Make a fun fox box to collect your cards this Valentine’s Day!
Empty cereal box
3 sheets of 12” x 12” red paper
1 sheet of 12” x 12” white paper
1 sheet of 8 1/2” x 11” white office paper
Scraps of black paper
Double-sided tape or permanent glue stick
Black permanent marker (optional)
Glitter glue (optional)
1.| Use scissors to cut the top flaps off of the cereal box.
2.| Use double stick tape or a glue stick to adhere the red paper completely around the box, folding it neatly at the corners and leaving the top opening uncovered.
3.| Use scissors to trim away any excess paper.
4.| Next fold one sheet of the office paper in half lengthwise, and cut a heart shape out of it.
5.| Unfold the heart and use it as a pattern to trace onto the back of the sheet of the 12” x 12” of white paper; use scissors to cut out the white heart for the head.
6.| Cut out the rest of the paper pieces as pictured—the red face piece, a heart for the tummy, a tail, eyes and a little heart for the nose. (Draw outlines with pencil before cutting if needed.)
7.| Use double-sided tape or a glue stick to adhere all the fox’s parts to the box; attach the tail to the back of the box.
8.| If desired, use a permanent marker to draw “stitches” around all the edges of the paper pieces.
9.| Then, use glitter glue, marker or alphabet stickers to write the name on the white heart.
10.| Display the fox at home or school for a fun way to collect Valentines!
• The fox may need a couple of rocks inside the bottom of the box to help it stand up.
• Add a cut paper word balloon with a Valentine’s greeting to the project.
• Make small foxes out of small boxes for individual Valentines that can hold candy.
• Try using pretty printed papers, too.
• Use buttons or googly eyes instead of paper for the eyes.
• Stitch around the edges of the paper pieces with a real needle and embroidery thread.
• Use glitter glue to embellish the fox’s ears, nose and tail.
• Use felt, foam sheets or fabric instead of paper.
• This would also make a great “vase” for a dried or paper flower bouquet.
• Use it as a desk organizer after Valentine’s Day.
• This is a cute idea for gift-wrapping a present for any holiday.
• Try this idea with other animals, people or objects like houses.
• Recreate a favorite cartoon character this way.
Pamela Maxwell is an artist, author and mother of two quickly growing boys. Her craft and scrapbooking projects have appeared in numerous books and magazines. Photo by Pamela Maxwell.
Published: February 2014