Create a cute animal-shaped Valentine Collection 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.

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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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111 thoughts on “DIY Animal Shaped Valentine Box

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

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

  3. 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 ☺

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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.

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

    1. 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!)

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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 (:

  16. 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.

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