This SpongeBob Valentine box is perfect for little SpongeBob fans! Crafty kids can even make it on their own with this easy, free printable template.
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Harry Potter fans can even make a Monster Book Of Monsters Valentine Box from Harry Potter, which may just be one of my favorite crafts ever. This year I gave a SpongeBob Valentine Box a try and love the way it turned out! It was even easier than I thought and and with this printable template, kids can easily trace all the pieces and do it on their own.
SpongeBob Valentine Box
Ready to get started? You’ll need a few supplies…
12 oz cereal box (if you use a bigger box, you’ll need bigger yellow craft foam sheets)
(3) 9″x12″ Yellow craft foam sheets
(1) 9″x12″ Craft foam sheets in each of the following colors: White/Pink/Brown/Lt. Blue/Lt. Green/Black/Red*
String or yarn, approx 4-6 inches
Bead, button or marble – a spare button will work just fine)
*You won’t use the entire foam sheet for most of these shapes so if you have scraps from a previous project, you may be able to use those instead.
Start by printing out the templates. Once you’ve done that, there’s two ways you can go. Kids can color the shapes and cut them out (the easiest way) or they can cut out the template and trace the shapes onto craft foam (my example). Scroll down to use the pictures below as a guide to which color foam goes with each piece.
Just click on the templates to print.
Now grab your cereal box and yellow foam. You can do this craft with a bigger box but if you do, you’ll need bigger foam sheets.
Trace around the box to make pieces to cover the back, the two sides and the top of the box. I didn’t cover the bottom because I didn’t want it to be wobbly when it was standing up straight.
Glue the foam pieces to the sides and back of the box.
Making The Openings
Using an X-ACTO knife or razer, cut a flap in the back. This is so you can get the cards and candy out.
I used a glass marble to make the fastener but you can use whatever you have on hand…a button, a metal fastener, etc.
Pull the string through the box (you can use a large needle if you need to), then tie a knot in the end to keep it in place. You can use a hole puncher or scissors if you don’t have a needle.
Next glue the glass piece in place and once the glue dried, wrap the string around it to hold the flap shut. When you are gluing the glass piece, button or whatever you choose to use, be sure you don’t glue it flat against the box. Use a big dab of hot glue and don’t push it all the way down. You’ll want to be able to wrap the string around it.
Cut a slot in the top of the box so friends can deliver their Valentines.
Making The Body
Now it’s time for the front. Before gluing the last piece of foam, you can scallop the edges slightly. Once you do that, glue the foam to the box, making the bottom edge flush with the bottom of the box. The other three edges extend slightly over the sides.
Approximately 1/3 up the side of the box, cut the yellow foam so that it’s even with the sides. Leave the top 2/3rds extending out. This will give the SpongeBob valentine box a defined head.
Cut equal size strips of white and brown foam to make the shirt and the pants. Glue them on, with the white above the brown.
Glue the belt pieces, then the tie. Finally, use a black marker to make the collar. I drew it with pencil first to make sure it was even.
Making The Face
Now it’s time for the face. The eyelashes are pretty easy so you won’t find those on the template (it’s actually easier NOT to trace them).
Place all the pieces on the yellow foam without gluing, to get a feel for how you want it laid out. Then you can start by gluing the mouth, the teeth and the tongue.
Now it’s time for the eyes. Glue the blue circles inside the large white ones, slightly off-center (see picture), then glue the black circles inside those. Glue the eyes, then the eyelashes, to the yellow foam.
Since I cut the shapes out without a template (I made it afterwards), I used black marker to outline the nose so that it didn’t completely blend in. Then I glued that too, slightly overlapping the bottom of the eyes.
Before adding the cheeks, I used a hot pink marker (red works too) to outline it and draw the dots. I also used a black marker for the smile line. The girls and I both thought the cheeks looked like sad little faces but it totally works here.
Glue the cheeks to the outer corners of the mouth.
Finally glue the green circles and ovals around the face.
That’s it…easy, right? You now have your very own SpongeBob Valentine Box!
If your kid likes Sponge Bob, they’ll love bringing this guy to school for Valentine’s Day!
Next up? Chewbacca! Since I had extra fur left over from the Monster Book Of Monsters and Chewbacca also happens to be my five year old’s favorite character, it just makes sense!
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