We have loved February 14 since our first doily-glued-to-a-red-card that we crafted for our classmates in the first grade. Every year since, we’ve covered our kitchen tables, desks or floors with supplies and materials weeks in advance while we work on our valentines. This year, in addition to handmade cards we’re sending in the mail, we put together some 3D valentines.
We used cigar boxes in different shapes and sizes and filled them with candy, homemade heart cookies or flowers, depending on the size — and the recipient! We collect cigar boxes, but if you have a cigar store nearby, they often sell (or even giveaway) boxes. Put these together for your best friend, mom, sister or sweetie, and you’ll find that they’re as much fun to make as they are to give away. —
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- cigar boxes
- red acrylic paint
- wax paper
- assorted decorative papers, fabrics, ribbons
- black pen
- white paper
- treats! (candy, cookies, flowers, a small gift)
1. Collect cigar boxes (or really any sturdy boxes that can stand up to paint), and paint them red! We chose to paint the inside or tops for an accent, but you could paint the entire box, or use stencils to paint an initial or heart.
2. Write valentine messages on long strips of paper to include in the box. Curl the paper by rolling it around your finger so that it curves across the top of the box.
3. Cut pieces of wax paper to fit in the box if filling it with candy or cookies. Then fill with goodies! If you’re using flowers, cut the stems super short to fit; we had a larger box that fit two small square vases filled with roses.
4. Secure each box and wrap them with pretty papers, fabrics and ribbons. (Be careful if you’re wrapping flowers — don’t turn the box upside down!)