Use cardboard to make adorable heart shaped boxes for Valentine’s Day!

These Valentine heart boxes are so fun for holding candy, treats, or other small treasures, and kids will be amazed at how easy these heart boxes are to make! Decorate them with paint, stickers, or whatever supplies you have on hand.

Use your finished heart boxes as party decor on a food table for a Valentine’s Day party! Or give them as gifts with treats inside.

Supplies Needed for Valentine Heart Boxes:

  • Corrugated cardboard, from a shipping box or similar
  • Cereal box cardboard
  • Sheet of paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Paint – we used acrylic
  • Valentine stickers or other materials for decorating the boxes

Step 1: Make a heart pattern with a sheet of paper. Cut it out and trace it on corrugated cardboard. This will be the bottom of the box. Cut two strips of cardboard to make the sides of the box.

You can choose how high you want the sides to be. I would suggest 1.5 inches or so.

Step 2: Use a glue gun to glue the two strips of cardboard to the edges of the heart. Start in the center of the heart and bend the cardboard around to the bottom tip. Trim off any extra. Then repeat this process with the other side.

It’s fun to make a few heart boxes in different sizes and shapes! You can experiment with a taller, thinner heart versus a shorter, wider one.

Step 3: Paint and decorate your heart box!

We used acrylic paint, which is always my top choice because it covers well and it’s easy to control. If you want a washable option, go with tempera paint.

The finished boxes are SO cute.

Janie (age 9) was so impressed with this process! She really enjoyed making hearts.

You can experiment with painting designs on the boxes. Stripes and dots are easy to paint.

We put candy in our heart boxes. You can decide if you want the candy to directly touch the paint or not. I put M&M’s in one of our boxes, and I’m not concerned. But if you’d prefer the candy not to touch the paint, just use individually wrapped candies.

Need more Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas?

This Heart Collage Art activity is so open-ended and creative. Print the template from the post!

Here’s a fun beginning sewing idea – make a Felt Heart Purse


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