Get the family together for a little crafting with love! Give paper mache boxes a few coats of chalkboard paint, add some fun trims and set out the chalk.
Everyone can make their own special Valentine Chalkboard Message Box and they are perfect for packaging a handmade gift, store treasures or just to fill with Valentines to share.
Hi everyone, it’s Cindy from Little Miss Celebration! In just a few weeks, it will be Valentine’s Day, which is kind of hard to believe. It seems like we were just ringing in 2015! Valentine’s Day seems to be a holiday that’s perfect for a handmade gift or card.
This Valentine Chalkboard Message Box can be a card and a gift in one! Kids and adults can channel their inner Cupid and create their own. Since we’re using chalk, the messages and art can be erased and the box can get more artistic makeovers. 🙂
Paper mache boxes are available in all shapes and sizes and I’m using a square, “vanilla” mache box I’ve had in my craft stash that’s been begging for an upgrade!
Using chalkboard paint and a foam brush, give the box and lid two coats of paint. Let one coat dry for about an hour before applying a second coat. After the second coat, your painted box should sit for 24 hours to cure.
The next day after painting, take a piece of chalk and turn it on its side; lightly rub the chalk over the entire chalkboard painted surface of the box and lid. Remove the chalk with a soft cloth. The surface is now ready to be chalked and erased over and over again.
Time to decorate! Add a fun trim around the outside of the box lid. You can use ribbon or any trim you’d like. I used a red pompom trim. If making a box for little ones to decorate, Mom or Dad should add the trim.
Work in small sections at a time and attach the trim to the lid with hot glue.
The chalk fun is officially ready to begin! You can use white and colored chalks, permanent chalk markers or a combination of both. The permanent chalk marker can also be removed from the chalkboard surface with a damp cloth.
Use cookie cutters or cardboard cutouts to trace hearts or other shapes to the surface. Messages can be written around the box lid and on the sides – the Valentine sky is the limit!
A Valentine chalkboard message box can be a gift all on its own, or fill with sweet treats or another handmade gift. This box would also be an adorable way for the little ones to transport their Valentine’s to school, too!
The very retro, circa 1950’s Valentines in the top photo belonged to my mother-in-law, and I think this box will make a great home for them.
If you’d like to make a retro Valentine, here’s a very sweet one you download, print, paste and add some straws!
You can also give a dollar store apothecary jar a little touch of Cupid with paint and polka dots to hold the sweets for your sweeties!
Come visit me anytime over at Little Miss Celebration – I’ll be sharing a few more heart-inspired ideas before Valentine’s Day.
It’s always so much fun to hang out with all of you and I’ll see you again in February!