VALENTINE'S DAY PORTRAIT MAILBOXES 📬

Kids DIY Projects - VALENTINES DAY PORTRAIT MAILBOXES - All Kids Are Gifted

DIY PROJECTS

I wanted to throw an idea out there that I came up with starting from my husband and I's very first Valentine's Day together. Before my husband and I had our boys I would set up a little mailbox for each of us where we would write fourteen things that we loved about each other, fourteen things for the fourteen days in February before Valentine's Day. It became a fun little thing to open on Valentine's Day either before our date or after, I myself was excited to see what what he would come up with on those little notes. This definitely makes me feel special every year and reading those words of affirmation/love notes coming from my husband really make me happy. Especially when I'm having a rough day and I'm exhausted, opening that little mailbox here and there always puts a smile on my face. 

Kids DIY Projects - VALENTINES DAY PORTRAIT MAILBOXES - All Kids Are Gifted

After babies I decided, why not keep up the now tradition and make little mailboxes for them as well? We started the tradition with them last year and I decided to decorate our boys mailbox with a picture of each of them. In the past I had always just written our names on the front but I really liked the visual effect that their picture had. Plus how adorable are they?! On Valentine's Day before Mama + Daddy went out for our dinner date, I read the fourteen things (even though there's tons more) that I LOVE about each of my babies. They loved it! Our oldest giggled the whole time and I could tell it made him feel really special, our youngest didn't really understand but he laughed along with his brother which is adorable! Here's the recap of our mailboxes from last year! I'm excited to share the ones I've come up with for this year as Valentine's Day draws closer! 

Kids DIY Projects - VALENTINES DAY PORTRAIT MAILBOXES - All Kids Are Gifted

You could make these for Valentine's Day or any occasion really, this year I have already started including the boys even more and having them write (I'll be writing for our youngest!) a few things they love about Mama + Daddy and each other. 

* Mailboxes from Target * Look for them in the dollar spot section, they offer super cute ones every season!

VALENTINE'S DAY ROBOT MAILBOX DIY ❤️

DIY PROJECTS

This super cute Valentine’s Day Robot DIY is a pretty easy Kids’ DIY to make with an adults help, and it will help you start decorating for Valentine’s Day! This projects is also a good idea if you’re a teacher needing a project for your class ... what better to collect adorable Valentine's from your classmates with than these Valentine’s Day Mailboxes? Have fun making these and getting ready for LOVE month! 

DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted

MESSY LEVEL: 1
This project isn't very messy, there is some gluing with the hot glue gun and paper cutting. 

SUPPLIES:

  • 1/2 gallon juice / milk container [ cleaned out ]
  • 16 oz to-go coffee cup [ re-use / reduce?! we did! ]
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue gun + glue sticks
  • Card stock [ in whatever color you choose for robot body ] + mirror card stock [ robot head, arms + legs ]
  • Foam / cardstock sheet [ robot face details ]
  • Decorative Tacks [ robot face details ] You can purchase in bulk HERE
  • Any other metallic supplies you have laying around [ we used New Years noise maker ribbon which was a perfect metallic detail, metallic tape works well too! ]
DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted

1.) First clean out your 1/2 gallon container. Then help your little one cut the top part off along the line (unless he/she is an expert with the scissors, they they can do it themselves.) 

DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted

2.) Next measure and cut a card stock square to fit over the opening you just cut. The color of card stock doesn't matter because you won't see this in the finished product, it's just to close the opening and for re-enforcement. Glue that down with the hot glue gun. 

DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted

3.) After that, help your little one measure a card stock piece in the color you want the robots' body to be and cut it out. We used a 12 x 12 card stock piece, so the piece we measured wrapped around 3 sides of our container and we used the remnants of the card stock to cover the last side. 

DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted

4.) Then wrap your card stock around the container, gluing it down as you go. 

DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted

5.) The next thing we did was measure, cut, and glue a square piece of the mirror card stock to go over the previous layer of card stock square that covered the top. This will end up being the Robots' shoulders. 

DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted

6.) Mark and cut out the bottom part of your cup, this will be your robots' head. We used a glass to help us measure and mark a straight cut all the way around our cup.

