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Love Boat | Valentine's Day Totes

Love Boat

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Put romance into writing with this Valentine's mailbox made from a half-gallon carton.


  • Half-gallon carton
  • Tape
  • Cereal box
  • Glue stick
  • Paper


Love Boat - Step 1

1. Start with a clean carton. Cut off the plastic spout or tape the cardboard spout shut.

2. For the bow, cut a 3¾- by 10-inch strip from a cereal box, fold it in half, and tape it in place as shown.

3. Use tape and a glue stick to cover the carton with paper. (For a smooth look, we taped paper over the top and bottom of the ship before covering the sides.) Cut a mail slot in the ship's top.

4. Use a glue stick to add circles, hearts, and stripes to the sides.

5. For smokestacks, roll three 2½- by 5-inch pieces of black paper into cylinders and apply glue to the overlap. Add thin paper stripes. Glue the stacks to the deck.


We created the ship's paper waves by using a large, round paper punch to cut half circles from strips of card stock.