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DIY Valentine’s Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!

See how to make a DIY Valentine’s Day card box out of basic household items and a few fun embellishments!

Hop aboard the Love Train this February!

Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!

DIY Valentine’s Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!

My oldest son, Rowan, is in kindergarten this year, and his teacher requested that all the kiddos make or purchase their own festive Valentine’s Day card box for their class party.

Since Rowan has been obsessed with trains for most of his young life (I even turned one of his toy trains into the cuuuutest DIY Christmas ornament), he of course chose a choo-choo for his desired theme…and it had to be ALL ABOUT LOVE.

Here’s what we came up with for his box!

Other DIY Valentine Box Ideas

Over the years since this post was originally published, I’ve ended up creating several more DIY Valentine card boxes for both of my boys.

We’ve covered Baby Yoda, a Creeper from Minecraft, as well as an upcycled animal cookie!

Baby Yoda Valentine Card Box

I’ve also shared LOTS of FREE printables, including a bunch of fun Valentine’s Day card ideas that your kiddo can pass out to all of their classmates and friends, so be sure and check out those too!

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Train Valentine’s Day Card Box Supplies

One of the best things about this upcycled Love Train Valentine’s Day card box is that I only purchased a few inexpensive items specifically for this project (mostly from Dollar Tree), so it was about $5 of new stuff.

That’s it!

The rest of the items I either already had in my craft stash or I found while rummaging through closets or the kitchen.

Sometimes it pays to be a hoarder. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Here are the main components of our DIY Valentine’s Day card box that I scavenged from around the house:

Supplies for a DIY Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!

Valentine’s Day Card Box: Prepping the Train Parts

After cutting out a hole in the large box, I then wrapped both it and the smaller box in some red gift wrap, then covered all the edges with some glittery pink washi tape.

Making a DIY Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!

Next up came the cardboard tubes.

They were cut to size (and the larger one had a hole cut in it for the smaller one to fit inside), then both were also wrapped in gift wrap and embellished with washi tape.

Making a DIY Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!

After covering the six styrofoam discs in aluminum foil, all the main train components were ready for assembly!

I fired up my hot glue gun and then attached all the pieces together.

How to make a DIY Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!

Now it was time to add some flair and accessorize this choo-choo.

Metallic pipe cleaners were added to cover rugged seams on the tubes, and some stuffing was added to give a fun steam effect to this steamie.

A little structure was provided with some jewelry wire, and the heart picks that would come later also kept it in place.

Some final lovey dovey touches were also added, such as:

  • Vinyl decals that I whipped up with my Silhouette Cameo
    • So everyone would know this was *Rowan’s* train
  • Felt heart stickers
  • A cattle catcher up front
    • Just an aluminum foil-covered Bagel Bites box piece
  • Two smaller front wheels
    • Plastic caps from one of the cardboard shipping tubes
Making a Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!

Rowan’s Final Train Valentine’s Day Card Box!

And here’s how Rowan’s Love Train Valentine’s Day card box looks after being fully assembled and accessorized!

Needless to say, he was pretty excited to take it to school for his class party and to also pass out his Baby Yoda & The Mandalorian cards for all of his friends. :)

Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!
Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!
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Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!
Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!
Valentine's Day Card Box: All Aboard the Love Train!

An Upcycled Before-And-After Valentine Box

Not bad for a $5 upcycled school project!

Upcycled DIY Valentine's Day card box!

If You Enjoyed This…

Make sure you check out my other fun school ideas and Valentine’s Day projects!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Chloe

Monday 12th of February 2024

My son’s name is Rowan and he’s in Kindergarten this year. How crazy! I typed “Diy Valentine for teachers” and this came up! I’m painting valentines cards for his whole class!

Christine

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

How neat, Chloe! I'm sure your little Rowan loved passing out his Momma's DIY Valentine's! :)

Jannet

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Love your cute train!

Christine

Monday 23rd of May 2022

Thanks so much, Jannet!

Tyler

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

I love this valentines box!! What did you use the double sided tape for?? I’m attempting to make a similar one to yours so want to see what used all materials for so it stays together!

Hallie

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

@Christine, how did you get the boxes together

Christine

Thursday 27th of January 2022

Hi Tyler! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed this Valentine's Day project! I used the double-sided tape when wrapping the boxes and tubes in the gift wrap so no visible strips of tape would be seen on the final project. I used regular gift wrap tape where the elements would be joined and glued together since you wouldn't see that part anyways. I hope this helps! Have fun creating! :)