Valentine Shoe Box Project Ideas

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Valentine Shoe Box Project Ideas
A decorated shoebox is a popular project for storing Valentine's Day cards. (hearts on box image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Valentine's Day shoe boxes are a staple project in elementary schools. The decorative boxes have a slit in the lid so students can slip cards into the box. The box stores the cards until the end of the day and makes it easier for kids to carry the cards home. Depending on the age of the child attempting the project, some steps may require adult assistance.

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Candy Heart Mailbox

Candy hearts may taste like chalk to some people, but they're a popular treat and symbol for Valentine's Day. More importantly, the candy style is easy to incorporate into a child's Valentine's Day shoebox. The project only requires a shoebox, paper, glitter pens and thin foam hearts in assorted colours and sizes. Each child covers a box, writes a message on the hearts and glues them to the box as decoration.

Card Monster Mailbox

Not everyone wants sweet and cute decorations for Valentine's Day, especially not rowdy little kids. Use an unusual monster theme to give children a chance to have fun with the whole "love" concept. Create a Valentine's shoebox decorated as a monster that "loves" cards and gobbles up each one. The project requires each child to draw a mouth around the letter opening and decorate the rest of the box like a monster.

Flower Power Mailbox

It may be a rather feminine style, but a flower-covered shoebox is a sweet way to celebrate Valentine's Day and the coming of spring. Kids can draw flowers on a paper-covered shoebox or cut flower shapes out of construction paper to cover the box. Small silk roses and glue are useful for covering or trimming the floral mailbox for a fancy style.

Love Bug Mailbox

Use little, homemade "love bug" pom-poms to decorate a Valentine's shoebox with a sweet and fluffy style. Create "love bugs" with colourful pom-pom bodies, foam heart feet and googly eyes. Kids use the bugs to decorate their paper-covered shoe boxes. They can also use glitter pens to create additional decorations on the box, such as hearts.

Modern Robot Mailbox

Let kids with a love for electronics express their personalities with a modern robot-themed mailbox for Valentine's Day. The robot consists of a tall shoebox standing vertically on four block legs. A block on each side of the box serve as arms and a slit in the lid serves as a mouth. Have each child colour the robot a metallic hue and add assorted decorations, such as flat beads, to indicate buttons and lights.

Space Rocket Mailbox

Combine a shoebox, poster board and aluminium foil to create a shiny rocket-themed mailbox for Valentine's Day. Each child secures a cone to the top of the vertically positioned box and covers everything but the letter slot with foil. Kids can use various decorations, such as stickers and glitter pens, to decorate the rocket.

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