DIY Animal Shaped Valentine Box

DIY Animal Shaped Valentine Box


Pets have a pretty significant place in our lives. They make us happy. The give us unconditional love.

I’ve loved animals for as long as I can remember. Except for cats. Cats are evil. They’ve never liked me much but that’s okay because the feeling is mutual. For the time being, a parakeet holds the only title of pet in our home. The three dogs we adopted many moons ago, as well as those that we rescued and rehabilitated, hold a special place in my heart. While we support the local animal shelter, I’m not ready to adopt another dog just yet.

Don’t worry; we still find plenty of opportunities to bring animals into our home. As you can see from the photo above, the kids made four-legged Valentine collection boxes. When I was a kid, we were each given a manilla folder that we stapled shut, decorated and hung on the front of our desks. Back then, the only Valentine’s students gave each other were cards. These days, it takes a shoe box sized collection box with a large enough hole to allow for a variety of Pinterest-inspired Valentine gifts. Thankfully, creating one is very simple and doesn’t take too much time for your child to complete. Translation: If the kids notify you the night before the Valentine party at school, you can still crank out this cute pet in no time.

Help your kids create a Valentine Box with some character. Check out the easy tutorial. -

Pet-inspired Valentine Collection Box

What you’ll need:

  • Medium sized shipping box or large shoe box.  (Approx size 5″ x 7″ x 10″)
  • Cardboard box (any size)
  • Packing tape
  • Utility knife (adults only)
  • Colored construction paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Glue stick
  • Glue


  1. Use the packing tape to make sure the box is sealed shut.
  2. Determine what type of animal you want.
  3. Use the glue stick and tape to adhere the animal’s base color to the box.
  4. Have an adult use the utility knife to cut a 1½” by 5″ hole in the back.
  5. Use different colors of construction paper and scissors to add details to the animal. Spots, ears, eyes, tail.
  6. Use markers to add additional character lines such as nose or mouth.
  7. Have adult use utility knife or scissors to cut legs from the extra piece of cardboard.
  8. Since it will be elevated and can be seen from any direction, attach construction paper to the front and back of the cardboard legs and use markers to finish the details.
  9. Use the glue to adhere the legs to the body so it can stand up.
  10. Allow it to dry overnight then bask in how adorable a creation you made!

We do miss our dogs and think about them often. They were a huge part of our lives for so many years and were our children at a time when getting pregnant wasn’t in the cards for us. Once we were blessed with kids, our dogs were incredibly patient and protective of them. They were awesome and totally tolerated us doing goofy stuff like dressing them up in costume or manhandling them for photographs.

Pets are more than just animals. They're family members. - SahmReviews.comPets are more than just animals. They're family members. -  Pets are more than just animals. They're family members. -
Now we get our fill of pets by visiting the dog park, the animal shelter, playing with friends’ dogs and of course streaming pet-centric shows on Netflix.

When you're done creating a cute animal-shaped Valentine Collection Box, enjoy a pet-centric movie or show on Netflix! -

Some we watch as a family and others are safe for the kids to stream on their own. Annie, Snow Buddies and Step Dogs are just a few of the great shows available. If you plan to see the new Annie movie that is out, be sure to sit down with your kids and watch the classic one first!

When you're done creating a cute animal-shaped Valentine Collection Box, enjoy a pet-centric movie or show on Netflix! -

Although I don’t like cats, ones of the cartoon, digital and fictitious type are just fine. One of my favorites is Garfield but Puss in Boots is a close second. If you haven’t heard, it’s actually a Netflix original! Littlest Pet Shop has always been a big hit around here and Pet Party looks pretty cute but we haven’t watched it yet.

Feel like something a little more grown-up? There are also several shows perfect for watching after the kids have gone to bed for the night: Frasier, Friends, Family Guy and Wilfred to name just a few.

So enjoy the animals – the pets in your home, the animal Valentine box or stream animal stuff on Netflix. Don’t have a Netflix account? Enter for a chance to win one!

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About Nicole

Founder and owner of, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

111 comments on «DIY Animal Shaped Valentine Box»

  1. Ruthanne says:

    Those animal boxes are a great idea! How clever. 🙂

  2. Those are very cute 🙂 And I do love a good animal movie!

  3. Ashley says:

    I want to stream It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and any new comedy skits

  4. DinaJoy says:

    I’ll stream Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Arrow, Breaking Bad and many movies!

  5. NR says:

    Looks great!

  6. Talison Costa says:

    Love it. So cute.

  7. Nichole Smith says:

    The type of movies and shows we would stream on Netflix would be lots of animated/family movies and comedies.

  8. Some awesome ideas here

  9. William Wilson says:

    This would be fantastic. I would watch Orange is the New Black and Arrow if I won.

  10. Jim Morgan says:

    I’m constantly streaming TV series I previously missed, like Sons of Anarchy.

  11. Yevette Parker says:

    I would watch Revenge!

