Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this adorable Unicorn Valentine Box is the perfect way for the kids to collect all those cards at school!
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I have a confession to make. A couple years ago I made a unicorn valentine box but it didn’t look anything like it was supposed to. I’d totally screwed it up!
I wanted beautiful long unicorn lashes but when I drew them, they were totally crooked (in retrospect, I should have started with pencil!). When I tried to fix them, they looked even worse.
In the end, I made big foam eyes to cover the eyes. Then I added the snout because the eyes looked strange all on their own. It wasn’t awful but definitely didn’t look like what I’d had planned. It only took two years but I finally made a new one with the pretty lashes! Better late than never, right?
Unicorn Valentine Box
Because enough people like the original, I’m going to leave it here too (just scroll to the bottom to see it). But the new one gets top billing, just because it’s my favorite!
- Grab a cereal box and the pink construction paper.
- Starting at the back edge, wrap the construction paper around your box, using hot glue to secure it in place. Don't forget to cover the top and bottom of the box too.
- Use an Exacto knife to cut a hole in the back for the valentine cards.
- Draw the lashes with pencil, then color in with a black marker. If you are having trouble drawing the lashes, one trick is to find some you like online, print them, cut them out, then use them as tracers.
- Cut a half circle out of gold glitter cardstock. This one was approximately 10" in diameter.
- Starting with one corner, roll the cardstock into a horn shape.
- Secure with hot glue.
- The bottom of your horn will be uneven so you'll need to grab your scissors to cut the excess so it will fit flush against the box.
- Use hot glue to attach the unicorn horn to the top of the valentine box.
- Cut two pink ears out of craft foam, then cut smaller white ones to fit on the inside of the ear.
- Glue the white piece to the pink piece, then use hot glue to attach the ears to the unicorn box. Add flowers.
- Continue to glue hot flowers all along the top of the box and down the right side. Once you've attached enough flowers, your unicorn valentine box is ready or school!
While I linked to flowers on Amazon, you'll find the best choices at Dollar Tree or Walmart.
The old one was okay but I’m totally in love with this new one. It turned out exactly the way I wanted it to!
Valentine Box #2
If you like the new one but would still rather make the original, here are the original instructions…
- 1 cereal or snack box
- 3 9×12 pink foam sheets for the box
- 1 sheet pink foam for the snout (bonus if it’s a different shade of pink from above)
- white foam sheet*
- blue foam sheet*
- black foam sheet*
- 1 sheet gold glitter card stock
- Artificial flowers (I get mine from Dollar Tree or Walmart)
- Heart shaped stickers or hearts cut from foam
*You only need a small piece so scraps from previous projects may work too
I found these Welch’s Fruit Snack Boxes were the perfect size for this Valentine’s Box.
Start by covering your box with the pink foam sheets.
Use a razer to cut a hole in the back for the cards (this is best done by mom or dad).
Take some of the leftover pink foam and the white foam and cut pieces for ears.
Glue them together using the hot glue.
Trace a circle on the back of the gold glitter card stock. You can do it freehand but I like to find something to trace. I used a glass bowl for this one.
You’ll only need half the circle so to make it easy, I just cut out the whole circle, then cut it in half (save the other half though because it might come in handy for another craft…maybe a Unicorn Pumpkin)
Roll the half circle into a cone shape and hot glue it in place.
Putting It All Together
Hot glue the horn, then the ears, to the top of the box.
Don’t forget to cut the hole in the back of the box. I always mean to do this first but usually remember about halfway through the project!
Next it was time for my favorite part! I had a ton of fake flowers that I’d collected from the dollar stores. I might have gone a little overboard!
Little by little I glued them to the box to form the unicorn’s mane. I started at the top…
then glued them down the side.
Next, cut out some eyes. You’ll need two white circles, two slightly smaller blue circles and two black circles. I used a small glass, a shot glass and a quarter as tracers (I have no faith in my ability to draw a perfect circle without help!) I also cut out two small pieces for a “reflection”.
For the snout, I cut out a piece of pink foam and used some heart-shaped foam stickers that I happened to have on hand. You can cut out your own if you don’t have stickers. I started with pink but ended up using red stickers.
Glue the eyes together, then the snout, and glue them to the front of the box.
When I was positioning the blue of the eyes, it hung over the sides of the white a little. I positioned the pieces how they looked best, glued, then turned it over and trimmed off the extra (so the blue ended up with a slightly oval shape). This is a lot easier than trying to cut the perfect shape before gluing.
Now you have a super cute Unicorn Valentine Box for Valentine’s Day!
If you really want to make it easy, you can forget the foam in front and make a face like the one I made on my Unicorn Pumpkin. I love that look too but just wanted to try something different this time.
More Valentine Box Ideas
You might also like these Valentine Box ideas:
- Baby Yoda Valentine Box (with matching Valentine cards)
- Among Us Valentine Box
- Monster Book Of Monsters Valentine Box
- Harry Potter Valentine Box
- Owl Valentine Box
- Panda Valentine Box
- LEGO Valentine Box
- Chewbacca Valentine Box
- Unicorn Valentine Box
- Dog Valentine Box
- Heart Shaped Valentine Box
- SpongeBob Valentine Box
- Shopkins TV Valentine Box
- Donut Valentine Box
- Minion Valentine Box
- Cat Valentine Box
- Shopkins Calculator Valentine Box
More Valentine’s Day Crafts And Treats
You can even keep the theme going with these yummy Unicorn Kiss Cookies.
Want some tasty Valentine’s Day treats? Share these with someone you love!
Mini Valentine Cake (with a sweet surprise inside)