How to Make a Unicorn Valentine Box in Less Than an Hour

Make an adorable valentine card box with materials you probably already have.

Project Overview
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

After you've crafted DIY Valentine's Day cards and the snacks are ready, finish preparing for a classroom card exchange by creating this adorable valentine box. We'll show you how to create this Valentine's Day card box from a cardboard shipping package using crêpe paper to give it new life. Remember to add a hole for easy card collecting, and give your unicorn box magical embellishments like a gold horn, pretty felt flowers, and eyelashes made with whatever materials you have on hand.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Crafts knife
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun


  • Cardboard box
  • Crepe paper or wrapping paper
  • Black cardstock
  • Assorted felt sheets
  • Metallic gold cardstock


Unicorn theme Valentine Box

How to Make a Unicorn Valentine's Day Box

Follow these easy directions to make a cute valentine box for a kid's classroom exchange. Plus, you can make this valentine holder at the last minute—the project takes just 30 minutes.

  1. Cut and Cover Box

    Start this clever Valentine's Day craft by choosing a cardboard box that's the right size for a card collection. You can use a shoe box or reuse an old shipping box—any cardboard container that's large enough to hold cards will work. Stand the box up on one of the shorter sides and use a craft knife to cut a hole in the top. Cut a long rectangle that measures just over 5 inches long and about an inch wide, so all standard cards and envelopes will fit.

    To cover the box, use a large sheet of crêpe paper to wrap the box just as you would a gift, securing the edges with hot glue at the back and on the bottom. To wrap the top without covering the hole you made for valentine, fold each of the four flaps into the hole and secure to the underside of the top with more hot glue. You may need to make a few extra cuts to trim excess paper.

  2. Add Toppers

    Every unicorn needs a horn! Make a simple cone by rolling metallic gold cardstock and hot-gluing to hold the seam together at the back. Glue the horn to the top of the box, then cover the base with felt flowers. This sweet gold and pink color scheme is adorable, but you can use any color of cardstock and felt for your box.

  3. Make a Face

    Finish your unicorn card box by giving it a fun face. You can use felt, paper, markers, or paint to give your unicorn a one-of-a-kind look. Use black cardstock to make eyelashes and cut circles from pink felt to make rosy cheeks. Secure your embellishments with glue and let them dry completely before taking the box to school for a Valentine's Day card exchange.

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