  12. Sharon Kaminski says:

    My most favorite valentine gift is roses.

  13. Cynthia C says:

    I love streaming entire tv series and binge watching. My current favorites are Call the Midwife and The Bletchley Circle.

  14. Terry Cross says:

    I would be watching comedies mostly

  15. Tiana S. says:

    I stream action movies and binge watch whatever tv series that catches my fancy!

  16. Lisa says:

    I love streaming comedies that I never get tired of, like The Office and Parks and Recreation.

  17. Syb Verkleir says:

    We stream mysteries, romance and historical genres on ♥ Netflix ♥ for the grownups; “kids-stuff” for the younger grandchildren and “Teen-stuff” for those mystical young adult grandkids ☺

  18. We love Netflix! My 5 year old watches cartoons on there all the time. I love it for old series shows like SNL and I love love love their show Orange is the new black!

  19. Lisa Aliperti says:

    My favorite Valentine’s gift is always a handwritten love letter.

  20. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I love watching The 100 and The Black List. We watch these shows as a family and we tend to watch more than one episode when we have movie night. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Denise Welch says:

    My first granddaughter was born on Valentines day best gift ever.

  22. What a cute little craft! I always enjoy getting handmade gifts from my kids on Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the giveaway too.

  23. Candice M says:

    I’d check out House of Cards. I remember the original, so I’d want to see how the new series compares.

  24. Hi Nicole, cute post! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  25. A lot going on in this post. But it is cute. I am not a cat lover either. I think they are sneaky and they make me sneeze…

  26. Janet says:

    What a great idea and cute.

  27. Alesha says:

    Very fun post! Thanks for sharing!

  28. this is great, thanks for sharing

  29. Christina W says:

    I would like to watch The Walking Dead and my daughter loves Littlest Pet shop.

    1. Christina W says:

      And yes, we do have pets! Two chihuahuas who are more like crazy furry kids 🙂

  30. FJ Ortega says:

    Nice going Nicole….that’s a great decoration idea. Yes, like dogs better than cats, however prefer the parakeet…truly cute. Thanks

  31. Audrey Marie Jarrett says:

    Once upon a time

  32. Katie H. says:

    I would stream comedy movies

  33. Michael Shea says:


  34. Nadia says:

    Wow, what a great content Nicole, this is called passion about. Than you for sharing.

  35. Cats role and dogs drool! LOL. Dogs are fine but cats are the best! The box is super cute!

  36. Kay M says:

    Can’t wait to see House of Cards

  37. Daisy says:

    Awe, I love pet inspired Valentine boxes. I’m going to have to make this with my son and show it to his teachers to see if this would be good for his class to make. They use bags right now, but these boxes are so much cuter!

  38. sharon shafran says:

    this is just terrific

  39. Sarah Blake says:

    Cheesy, but roses are the best gift I’ve gotten <3

  40. Dede says:

    My son needs a Valentine’s Day box for collecting his cards this year. Such a cute idea, we’ll have to give it a try!

  41. Amy Pullifrone says:

    Orange is the New Black and so much more

  42. Saundra McKenzie says:

    I will be streaming comedies and romance movies.

  43. Those are adorable boxes! I don’t have a pet right now, but we’re kicking around the idea of getting a dog.

  44. Shannon says:

    I like Wilfred, Orange is the New Black….just to name a few. Thank you for this chance to win!

  45. sandra says:

    I need to catch up on house of cards

  46. Terry says:

    Those Pet Valentine boxes are sure a lot cuter than the ones I used to make when I was a kid.

  47. Jen says:

    The boxes are adorable! My daughter and I have been enjoying Annie on Netflix!

  48. Rachee says:

    This is so adorable! What a cute way to share your animal love.

  49. Kathryn Hoehn says:

    I would live stream orange is the new Black

  50. I love the animal Valentine boxes you created. Very cute and creative. It is something I would love to make with my eldest.

  51. Rosey says:

    It’s amazing how pets know to become protective of the new kiddos. Like they sense instantly that they’re family. 🙂 Entered the giveaway, thanks for hosting. And I like the boxes, they’re cute!

  52. Estelle S says:

    I would stream my favorite show, Psych!

  53. Kathleen Marie Smith says:

    Boxes are cute! The white dog with the cape actually looks happy to be dressed up!

  54. Debbie Denny says:

    Awwww Now those are just too cute.Be fun to dress up an watch movies.

  55. Abigail Baldwin says:

    My family and I love watching scary movies on Netflix

  56. Becky Moore says:

    Right now I’m in the middle of Pretty Little Liars and Dexter

  57. kath g says:

    i’d like to see the last two seasons of dexter and catch up on some recent movies I missed.