7.) Trace a circle around the top side of your newly cut cup onto the back side of your mirror card stock, then cut a circle 1 cm wider than this circle so that it's easier to attach the card stock to your cup (the top of your robots' head). I cut little tabs all around my circle and folded them in which made it easier to glue down to the top of the cup. 

8.) After you glue down the top of your robot's head; measure, cut and wrap a piece of the mirror card stock all around the width of the cup (gluing it down as you go). Then you can glue this to the carton top (this will be your robots head and body).

9.) Cut 4 pieces of mirror card stock 1 inch wide, making 2 pieces 9 inches long and 2 pieces 11 inches long (these will be the arms and legs). Glue to the robots' body. 

// We folded our legs accordion style, then cut + glued pieces of New Years' noise maker ribbon into each fold to make them more fun. The metallic blue went perfectly with our robot and once more: reuse / reduce :) 

10.) Create a face out of sticky foam sheet and attach. I drew it and then cut it out. I had my little man attach it. I also added white puffy paint dots to give the eyes a little of dimension.

DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted

11.) Glue as many decorative tacks as you would like to the top and sides of the head. I also created a little tube with a piece of mirror card stock to lift the top pin, this is optional. You and your little one(s) can decorate your robot as much or as little as you'd like. 

DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted

// Add little pieces of love :)

DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted

// Cuddle with your Valentine's Day Robots + sit them on your favorite shelf, don't forget to revisit the Valentine's inside reminding you how amazingly loved you are.  Have fun making these and tag @allkidsaregifted so that we can see how yours turned out! Can't wait to see!! 

DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - VALENTINE'S DAY SITTING ROBOT - All Kids Are Gifted

OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINE'S 💌

Last year around this time, I was browsing through the kids category on iTunes and my oldest little happened to see the icon for the movie "Cars" flash by. "I want the MCQUEEN movie!" He screamed. I was kind of confused because I was so sure that we've owned that movie for years now, I said "Don't we have that already?" I of course, had to go into our purchased movies to prove to our then 4 year old that I was right, only to find that I was SO wrong. He owns "Cars 2" but not the first movie that was the cause of his obsession with Lightening McQueen for about a year and a half after he turned two. Therefore I bought it (I swore we had it all along) and this started his FULL ON obsession once more. 

Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted

A few days later when we went to look for Valentines' that he could give his friends in class during their Valentine's Day Party he said "I want MCQUEEN Valentine's mom!!". We looked and looked through all the isles but since the super cool car movie hasn't released any new releases recently (until the one coming this summer! Stay tuned loves!!) there were none to be found. I REALLY didn't want to go from store to store and he insisted on being present and hadpicking them himself, so ordering online was out of the question. Therefore, I had to get creative with a good compromise.

We found some "Cars" themed Valentine's stickers and he is also a fan of Hot Wheels cars (raise your hand if your kid has TONS of these tiny things lying around, waiting for you to trip over 🙋🏻) so then it clicked: Hot Wheels Valentines + Cars stickers to seal them! I had seen something on Pinterest where the Mama's / Daddy's did just that and I knew I had supplies stocked to make them easily, so I decided to make our own version of this apparently popular idea. 

Me: "Hey! Why don't you help me pick our a Hot Wheels car for each of your friends, and we can make a small road to tie them to, add some candy, put them into a bag and seal them with your McQueen stickers, yeah?!" 

Connor: "YES MOM THAT'S SO COOL!!!!!"

Cue the car noises and squealing as he goes into full "McQueen" mode and "drives" off en route to the toy isle. I'm feeling SO proud of myself as I run after him, I mean come on! After that reaction? I HAVE to make these with him! After all, how long is he going to think I'm SO right and SO cool?! Gotta take it while I can right?

Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted

I did like this Hot Wheels inspired printable that I found on Pinterest, so I printed some out on card stock and gathered all the rest of the materials I thought would make this project come together. We then got to work and we honestly had SUCH a fun time doing it, I'm so glad we decided to go this route!

Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted
Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted

// All packed up in a CARS bag of course! 

Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted

// Ready for delivery! 📬

Gifted with Creativity — OUR TAKE ON THE HOT WHEELS VALENTINES — All Kids Are Gifted

These were SO fun to make and it made our oldest little man so proud to hand them out + it's another memory for our memory book which I love! Have fun making these, they could be used for so many things: party invites, party favors, or Valentine's day coming up before you know it. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

* it's netflix time! *  

AKAG