6 Easy and Cheap DIY Valentines Shoebox Ideas for Kids

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you have kids in school, you know that it means one thing – Valentine boxes decorating time! We’re presenting 6 easy DIY Valentines shoebox ideas that even uncrafty moms can effortlessly create.

It’s a fun and creative way for kids to express their love and appreciation for their classmates, and it’s also a great opportunity for them to get their hands dirty and unleash their inner artists. But let’s be real, buying a pre-made shoebox from the store can be quite expensive, and it’s not as personal as making one from scratch.

We’re making Valentine card boxes out of a shoebox because, let’s face it, those shoeboxes are basically the superheroes of crafting – the right size, sturdy, and ready for a Valentine makeover!

How to wrap a shoebox for Valentine’s Day

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Materials You’ll Need

  • Construction, wrapping, or tissue paper in vibrant reds, pinks, and whites. For a unique twist, explore the world of wedding-themed wrapping paper. Some designs feature captivating hearts and swirls, creating an exquisite Valentine’s Day background for your shoebox masterpiece.
  • Scissors and/or a cutting blade for precision.
  • Double-stick tape or rolled tape pieces.
  • Glue for secure adhesion.

Option 1: Shoebox with removable lid

how to decorate a shoebox for valentine's day

Step 1: Begin by cutting a sheet of construction, wrapping, or tissue paper, ensuring it’s 1 to 2 inches wider than your shoebox on all sides. Use double-stick tape on the box’s bottom, centering it on the paper to avoid slipping. Cut diagonally from each corner of the wrapping paper towards the corresponding box corner. Fold and tape the longer sides, covering the outside edges, then repeat with the shorter edges.

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Pro Tip: If there’s excess edge, cut it off before taping; it’s better to have too much than too little.

Step 2: Apply the same technique to cover the lid, introducing a different color for visual appeal.

Step 3: Using a pencil, sketch a card-sized slot on the lid’s top. Carefully cut along the lines with scissors or a sharp blade. Caution: Adult supervision is essential for younger children, while older ones should be properly guided when handling cutting tools.

Option 2: Shoebox with attached lid

how to make a valentine box out of a shoebox

This simple tutorial will show you how to turn a plain shoebox with an opening lid into a beautiful and personalized gift box for your Valentine. For detailed instructions, check out the TikTok video below!

how to wrap a valentine's shoe box with attached lid

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Valentine’s Day shoebox ideas for girls

Easy Unicorn Valentine Box using all Dollar tree supplies

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Unicorns are all the rage right now, and what better way to show your love than with a magical unicorn-themed shoebox? This idea is super easy and budget-friendly, as all the supplies can be found at your local Dollar Tree. All you need is a shoebox, some colorful paper, faux flowers, and of course a styrofoam cone for the horn. Let your child’s imagination run wild as they decorate their shoebox with rainbows, stars, and of course, glitter!

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Princess Castle decorated with sequins and rhinestones


For all the little princesses out there, this shoebox idea is perfect! All you need is a shoebox, some construction paper, sequins, and rhinestones. Cut out a door and windows from the construction paper, and make towers with toilet paper rolls. Let your child decorate the castle with the sparkly sequins and rhinestones. You can even add a little flag on top with your child’s name on it. It’s a shoebox fit for a princess!

Cute Fox Valentine Box

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This adorable fox shoebox is perfect for those who love animals. All you need is a shoebox, red and white paint, and some glitter paper. For the fox’s face, use a big heart shape and glue it onto the shoebox. Then, cut out two ears and a tail and glue them on. Your child can use markers or crayons to draw on eyes and make glitter details like ribbons. It’s a simple yet cute idea that your child will love!

Valentine shoebox decorating ideas for boys

Last-minute Dinosaur Valentine Box

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If you’re short on time and need a quick and easy shoebox idea, this one’s for you. All you need is a shoebox, tape or glue, and some adorable instant download printables from Etsy (like these here). Simply cut out the printables, glue them onto the box, and voilà! You have a super cool and unique Valentine box that any boy would love to receive.

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Penguin Valentine box

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This one is perfect for those who want to add a bit of cuteness to their child’s Valentine’s Day. Again, all you need is a shoebox, some black, white and red construction paper, and some cute googly eyes. This one might take a bit more time to put together, but the end result is totally worth it. Plus, your child will have the cutest Valentine box in their class!


For all the little monster lovers out there, we have the perfect Valentine box idea for you. This monster Valentine box is so easy to make and requires minimal supplies. You can let your child get creative and design their own monster.

We hope these shoebox decorating ideas were helpful and that you have fun creating your own for Valentine’s Day. Remember, it’s the thought and effort that counts, so don’t stress too much about making.