DIY Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train! (2024)

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See how to make a DIY Valentine’s Day card box out of basic household items and a few fun embellishments!

Hop aboard the Love Train this February!

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DIY Valentine’s Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!

My oldest son, Rowan, is in kindergarten this year, and his teacher requested that all the kiddos make or purchase their own festive Valentine’s Day card box for their class party.

Since Rowan has been obsessed with trains for most of his young life (I even turned one of his toy trains into the cuuuutest DIY Christmas ornament), he of course chose a choo-choo for his desired theme…and it had to be ALL ABOUT LOVE.

Here’s what we came up with for his box!

Other DIY Valentine Box Ideas

Over the years since this post was originally published, I’ve ended up creating several more DIY Valentine card boxes for both of my boys.

We’ve covered Baby Yoda, a Creeper from Minecraft, as well as an upcycled animal cookie!

I’ve also shared LOTS of FREE printables, including a bunch of fun Valentine’s Day card ideas that your kiddo can pass out to all of their classmates and friends, so be sure and check out those too!

Train Valentine’s Day Card Box Supplies

One of the best things about this upcycled Love Train Valentine’s Day card box is that I only purchased a few inexpensive items specifically for this project (mostly from Dollar Tree), so it was about $5 of new stuff.

That’s it!

The rest of the items I either already had in my craft stash or I found while rummaging through closets or the kitchen.

Sometimes it pays to be a hoarder. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Here are the main components of our DIY Valentine’s Day card box that I scavenged from around the house:

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Valentine’s Day Card Box: Prepping the Train Parts

After cutting out a hole in the large box, I then wrapped both it and the smaller box in some red gift wrap, then covered all the edges with some glittery pink washi tape.

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Next up came the cardboard tubes.

They were cut to size (and the larger one had a hole cut in it for the smaller one to fit inside), then both were also wrapped in gift wrap and embellished with washi tape.

After covering the six styrofoam discs in aluminum foil, all the main train components were ready for assembly!

I fired up my hot glue gun and then attached all the pieces together.

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Now it was time to add some flair and accessorize this choo-choo.

Metallic pipe cleaners were added to cover rugged seams on the tubes, and some stuffing was added to give a fun steam effect to this steamie.

A little structure was provided with some jewelry wire, and the heart picks that would come later also kept it in place.

Some final lovey dovey touches were also added, such as:

  • Vinyl decals that I whipped up with my Silhouette Cameo
    • So everyone would know this was *Rowan’s* train
  • Felt heart stickers
  • A cattle catcher up front
    • Just an aluminum foil-covered Bagel Bites box piece
  • Two smaller front wheels
    • Plastic caps from one of the cardboard shipping tubes
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Rowan’s Final Train Valentine’s Day Card Box!

And here’s how Rowan’s Love Train Valentine’s Day card box looks after being fully assembled and accessorized!

Needless to say, he was pretty excited to take it to school for his class party and to also pass out his for all of his friends. :)

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An Upcycled Before-And-After Valentine Box

Not bad for a $5 upcycled school project!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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FAQs

What to write in Valentine's Day card template? ›

Cute Valentine's Day Wishes
  • Happy Valentine's Day! ...
  • You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
  • You may hold my hand for a while, but you hold my heart forever.
  • I love you more than coffee.
  • Thank you for being mine.
  • You make me feel like the heart-eye emoji.
  • The best things in life are better with you.
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How do you make a Valentine card step by step? ›

DIY Valentine's Card
  1. Step 1: Collect Your Materials. The first step is to collect your materials! ...
  2. Step 2: Glue to Cardstock. ...
  3. Step 3: Trace and Cut Out Your Shape. ...
  4. Step 4: Embellish! ...
  5. Step 5: Write Your Message.
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How to make Valentine's box with shoe box? ›

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.

How to make a Valentine's Day mailbox out of a shoebox? ›

Cut a simple mailbox flag shape out of card stock or leftover shoe box and attach it with double-sided tape or glue. Have your child write their name on the box and decorate it as their heart desires. We added vintage stamps and heart stickers to ours.

How to make a simple Valentine gift? ›

Your take on homemade Valentine's gifts might mean an easy craft (anything heart-shaped will do), a sweet treat (think chocolates, pink candies or homemade donuts) or a DIY Valentine's Day card. Whatever your style, this roundup proves it's easier than expected to make your own presents.

What is a cute simple Valentine quote? ›

Simple Valentine's Day Messages

You and me were meant to be. You make me smile! I love you to the moon and back! Being yours is a dream come true.

What is the best message for Valentine's Day? ›

Happy messages
  • I'm so thankful for all that you do for me. ...
  • It is amazing how you make me feel. ...
  • Thank you for accepting me the way I am. ...
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  • Whenever I'm with you, wherever we are, I'm home.
  • Every day is beautiful with you by my side.

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Happy Valentine's Day 2024: Wishes, messages and greetings
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  • I met you. ...
  • Sending you heartfelt wishes on this day of love.
Feb 14, 2024

How to make a Valentine's Day box out of a shoebox? ›

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.

What to put in a Valentine gift box? ›

The best gift baskets tie in your recipient's interests and items that match the occasion. For example, gifting a few of your significant other's favorite movies or books, along with chocolates, flowers, or other confectionaries can make the perfect Valentine's gift. Just don't forget a card and festive wrapping!

What to put in a Valentine box? ›

Greeting Card: A heartfelt Valentine's Day card with a personalized message expressing love, gratitude, or affection is a classic addition to a Valentine's box. Chocolates or Candy: Valentine's Day is often synonymous with sweet treats like chocolates, candies, or other confections.

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