Vintage Inspired Valentine Boxes

Greetings Friends! The last time I was in Target, I came across these ready made Valentine mailboxes and was instantly taken back to thoughts of my school days and construction paper hearts.  Have you ever had a similar experience?  Inspired by my nostalgia, I grabbed a few and decided to give them a little Vintage love...

Vintage Valentine Boxes

Did you make these in school?   I always looked forward to decorating mine and the great thing about these is that the mail slot is already cut--I never could seem to get mine quite right! 

Vintage Valentine Boxes

Armed with glittery Christmas clearance wrapping paper, sheet music and modge podge I got started. I turned the box on each side as a pattern to cut the paper and used a sponge brush to modge podge it to the box.

Vintage valentine box tutorial

Paper doilies always remind me of Valentine's Day.  I picked up these doily placemats from the weekly .25 sale I attend.  

Vintage valentine boxes

Turns out they were perfect for covering the box lids. I laid the placemat on top and cut around the slit.  Next, I modge podged the top and pressed down the scalloped edges along the lid's sides. I chose to leave the extra paper at the corners because I thought it looked more like real lace.

Vintage Valentine boxes

The paper doesn't take long to dry and then your box is ready to embellish...

Vintage valentine boxes

The sheet music one is my favorite :)

Vintage valentine box

Wouldn't these be fun to make with the little ones in your life?  Have a lovely week! 

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22 comments:

  1. I love how you prettied up these plain boxes. I remember doing this when I was in school, but they never looked this good. I think we used tissue paper boxes and painted them.

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  2. These are so cute!! I do remember making Valentine boxes when I was a kid!

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  3. These area adorable! I remember making Valentine boxes out of shoe boxes...

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  4. This does bring back sweet memories :) Your boxes are really pretty. I love the vintage postcards.

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  5. Really pretty Cecilia ... my favorite is the one covered with music and the music heart cutouts. The rose gift tag looks sweet on there too. You are so creative.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  6. Next, you have to make Valentine cards to fill it! I made my box using a shoe box. We must have decorated them with construction paper, ribbons and paint, but I don't remember that part. I faintly remember the red silhouette cherubs holding hearts cut-outs. That was a very long time ago!

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  7. Your boxes are so darling, they take me back to my elementary days. I was always so excited to make my box. Great, fun idea. Jo

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  8. I love how these turned out. I have a similar Valentine project coming up soon.

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  9. I love these and they bring nostalgic memories to mind. What a great project to do with grandchildren or little ones at home!

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  10. That was always our favorite part of Valentine's Day when we were children...LOVED making those boxes ~ of course they weren't nearly as pretty as these :) They are just LOVELY!

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  11. So pretty! I remember making them as a child, fun memories!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  12. I miss decorating Valentine's boxes with my girls. It's not the same now that my babies are in high school. (sigh) Thanks for linking up!

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  13. I remember making these Celcilia. Wow, that was a long time ago. Your boxes are so pretty. Valentines will be here before we can turn around good.. that's what we say here in the south :)

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  14. Hi Cecilia,
    I think these would be fun to make for the "big ones" in my life too! Valentine boxes bring back such happy memories of the anticipation and then the excitement of opening them. I love how you used simple thrifty material to decorate the boxes . . . good job! Thanks for the tutorial!
    Cheryl at 22 Applegate Lane

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  15. These boxes are really lovely. I don't remember making them in school. It seems that we just had one big box which the teacher made and we put all our cards in there. I do remember the fun we had, though. Valentine Day at school was always special..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  16. Hi Cecilia, Aren't these the cutest boxes. Yes I remember making these in grade school. It was so much fun. Your vintage style boxes turned out so pretty. Such a happy memory. Thanks for sharing and also for stopping by and your kind comment. I am visiting from Stephanie's link party too and so enjoyed my visit
    Have a wonderful rest of the week.
    Hugs

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  17. Oooo I had forgotten about these...thank you for reminding me, They are super cute
    Hugs
    Phoebe x

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  18. Oh, I remember making a pretty box for Valentine's Day to put on my desk in school - it was always the highlight of February :)

    Yours are so pretty, Cecilia. I may have to make one with my son - I know he would have fun. Enjoy the remainder of your week! Hugs!

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  19. very pretty, great find with the doily

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  20. Cecilia, these are so cute! I loved making my Valentine box as a child and helped my own children make many. I remember making a lady bug with my youngest daughter. The premade boxes are great and you dressed them up so pretty! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  21. So cute and what a great fun project.

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