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. Over the years, we’ve been pet parents to dogs as well as a parakeet. There are a few times in the year where we see people talking about adding a pet to the family. Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day. When people are interested, we encourage people to adopt from the local animal shelter. There are a lot of lessons kids learn from puppies. Unfortunately, not everyone has that option due to lack of time, space, finances or due to allergies.
Don’t worry; there are still plenty of opportunities to welcome animals into your home, especially on Valentine’s Day. Our kids made four-legged Valentine collection boxes to use in their classroom. When I was a kid, we were each given a manila 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.
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
- Scotch tape
- Glue stick
- Use the packing tape to make sure the box is sealed shut.
- Determine what type of animal you want.
- Use the glue stick and tape to adhere the animal’s base color to the box.
- Have an adult use the utility knife to cut a 1½” by 5″ hole in the back.
- Use different colors of construction paper and scissors to add details to the animal. Spots, ears, eyes, tail.
- Use markers to add additional character lines such as nose or mouth.
- Have adult use utility knife or scissors to cut legs from the extra piece of cardboard.
- 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.
- Use the glue to adhere the legs to the body so it can stand up.
- Allow it to dry overnight then bask in how adorable a creation you made!
So don’t stress out if you need a last minute Valentine’s Day box. This one is easy, quick and inexpensive. Enjoy all the animals – the pets in your home, the animal Valentine box or just stop by to give some love to the animals at the shelter.
What did you use for collecting Valentines at school?
111 thoughts on “DIY Animal Shaped Valentine Box”
Those animal boxes are a great idea! How clever. 🙂
Those are very cute 🙂 And I do love a good animal movie!
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Love it. So cute.
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My most favorite valentine gift is roses.
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I would be watching comedies mostly
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My favorite Valentine’s gift is always a handwritten love letter.
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.
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What a cute little craft! I always enjoy getting handmade gifts from my kids on Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the giveaway too.
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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…
What a great idea and cute.
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I would like to watch The Walking Dead and my daughter loves Littlest Pet shop.
And yes, we do have pets! Two chihuahuas who are more like crazy furry kids 🙂
Nice going Nicole….that’s a great decoration idea. Yes, like dogs better than cats, however prefer the parakeet…truly cute. Thanks
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I would stream comedy movies
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Can’t wait to see House of Cards
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!
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Cheesy, but roses are the best gift I’ve gotten <3
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!
Orange is the New Black and so much more
I will be streaming comedies and romance movies.
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I need to catch up on house of cards
Those Pet Valentine boxes are sure a lot cuter than the ones I used to make when I was a kid.
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This is so adorable! What a cute way to share your animal love.
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I love the animal Valentine boxes you created. Very cute and creative. It is something I would love to make with my eldest.
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!
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Boxes are cute! The white dog with the cape actually looks happy to be dressed up!
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My family and I love watching scary movies on Netflix
Right now I’m in the middle of Pretty Little Liars and Dexter
i’d like to see the last two seasons of dexter and catch up on some recent movies I missed.
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
This is adorable, can you come to my house and make one. The boychild would love it
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Cats are not evil, they are awesome! Those boxes are very cute and very creative.
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.
I love it. These are amazing.
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All the Star Trek series.
I love The Orange Is The New Black and The 100. They really have great movies on Netflix. Thanks for the chance.
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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!)
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I’d love to stream the Blacklist on Netflix!
I will stream both movies and TV series.
I like the mini series from the UK and New Zealand, they wrap up a story line in 4-8 episodes.
I like “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Mr. Lucky” the best, and would like to stream these as TV never plays every episode.
I’ll be streaming indie movies and stand up comedy specials.
I will be streaming Friends, Breaking Bad and Hell on Wheels!
Such a great idea and so cute!
I’ll be streaming Orange Is The New Black.
I can’t wait to win this
We like to watch the many British series that are on Netflix
A year of NetFlix would mean a lot of fun evenings of movie viewing with my niece and nephew.
On Netflix streaming I like series shows like Call the Midwife and Bomb Girls.
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
i will be streaming fantasy movies or catch up on some shows …
I would be streaming TV comedies like Scrubs and The Office
I like Orange is the new black.
I would stream a lot of fun, family movies and shows.
Netflix has great original programming.
I will be streaming comedies movies.
I would like to catch up on Supernatural and Blue Bloods
My fiance’ bought me a beautiful bouquet,chocolates and a sweater for Valentine’s Day this year!
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!
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!
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 (:
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I like action movies.
I would start with streaming House of Cards
I like drama and sci-fi
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I would want to stream all of the psych and Friends episodes!
I would watch orange is the new black.
I like action flicks and cop shows the most.
The boxes look fun. And afterwards they can use it as a faux pet (at least mine would, they are still pretty young).