How to Make Beach Valentine Mailboxes


A fun tradition at Valentine's Day is to make mailboxes to hold all the wonderful cards you receive. A Valentine's Day mailbox also makes a wonderful homemade craft gift to give someone you love. For a parent or educator looking for a craft to do with children, a Valentine's mailbox could serve the whole family or class. While using a heart motif is traditional when making Valentine's crafts, you could do something different this year by giving your mailbox a beach theme. A beach themed box will set your box apart and it is sure to please anyone who loves to visit the beach.

Step 1

Cut a 3-inch slit in the top of the shoebox lid. Make the slit in the center of the box. Use a ruler to measure out the 3 inches with a pencil. Cut along the penciled line with your scissors.

Step 2

Cover the lid of the mailbox with the sand colored fabric. Secure the fabric underneath the lid at the four corners of the box with the hot glue and glue gun. Then use an Exacto knife to cut a slit in the fabric over the slit in the box. Feel with your fingers to find the spot. Then mark it with a pencil before you cut it.

Step 3

Position some of the small sea shells around the opening of the lid. You don't want to cover the slit, just embellish it. Glue the sea shells into place with the hot glue gun.

Step 4

Cover the outside of the box with the sand colored fabric. Secure the fabric with the hot glue gun. Glue a sand dollar on one end of the box and a starfish on the other.

Step 5

Use the white glue to glue the ribbon along the bottom edge of the box. Glue it all the way around the box. Above the ribbon, you can glue some small sea shells about 2 inches apart all the way around the box.

Step 6

Clip two stalks of the beach grass until they are about 6 inches in length. Use the white glue to glue it to the flat surface on top of the lid. Then glue a stalk to the bottom part of the lid. You can use either the white glue or the glue gun for this part of the craft. Put the lid on top of the box and you are done.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't let children use an Exacto knife or a hot glue gun without supervision.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox with lid
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Exacto knife
  • Sand colored cotton fabric
  • Scissors
  • Invisible tape
  • Sand colored ribbon
  • White school glue
  • Tiny sea shells
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Starfish
  • Sand dollars
  • Beach grass


  • Kansas City Collegian
Keywords: Valentine's mailbox, beach mailbox, Valentine's craft

About this Author

Based on the Gulf Coast, Monica Patrick has been writing social and cultural articles since 1999. Her work has appeared in the Gulf Coast newspaper "Beachin," and in various online publications. As a former senior sales director with Mary Kay, Patrick specializes in cosmetology and makeup artistry. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in linguistic archaeology from the University of Alabama.

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