes. Allow all glue to dry for an hour.

  6. 6

    Remove the lid and decorate the inside of the box and underside of the lid, as desired, by repeating Steps 4 and 5.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the Valentine's Day box decorating project as a group activity and have each child bring a type of embellishment to share to keep costs down.

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