Learn how to make a DIY Train Valentine Box out of basic household items and just a few festive holiday embellishments!
DIY Valentine 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 box for their class party.
Since Rowan has been obsessed with trains for most of his young life, 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!
One of the best things about this upcycled Valentine 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!:
- Red gift wrap
- Red glitter heart picks
- Red and pink felt heart stickers
- Metallic pipe cleaners
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):
- Empty cardboard boxes and tubes
- Gift wrap tape & double-sided tape
- Washi tape
- Styrofoam discs
- Aluminum foil
- Stuffing from a stuffed animal with a ripped seam (yep, sure did)
- Hot glue
- Jewelry wire
- Silhouette Cameo
- White vinyl
- White & silver polka dot gift wrap
Here are the main components that I scavenged from around the house:
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.
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.
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.
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 add a steam effect to this steamie. It was given a little structure with some jewelry wire, and the heart picks that would come later also kept it in place.
Some final touches were also added, like vinyl decals (so everyone would know this was Rowan’s train), heart felt stickers, a cattle catcher up front (just an aluminum foil-covered Bagel Bites box piece), and two smaller front wheels (plastic caps from one of the cardboard shipping tubes).
Rowan’s Final Train Valentine Box!
And here’s how Rowan’s Love Train Valentine box looks after being fully assembled and accessorized!
Needless to say, he was pretty excited to take it to school for his class party. :)
Not bad for a $5 upcycled school project!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Valentine’s Day!