Teachers in elementary school frequently give home sheets of paper. As parents rummage through their child’s backpack, they may discover graded papers, information about field trips, a message about the student’s behavior (please let it be positive), and information about forthcoming activities or projects. One never knows what they may discover in a backpack.

That is, until the middle of January. There is a significant chance that you may receive a note requesting that you construct a Valentine’s Day card box for your student to use in the classroom. Fortunately, we have 40 creative Valentine’s Day box ideas to inspire you!

On February 14, boys and girls will bring beautiful Valentine’s Day cards and gift packages to share with their peers. For some parents, this is an exciting time, and they begin scouring Pinterest for ideas on how to decorate this year’s unique box. Other parents have a less enthusiastic response, delaying the endeavor until the last minute. And others don’t have the time or inclination to get in touch with their creative sides by decorating, so an increasing number of parents are purchasing Valentine’s Day card boxes from online retailers such as Etsy or Amazon.

Whoever you are (and everyone in between), let these 40 creative Valentine box ideas for school serve as a friendly reminder that February 14 is rapidly approaching, and you’ll likely receive an email or sheet of paper coming home very soon. What will the Valentine’s Day box for your son or daughter look like this year?

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 Unique Valentine Box Ideas

4 E’s Novelty Dog Valentine’s Day Box Craft Kit

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If you’re looking for a valentine’s box idea that combines the ease of a store-bought option with the entertainment factor of a kids’ craft project, this kit fits the bill.

DIY Basketball Valentine Box Idea

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Perfect for hanging off the back of a school chair, this “out-of-the-box” basketball valentine’s box idea is a real slam dunk!

To make: Papier-mâché orange tissue paper to a 12-inch round paper lantern. Use black pipe cleaners to create segments, adhering with hot gun. Use a black marker to draw or stencil Wilson and NCAA logos. Wrap twine around wire on the top of the lantern for hanging.

DIY Tie-Dye Valentine’s Day Box

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Spread peace and love with this tie-dye fabric-wrapped box.

To make: Cut a card slot in the top of a box (you can use a two-part box or a folding lid box). Wrap the box with tie-dye fabric, adhering it with double-sided tape or spray adhesive. Cut out peace sign, heart, and flower decals from felt and glue to the top of the box.

DIY Heart Stickers Valentine Box Idea

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Kids will love going crazy with stickers for this simple yet super fun idea.

To make: Cut a slit in the top of a shoebox, then cover the top and bottom of the box with pink paper. Then cover it with heart-shaped stickers.

DIY Kitty Cat Valentine’s Day Box

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A few simple items put this pretty white cat together in no time, perfect for collecting lots of equally cute Valentines!

Get the tutorial at Pretty Plain Janes

DIY Hot Air Balloon Valentine Box Idea

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The sky’s the limit when it comes to card boxes, and this hot air balloon basket takes the craft to a whole other level.

Get the tutorial at Giggles Galore

DIY U.S. Post Office Collection Box Replica

It doesn’t get much more literal than this mailbox! All you really need are cardboard boxes and blue paint to create this exact replica.

Get the tutorial at Little Red Window

DIY ‘Bee Mine’ Valentine Box Idea

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The classroom will be all abuzz about this sweet-as-honey idea, which gets its cylindrical shape from an oatmeal canister.

Get the tutorial at I Heart Crafty Things

DIY Birdhouse Valentine Box Idea

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Got a Cricut cutting machine? Then put it to use to make this bright red and pink chipboard birdhouse with your kids. They’ll definitely have the coolest valentine’s box at school!

Get the tutorial at Happiness Is Homemade

DIY Love Bug Piñata Valentine Box

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Not only does this Volkswagen-inspired Valentine’s Day box idea hold cards and candy, but it can also be repurposed later as a piñata (although we don’t think we could bear to smash it!).

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built

DIY Mickey Mouse Valentine Box

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Disney fans will freak over this homemade Mickey Mouse valentine box. You can also make one that looks like Minnie!

Get the tutorial at Design Dazzle

DIY Legos Valentine Box

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Who says cardholders have to be crafted from paper and glue? Kids can help build a box with their toy blocks!

Get the tutorial at Being Genevieve

DIY Gumball Machine Valentine Box

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In keeping with the candy theme, craft a Valentine’s Day box inspired by a gumball machine! This one starts with an empty oats canister and a plastic fish bowl. The best part: Your little one will love giving gumballs to his or her friends!

Get the tutorial at Life With Fingerprints

DIY Valentine Mailbox

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You’ve got mail! What better place for Valentine’s Day cards than in this cute paper mailbox made from a shoebox and gift wrap?

Get the tutorial at Think Make Share

DIY Simple Unicorn Valentine Box

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Or, keep it simple with this easy (and equally cute) unicorn Valentine box.

Get the tutorial at Artsy Fartsy Mama

DIY Tractor Valentine Box

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Two boxes team up to form the frame of this John Deere Valentine’s Day box fit for boys and girls growing up in the country.

Get the tutorial at Sarah Joy Blog

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