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Cereal boxes converted into Valentine Mailboxes for Kids at school

Monster Valentine Mailboxes of the Not So Scary Kind!

By Brenda Ponnay

Kids make Valentine Mailboxes these days for the exchanging of and receiving class valentines. So, we thought we’d get in the mix and make some MONSTER Valentine Mailboxes! Because we LOVE monsters!

cereal box and ping pong balls as supplies for Valentine Mailbox craft

Supplies needed to make our Monster Valentine Mailbox

  • a cereal box
  • an exacto knife or blade (to be used by responsible adult and/or experienced crafter)
  • two ping pong balls
  • paint
  • sharpie marker
  • white yardstick
  • hot glue (to be used by responsible adult and/or experienced crafter)

Let’s get started!

How to make our Monster Valentine Mailbox

Step 1: First you will need to cut up your cereal box. Make your first cut across the front a little more than half way through the box, like so:

cutting cereal box to craft Valentine Mailbox for kids

Then continue the cut along  both sides of your box but not to the back. This will create the monster’s mouth and mailbox lid. Open the box and cut off the side flaps. Then score the box lid along the backside to create a crease so the box lid folds over and another score across where the box flap folds over your box.

Didn’t get all that? See illustration below:

illustration on how to make a Valentine Mailbox from a recycled cereal box

Step 2: Now it’s time to paint! You’ll want to paint your box before you add the monster teeth and eyes, of course.

boy painting his cereal box into a Valentine Mailbox

Paint, paint paint! Any color and texture will do. Go ahead and get sloppy. Monsters are messy!

putting heart, paper teeth and ping pong eyes on Monster Valentine Mailbox craft

Step 3: Once your box is dry, cut out some lumpy teeth out of a piece of white cardstock. Glue the teeth to the back of your mailbox flap like so (see above).

Step 4: Then attach your ping pong balls for eyes. Hot glue works best here so make sure to have a responsible adult and/or experienced crafter do that part. Draw black dots on the middle of the ping pong balls for irises.

Step 5: Add a heart in the center of the box for Valentines Day and you have an adorable MONSTER VALENTINE MAILBOX!

painted Monster Valentine Mailbox crafted from recycled cereal cereal box

So cute, right? You’re going to want to fill them up with Valentines asap! Nom nom.

More Classroom Valentine Ideas here:

 

About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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