  58. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i’d watch all the oscar nominees, and my daughter wants to watch the whole series of pretty little liars because she likes the books

  59. Raijean S says:

    This is adorable, can you come to my house and make one. The boychild would love it

  60. What an adorable Valentine box!! I like to stream TV Series on Netflix. Love the no commercials!

  61. Cats are not evil, they are awesome! Those boxes are very cute and very creative.

  62. J. Merrill says:

    That looks so cool! At first it looks like something that would require more art talent than I have, but as I read your directions I think I could actually do this.

  63. NYC Single Mom says:

    I love it. These are amazing.

  64. Kristin says:

    What a cute idea! We love our puppy and I would love to make a box that looks like her. Very cute

  65. Corey Olomon says:

    All the Star Trek series.

  66. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I love The Orange Is The New Black and The 100. They really have great movies on Netflix. Thanks for the chance.

  67. Oh, I love the cute boxes. I love Netflix and almost any movie will do for us. Hope you are thriving. Miss you!

    1. Nicole says:

      Awww. You’re so sweet, Rebecca! I miss you too. We’re doing well, yes. Since focusing on our site, we’ve been able to do a lot with it, expand and offer a lot of great content that previously we just didn’t have time for. Hope you’re thriving as well! (I was just checking out the photography class yesterday. Hope to do that soon!)

  68. Alexis says:

    I use Netflix all the time to catch up on TV while I’m cooking. Winning a year of it would be a serious dream come true!

  69. Stacy says:

    I’d love to stream the Blacklist on Netflix!

  70. Ellen L. says:

    I will stream both movies and TV series.

  71. Lisa Edwards says:

    I like the mini series from the UK and New Zealand, they wrap up a story line in 4-8 episodes.

  72. I like “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Mr. Lucky” the best, and would like to stream these as TV never plays every episode.

  73. steve weber says:

    I’ll be streaming indie movies and stand up comedy specials.

  74. Kristin Goodson says:

    I will be streaming Friends, Breaking Bad and Hell on Wheels!

  75. cylina williams says:

    Such a great idea and so cute!

  76. Kristen says:

    I’ll be streaming Orange Is The New Black.

  77. Stefany Sanchez says:

    I can’t wait to win this

  78. Rosanne says:

    We like to watch the many British series that are on Netflix

  79. A year of NetFlix would mean a lot of fun evenings of movie viewing with my niece and nephew.

  80. Barbara Montag says:

    On Netflix streaming I like series shows like Call the Midwife and Bomb Girls.
    thank you

  81. Sarah Oswald says:

    I would use it to watch all kinds of movies and shows its probably easier to say what kind of movies and shows I dont like. I love horror movie the best

  82. Claudia M says:

    i will be streaming fantasy movies or catch up on some shows …

  83. ReggieMann says:

    I would be streaming TV comedies like Scrubs and The Office

  84. Lisa says:

    I like Orange is the new black.

  85. Linda F. says:

    I would stream a lot of fun, family movies and shows.

  86. Piper says:

    Netflix has great original programming.

  87. Richard Hicks says:

    I will be streaming comedies movies.

  88. Rita A says:

    I would like to catch up on Supernatural and Blue Bloods

  89. Dana Rodriguez says:

    My fiance’ bought me a beautiful bouquet,chocolates and a sweater for Valentine’s Day this year!

  90. Jean D. says:

    On Netflix, I can’t WAIT to see the new season of House of Cards. Kevin Spacey plays such a delicious sleazeball.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  91. Jacob says:

    I always tend to gravitate towards shows that are really good but no longer on the air. I get really invested in them already knowing that it will end with no episodes at some point. Seems like self-punishment sometimes!

  92. Linda Meranda says:

    We like the older or feel good movies. too much violence in the world, don’t need to fill my head with it through movies. favorite valentines present was this year. Hubby got me a purse and Burberry. 35 years of surprises with him (:

  93. Samantha says:

    I will be streaming and binge watching the Friends series!

  94. Donna K says:

    I like action movies.

  95. Laura S says:

    I would start with streaming House of Cards

  96. I like drama and sci-fi

  97. Cindy R Moore says:

    I will be streaming suspense movies and action movies

  98. Kathy Pease says:

    I would be streaming horror movies or documentaries 🙂

  99. clynsg says:

    We would watch a wide variety of movies, from children’s animation to romance, science fiction and adventure.

  100. Jane H says:

    I would love to check out the Oscar nominated pictures. Thank you so much for the chance to win this.

  101. I’ll probably be streaming scary movies! I love them! 🙂

  102. Terry Bellender says:

    I think I’m the only person on the planet that has not viewed Netflix but I like the old black and white horror movies,romance/comedies and scifi type stuff.

  103. Reginald Sandifer says:

    Cut the cable! I’ll watch Daredevil, maybe Orange is the new black

  104. Natalie says:

    I would want to stream all of the psych and Friends episodes!

  105. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would watch orange is the new black.

  106. Michele Cupp says:

    I like action flicks and cop shows the most.

  107. Stephen says:

    The boxes look fun. And afterwards they can use it as a faux pet (at least mine would, they are still pretty young).

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