Craft Maniack Craft Creative Hearts: DIY Painted Valentine’s Day Box

Creative Hearts: DIY Painted Valentine’s Day Box

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Growing up, one of my favorite Valentine’s Day activities was designing and decorating Valentine’s Day boxes. These boxes were such treasures for me! Usually, they were made of cardboard with various ornaments from magazines and colored paper. Unfortunately, they didn’t hold up very well because of the materials. After all, they were buried and crushed in the camp under a number of trifles.

I doubt that my story sounds familiar to many of you. Valentine’s Day boxes are full of personality and character, so it’s sad that they are only used for one day! After that, most of the time they go to the storage room or to the trash can. Today we have the perfect solution: discover our DIY-painted Valentine’s Box!

From Valentine’s Day to the handkerchief

We are passionate about this tissue box hack to make a cute and durable Valentine’s box! From valentines to paper tissues, this do-it-yourself-painted Valentine’s Box does practically everything. Consisting of an unfinished wooden handle box as a base, this Valentine’s box is sturdier than its average cardboard counterparts, not to mention more versatile. Use it for Valentine’s Day, then save it as a keepsake box for other special items throughout the year. And okay, let’s get down to business. Maybe you should just use it for its intended purpose: a tissue box?! This is the perfect solution if you want to keep your beautiful Valentine’s box a little longer.

We also like the fact that this is a great DIY that you can do with your children in preparation for your school’s Valentine’s Day celebrations. The designs are simple enough that your older children can handle them well, and you can let your little ones go to the city as they wish! This is a fun family activity for matures and children.

For our hand-painted Valentine’s box, we made two variations: one with an adorable cherry pattern and the other in large bold stripes with blue accents. Recently we have been loving blue accents. We thought it would be the perfect choice for boxes! This is a great alternative to greenery, which is often associated with Valentine’s decor. We also wanted our creations to be versatile enough to be used after Valentine’s Day, so we didn’t want anything too related to the day of love. We loved the result!

I just have to mention a few features about these boxes. First of all, the practical hole on the top! It is designed as a hole for removing handcuffs and also serves as a convenient hole for throwing valentines into it. It is large enough to hold a variety of Valentine sizes, but small enough to be included. The other feature that I should mention is the practical stretch bottom of these babies! You don’t need to put your hand through the hole to take out the valentines (or insert a new tissue box).

How to make your own DIY-painted Valentine’s Day box

For the materials needed to make these easy DIY-painted Valentine’s Day boxes, check out our materials list above! Once you have gathered your materials, you are ready to go.

Preparing Your Workplace

You need to prepare your workplace before starting, especially if you are doing it with children.

First of all, put newspaper on your work surface (you don’t want to paint everything)! Feel free to paste it if you wish.
Gather your supplies and arrange them.
Get a cup of water and a few paper towels. You will use them for your brushes.
Preparation Of Your Boxes
To prepare your boxes, remove the lower sections of the two boxes. You want these to be separated while painting.
For the striped box, divide each side of the box into thirds and mark them with thin pencil lines. Glue all the two strips (so that you can paint all the red strips at the same time) and you are ready to start your first color! (Note: it helps if you are very precise with the lines here, because it makes painting much easier.

Painting the bases

This part is simple. Paint both bases completely blue with the foam brush (try to match the color we use if you want or choose a color of your choice). Wait for one layer to dry, then make another layer so that the color is beautiful and full.

Paint Your Cherry Box

For the cherry box, first paint the thin blue strip around the inside of the opening. Try to be as accurate as possible, but if you get it wrong, you can paint it with the cream.
When the blue paint is dry, use a foam brush to paint the entire box in a cream primer. Be careful not to spoil the blue on the inner edge!
When the paint is dry, use our box as a reference to color the cherry pattern on all sides. We painted blue at the very bottom to match the blue bottom plate insert.
Once you are satisfied with the placement of your pattern, paint the pattern! Use the smaller brushes to work more accurately with your details. We recommend that you make the cherries first, then the stems, then the leaves. (Note: It is useful to wait for the paint to dry before starting a new painting so as not to accidentally stain your masterpiece).
When the paint is completely dry, you can put the bottom plate back in place.
You’re done!

Painting the scratched box

For the stripe box, you should have already entered another strip so that you are ready to paint the first color. We started with red and made a few coats.
When you’re done with the red, let it dry, peel off the tape and stick tape on the red sections so you can paint the pink. Again, we made two coats. While painting the pink stripes, we also painted the pink border around the top opening. Make a few layers here and as accurately as possible. Don’t worry, though – anything you mess up can be painted over if you do the blue on it.
When the pink paint is dry, you can peel off the ribbon and stick a line around the top of the box, making sure that it is level with the upper edges.
Now you can paint the blue in the upper part without worrying about it bleeding on the sides! Be careful not to paint over the pink border that you just painted.
Next, paint the bottom of the box blue and glue the bottom edges so as not to spoil the already painted strips. Now, when you insert the bottom plate, the entire bottom of the box should be Blue.
You’re done!

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