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Tutorial: Valentine’s Day Lunch Boxes

4 February 2013 3,050 views 2 Comments

by rhonda

Valentine's Day Lunch Boxes

The other day I was walking through the Valentine's Day aisle at Dollar Tree. Despite having been up and down that aisle a dozen times in the past couple of weeks, this time something jumped out at me that I hadn't paid much attention to before: some cardboard "mailboxes" for collecting Valentine cards. When I first saw them, immediately thought of fast food kids' meal boxes. Then I thought... Why not? So I brought them home and transformed them! There is something about putting a meal in a box with a fun little toy that makes it more exciting and special, right? Here is how I did it!

Project estimate:

  • Valentine mailbox kit, $1
  • Cardboard, on hand
  • Glue, on hand
  • Washi tape, on hand or about $1.50 and up
  • Other embellishments, on hand

Total: $1 and up

mailbox lunchbox 1

Each kit comes with a box and a sheet of stickers.  I set the stickers aside for a future project, but you could also use them to decorate your box in the final step!

Valentine Lunch Boxes

First, assemble the boxes. You will notice that the cardboard is a little flimsy, so before you fill it up you will want to reinforce the bottom of the box.

Valentine Lunch Box

Trace the bottom of the box onto a piece of cardboard (I used a cereal box out of the recycling bin); cut and glue the cardboard into the bottom of the box.

Valentine Lunch Boxes

Since the boxes were originally intended for holding cards they have a slot on each side at the top. Cover the slot by gluing or taping a piece of paper the same color as the box over the slot from the inside.

Valentine Lunch Boxes

Cover the outside of each slot with a strip of washi tape, then add a strip of washi tape around the bottom as well. If desired, add more embellishments to the box. I kept it fairly simple, adding a paper doily to one box and labeling the other with scrap paper and some foam letter stickers. There is plenty of room inside for a whole meal plus a special treat!

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  • Craft Project: Valentine’s Day Lunch Boxes | Mrs. Greene - crafts, food, fashion, life said:

    […] The other day at Dollar Tree, some cardboard boxes spoke to me. The packaging said that they were mailboxes for Valentines, but they whispered, “we want to be lunch boxes!” And so I granted their wish. The details of the makeover are on Dollar Store Crafts today; be sure to swing over there for the before-and-after! [go to the tutorial] […]

  • Cindy deRosier said:

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your lunch box! You can see it here:


    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a fun project idea!