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This Flamingo Valentine’s Day Box is a fun craft to make for a unique Valentine’s Day card box. While it does take a bit of time the box is fun to make. Cakey loves flamingos so of course this Valentine’s Day card box was her idea. She choose the ombré colors and did a lot of the work too.
Flamingo Valentine’s Day Box
While I had a lot of the supplies on hand, I picked up the pink card stock at Micheal’s.
- Shoe box
- Pink card stock – we used multiple shades of pink for the ombré colors
- Orange card stock
- Empty paper towel roll
- 2 empty toilet paper rolls
- 1.5 inch googly eyes
- 2.5 inch heart hole punch
- Craft glue
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- 4 bamboo skewers
- Packing tape
- Box cutter
- Letter stickers or a sharpie
To make the base:
- Start by cutting a 1/2 inch by 3 inch slot on the top of the shoe box.
- Next cut a small square in the center front of the shoe box.
- Do not tape the box closed. Leave it open to make it easier to wrap the hearts on and remove the cards later.
- Hot glue the 4 skewers together.
- Insert the skewers into the small hole in the front of the box.
- Hot glue the skewers to the inside bottom and side of the box.
- Run a thick line of hot glue up the skewers that stick out of the box.
- Then slide the empty paper towel roll over the skewers and push against the hot glue.
- Apply hot glue around the bottom of the paper towel roll. Secure with packing tape to add more stability.
- Next hot glue 1 toilet paper roll to the top of the paper towel roll. Align the end of the toilet paper roll with the edge of the paper towel roll.
- Wrap packing tape around the joint to secure it better.
- Use packing tape to attach the second toilet paper roll at an angle to the first.
- First apply the packing tape on the inside of both the rolls. Then align the toilet paper roll so it is hanging down and apply the packing tape all around the outside of the rolls where they meet.
- Allow the box to dry.
- Start by cutting a piece of orange card stock in half.
- Next roll one piece into a cone like shape just make sure it will fit on the lower toilet paper roll before taping closed. This will be the hooked end of the beak.
- Tape the hooked end of the beak onto the lower toilet paper roll.
- Run a line of craft glue along the lower toilet paper roll. Then wrap the other piece of orange card stock around the toilet paper roll. Make sure to over lap a bit around the hooked end.
- If needed cut slits in the paper to help it lay down better. Secure any slits with packing tape.
- Using the heart hole punch, cut out a stack of 20 hearts in the darkest pink card stock.
- Starting at the edge of the beak attach the hearts to the toilet paper rolls using craft glue in a row.
- Continue gluing down the hearts in rows around the toilet paper rolls slightly overlapping the hearts. Repeat until you run out of hearts.
- Punch out 20 or so more hearts and continue layering them in rows around the head and then down the neck.
- Once you reach the box continue layering the hearts in rows to cover the top of the box. Make sure to fold the hearts over the edges of the card slot and the sides of the box.
- Switch to your second color when you finish the top of the box.
- Then punch out 20 or so more hearts in your second color and start layering them in rows around the sides of the box. Make sure to fold the hearts over on the edges of the sides of the box.
- Punch out more hearts if needed to complete 2 rows in the second color.
- Repeat with your third and fourth colors.
- Fill in the last row or so with your fifth color (the lightest one). Finally flip the box upside down and cover the bottom of the box if desired.
- Allow the box to dry while you work on the other pieces.
For the wings:
- Cut two large half heart shapes for the wings out of card stock.
- Fold the straight edge of the wings over about 1/2 inch.
- Use hot glue to attach the wings to the sides of the box.
- Then punch out some more hearts and layer the hearts in the same pattern around the wings. Completely 1 or 2 rows of each color to cover the wings and match up with the body’s pattern.
- Attach the googly eyes with hot glue to the sides of the head.
- Use a marker or letter stickers to write the child’s name on the box.
- Finally use a piece of packing tape to hold the box closed.
This Flamingo Valentine’s Day Box is simply cute. Cakey had so much fun creating her ombré pattern, using the heart hole punch, assembling the box, and adding her name to the box. While this is a hard for younger kids to do on their own it is fairly easy to do in about an hour and half together.
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Have a great day!
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