I love celebrating Valentines with toddlers/preschoolers. When we lived in Cali we used to take the boys to a little kids Valentines exchange where the little ones got to make valentines for their friends and pass them out. I’d love to do something like that with Miss M this weekend. Just maybe invite over about 4 friends and make some cookies and give away cards. And the cards are fun but I’ve always been a big fan of the boxes that the Valentines go in (hence our mailbox from a few year ago). And like our mailbox, I love it when they can be used for pretend play or decorative storage later on. So this year we made a black swan from a tissue box. Turned out to be an easy project with a lovely result.


To make this box you’ll need:

  • one tissue box (horizontally oriented)
  • paint
  • black cardstock
  • a large cereal box
  • glue gun and glue (use low temp if a child is helping)


Making the Swan Box:

  1. Paint your tissue box black
  2. Cut out two wing shapes in a sort of oval shape (see drawing above)
  3. Cut out several feather shapes
  4. Glue feather shapes onto wings starting with the back working towards the front of the wings
  5. Glue wings onto each side of box
  6. Cut out swan neck and head shape from cereal box like in drawing above
  7. Paint swan head (or cut out two swan head and neck shapes from paper and glue on to either side of cereal box shape. paint beak and eyes)
  8. Cut slit out of one end of tissue box
  9. Insert head into box.
  10. You swan box is now ready to take to a Valentines Day Party!


Miss M is learning how to cut and it’s fun to see her work. But mostly she loved  being my assist make sure all the conversation hearts were facing the right and then gobbling them all up afterwards.swanbox8swanbox4  swanbox6  swanbox5



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    Amy Hardie Design

    February 26, 2016

    This is so cute – I may have to try it just to keep my tissues in it!


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