4 Easy + Adorable DIY Valentine's Day Boxes

You've still got time to craft one of these last-minute card holders.

Related To:

If you totally forgot about your child's classroom Valentine exchange, don't panic. We've got you covered with four adorable DIY card box ideas you can make in minutes with items you likely already have on hand. Check out all four fun ideas, then scroll to the end of this post to get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Live.

Sparkly Unicorn

Valentine's Day Unicorn Box

Valentine's Day Unicorn Box

Photo by: Liz Gray

Liz Gray

Wrapping paper + card stock + washi tape = the cutest V-Day box ever.

Emoji Bucket

Valentine's Day Emoji Box

Valentine's Day Emoji Box

Photo by: Liz Gray

Liz Gray

A Chinese food box or any square box with a handle is perfect for this picture-worthy project.

Not-So-Scary Monsters

Valentine's Day Monster Boxes

Valentine's Day Monster Boxes

Photo by: Liz Gray

Liz Gray

Wrapping paper, cardstock, foam spheres and a little imagination are all you need to turn empty tissue boxes into these kooky creatures.

Tic-Tac-Toe Game Box

Valentine's Day Heart Game Box

Valentine's Day Heart Game Box

Photo by: Liz Gray

Liz Gray

Use washi tape to easily transform the lid of a plain box into a game board the kiddos can play with after passing out cards.

Make This: DIY Valentine Card Boxes, 4 Ways

22 DIY Valentine's Day Gifts

See All Photos

Candy Necklace Valentines

Let kids make homemade valentines this year using strawberry licorice laces and gummy ring candy, creating edible necklaces their friends will love to devour. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Easy Hand-Knit Kids' Scarf

Keep your little one nice and warm this season with a hand-knit scarf that's perfect for beginning knitters. Add a plush fabric heart pin for that extra-special touch. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Heart-Shaped Phrase Pillow

Dress up the sofa or bed with a pillow that says "I love you" all year round. Use patterned fabric and a stylish embellishment to make a special decor piece that pops and makes a statement. Get the step-by-step instructions.

String Art Heart

Say those three magic words with a handcrafted string art heart. The best part? Your gift recipient can display the artwork in their home year round. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Paper Heart Garland/Chandelier

Sew paper hearts together to create a whimsical chandelier that will certainly help set the mood during a romantic meal for two. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Glitter Champagne Flutes

Dress up your Valentine's Day dinner by adding a little sparkle to basic champagne flutes. Set them out for special occasions — or just because. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Jeff Romaniuk

DIY Takeout Treat Box

Surprise your sweetheart with a crafty Chinese takeout box full of white chocolate-dipped fortune cookies covered in candy heart-shaped sprinkles. That's better than real takeout any day. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Sequin-Covered Cupid's Arrow Wreath

Not sure how to say "be mine"? Let this sequin-covered wreath do the talking. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Photo by Jeff Romaniuk

Love Letters

Use inexpensive chipboard or wooden letters to spell out a sweet word for your valentine. Colorful, patterned scrapbook paper dresses up each letter, creating a memorable, year-round mantel or wall display. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Etched Wineglasses

Spice up a romantic tablescape with customized etched glasses that feature pet names, inside jokes, hearts or phrases just between the two of you. That's definitely a gift you can't find in stores. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Upcycled Heart T-Shirt Dress

Turn two old t-shirts into a child's play dress. Use a heart stamp and fabric ink to add a holiday-inspired pattern she can wear for the big day and all year round, too. Get the step-by-step instructions on DIYNetwork.com.

Love Bugs

Use fabric scraps to make these stuffed heart-shaped love bugs that are small enough to fit inside your little one's lunchbox. Get the step-by-step instructions from DIYNetwork.com.

Heart-Shaped Wreath

Wrap thick yarn around a heart-shaped foam wreath, and create an arrow embellishment using a dowel rod and felt pieces. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: J. Muckle

Countdown Paper Chain

Count down the days until Valentine's Day with a pink and red chain made from paper hearts. Starting February 1st, tear off a heart each day until the 14th. Get the step-by-step instructions on DIYNetwork.com.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2013

Play Dough Valentines

Skip the cheesy, store-bought valentines this year, and give these homemade gifts a try. Use a simple play dough recipe and a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and package each individually in glassine bags. Kids and classmates will love their crafted surprise. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Pretty Paper Flowers

Use color and patterned paper flowers add style to Valentine's Day gifts, attire and hairpieces. All you need is paper, scissors and a hot-glue gun to churn out these blooming beauties. Get the step-by-step instructions on DIYNetwork.com.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2013

His + Her Throw Pillows

You'll never have to claim your side of the bed ever again with these personalized his-and-her throw pillows. Get the step-by-step instructions on DIYNetwork.com.

Doily Treat Cup for Kids

Turn inexpensive paper doilies into sweet treat cups perfect for filling with candy or a cupcake. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Hand-Dyed Bouquet

You can never go wrong with flowers. Give them a handmade touch by hand-dying a bouquet in your sweetheart's favorite color(s). Get the step-by-step instructions.

Neon-Dipped Flowerpot

Dress up a simple ceramic flowerpot with bold and colorful neon paint. Use painter's tape to add color to just the bottom for a color-block look. Add their favorite flower or succulent to brighten up a cold winter garden.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Lexy Ward of The Proper Pinwheel

Doily Dream Catcher

Use meaningful, secondhand pieces to create a one-of-a-kind dream catcher for a loved one. Pretty decorative accessories, like feathers, stones and heirloom jewelry, will make the perfect customized gift. Get the step-by-step instructions.

© 2012 Etsy.com

Playful Cupcake Toppers

Give homemade cupcakes an even sweeter touch with personalized toppers. Cut out heart shapes, add a message for your valentine and embellish with rhinestones, glitter or ribbon. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Keep Reading

Next Up

20 Mother's Day Cards She's Sure to Love

Need a little help telling Mom how much you appreciate her? Start here.

DIY Hand Warmers: Give the Gift of Toasty Fingers

Make these stocking stuffers for the always-cold person(s) on your list.

Make DIY Play Dough Adults Will Love, Too

Mix up a batch of this essential oil-scented dough and feel the stress melt away.

Celebrate National Scrabble Day With 4 Fun Crafts

Put a creative spin on your love for word play with these Scrabble-inspired DIYs.

DIY Stocking Stuffer: Make Cute Constellation Notebooks for All Your Friends

We're still in love with trendy constellation motifs. Get the look for less with this easy DIY notebook perfect for stuffing a stocking.

10 New DIY Skills You Can Learn Online This Year

Dying to conquer hand lettering or floral arranging this year? Try one of these online courses!

'On the Loom' Book Preview + Fall-Inspired Branch Weaving DIY

This isn't your grandmother's weaving book.

11 Easy Crafts You Can Tackle in Four Quarters of Football

Make the most of football Saturdays with these 11 easy crafts you can do while cheering on your favorite team. Get crafting with HGTV.com.

Tangled Cords? DIY Cord Taco to the Rescue!

Give the gift of organized headphones with this chic, leather cord taco.

Meet the Team

Get to know the talented writers and editors of HGTV's show and design blog. 

Go Behind the Blog

From the Archives

Take a look back at our past posts, from entertaining and design trends to up-and-coming HGTV shows.  

Read All Our Past Posts