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Valentine Day’s boxes for School with Plaid crafts!

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with PLAID CRAFTS and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

 

I have been diying my own valentine boxes since I was a kid! and my favorite two things to use when making them is cardboard boxes and Apple Barrel Paints–so let’s get crafty this Valentine’s Day with Plaid Crafts!

Valentine box for school with plaid crafts

I love to use boxes…cause i have tons (perks of being a blogger! lots of fun mail!) You just need to peel off all the tape and stickers.

peel off stickers

I use hot glue to seal it back up….so you don’t have to try to paint over the glossy tape!

Next: make sure to put in a notch for the valentines to go (I like to make them big enough that my hand can fit in!

cut a spot for valentines

If you are using really light colors, I like to give my box a coat of white to begin with–It really makes the colors POP (ironically…I use the same technique when painting my nails! Paint them white first and then put the light color on…it really intensifies the color!)

box for school valentines

I didn’t do it for the jail…And the silver still looks GREAT! but I did do it on the Minecraft box!

The jail box takes a  little muscle.  Box cutters will be your best friend! Just cut some rectangles out!

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Then grab your paint! apple barrel paint start with the inside–painted the back wall and ground with red….then the bars got a coat of pure silver! paint the inside first Then I had to add a hand painted heart criminal to sit behind the bars! heart painted for valentine box

I used pipe cleaners so I could tie him to the bars. peek a bo valentine behind bars

I actually used the rectangles that I had cut out to line the bottom and the top for a more finished look! And added a sign!

valentine jail for school

hand painted valentine box the Minecraft box requires no cutting (other than the top to slip the valentines in!)

plaid paint fun and funky valentines

I just used a ruler to mark out a grid!  minecraft how to

Then took all different shades of green and started painting! I mixed and added white to some and yellow to some and brown to some to get all different shades! (the red dots is where the face was going!)

paint minecraft box

MINECRAFT CREEPER HEAD

creeper head This kid is so excited! He’s going to keep it for a room decoration (and will probably cut out the bottom and use it for a mask on Halloween!) minecraft head diy

I also painted a clash of clans head on a box….(this was just the box that I was putting his present in for his birthday) But you easily could cut out his mouth to slip the valentines in!!!

clash of clans

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About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.