DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Mouse Box for Valentine's Cards
You can replicate the same type of craft using
craft foam by tracing the template pieces onto foam and drawing
on a few of the details.
It turns out really cute just with paper though
-- the directions assume you'll be doing it just with paper.
- small empty box (we use kleenex boxes and shoe boxes)
- construction paper,
- Optional: thin cardboard (empty cereal boxes work well).
- Optional: large wiggly eyes.
- Print out the template of choice and color them as appropriate.
- NOTE: You can omit printing the third template and just
cut a construction paper heart.
- Wrap the empty box up with construction paper (or gift wrap) in
an appropriate color (grey, white, pink and red would all work).
- Cut a slit in the top of the box large enough to fit Valentine's
Day cards in the top.
- NOTE: You could also just cut the entire top off the box
or use a no-top box like a shoe box.
- Optional: Glue the templates to pieces of thin cardboard and
- Cut out the template pieces.
- Print the child's name on the large heart (template 3).
- Glue pieces together:
- Head shape (circle on Template 1) should go on shoulders (Template
- Glue the ears (Template 2) onto the head.
- Glue the ear middles (hearts of Template 1) onto the ears
- Glue the eyes onto the face.
- Glue the pink heart nose onto the face.
- Glue the bow as a bowtie below the face or as a hair bow to
one of the ears.
- Glue the whole body onto the back of the box, facing over the
top (so it looks like he's sitting behind the box, holding it...
see picture at the top of this page if you don't understand).
- Glue the large heart (template 3) onto the front of the box
- Glue the paws to the front of the box, overlapping the heart
- Close template window when done printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Printable version of these instructions