We’re BIG into making Valentine’s Day a special day for even our kids. Making memories and using their imagination is what it’s all about. Transform your shoebox into this Flamingo Valentine Box, a masterpiece any little girl would love! She’ll be tickled pink!
We created this valentine box for our 4th grader last year and it was a huge hit amongst everyone who laid eyes on it. What you need is 1 small square shoebox, hot pink spray paint, blue spray paint, 2 pink feather boas (found at craft store), 3/8 inch dowel, 3/8 inch drill bit, black paint, flamingo head, plywood, and hot glue.
First, you’ll want to spray paint shoebox and lid hot pink. When it’s dry, snip 2 corners of the lid and glue the fold to the box so it can open and close. Using a sharp knife, cut the neck of the plastic flamingo and hot glue to shoebox. Glue boas to box by just wrapping boa around the box and gluing as you go. Leave some room around the rim of the box so it can close. For the lid, I just glued the boa down in a swirl making sure I included the lip of the box.
Cut a piece of plywood the same width of the shoebox. Spray paint it pink. Create 2 holes in the middle of the wood for the dowels. Hot glue the bottom of the box to the wood and place wood towards the front of the body. Cut out a 10 x 10 inch piece of wood for the base and spray paint blue or turquoise. Make 3/8 inch holes in base for legs (dowels). You’ll want to put a couple inches of space between the holes drilled at the base to offer support.
Cut 1 dowel approx 14 inches and the other 15 inches. Paint black. Glue dowels into holes and push for tight fit.
This flamingo still looks great, even 1 year later. And thank goodness because I still have 2 little girls that can use it in the future and save this mama some time!!
Have fun with this and enjoy the light in your child’s eyes when they proudly bring it to school!