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Valentine Heart Letter Boxes

Kids will love making these adorable heart-shaped letter boxes for collecting their Valentine cards this year! All you need is some construction paper and a cereal box, and of course all the bling you would like to decorate it with!

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

For these heart shaped boxes you will need:

Recycled cereal boxes
Construction paper
Yarn
Beads, buttons, glitter, coffee filters, etc (for decorating)
Black marker
Scissors
Glue stick
White craft glue
Heart pattern

HINT: If you find it easier to cut, you can carefully separate the cereal box at the seams to open it up to make one big piece. Then you can tape it back together after cutting your hearts.

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Find the middle of the cereal box and cut it in half.

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Use the pattern to trace the heart, lining up the point of the heart with the bottom corner of the box.

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

 

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

I personally found it easier to open the box and cut the pieces and then tape them back together later.

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Be sure to trim off any excess flaps that are left over. Cover the boxes in construction paper.

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

To make the ruffles on the pink box, I used coffee filters. Fold the filter in half and cut the circle out of the middle. Cut the ruffled section of the filter in half. Fold the filter along the ruffles, creasing as you go.

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Use a glue stick to add the ruffled filters inside the heart box along the humps. I used a total of two and a half (2 1/2) coffee filters for the pink box.

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

To add buttons or beads to the front of your boxes, pipe a line of craft glue and press the buttons or beads in place.

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

Create a handle from yarn, I made mine a few strands wide. Have a grown up use scissors or a craft knife to poke holes in either side of the box. Tie the yarn handle through the holes.

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

To decorate further, draw a heart or your child’s initial on the front of the box with white craft glue and sprinkle with glitter. Tap off the excess glitter and allow to dry completely.

Valentine Heart Letter Boxes by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

 

Thanks to Pink and Green Mama for the inspiration!

Project created by Amanda Formaro for Kix Cereal. Amanda is a well-known craft expert and has been writing and crafting on the Internet for over fifteen years. Find out more on her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.