I really love coffee.
Coffee is my favorite gift and my students know it. Every year I get tons of coffee mugs and boxes of K-Cups from my students for Christmas. As I finish off the K-Cups I have a hard time tossing the boxes. I mean, they are such great boxes that I am always sure I can re-use them for something. Until now I have been saving boxes, but had no recycling ideas. This year a brainwave struck me…. Valentine’s Day mailboxes! If you love coffee as much as I do and have a bunch of these k-cup boxes laying around then this is the Valentine’s Day DIY project is for you!
The boxes are really sturdy, and can stand up nicely on a bookshelf or table. I will do this as an assignment in class on a Fun Friday, but I could send home boxes, with a note asking families to decorate them together, and return them to school with the valentines their child would like to pass out. I made mine today, and my 7year old daughter made her own which she is super jazzed about. Want to know how to make this pretty Valentine’s Day DIY mailbox from a recycled K-Cup box? Just read on. 🙂
DIY Valentine’s Day Mailboxes Directions:
Step 1: Gather your materials. You will need an empty K-Cup box, paper to cover it with, stickers, ribbon, and anything else you want to use to decorate your Valentine’s Day DIY with. In the spirit of recycling, I used a tissue paper flower left over from Christmas crafting to help decorate my box. This is a great scraps project. Scrap paper, tissue paper, or fabric would work very well.
Step 2: Cut a hole in the top/lid of your box. I cut off the top decorative label, but you can make your hole smaller if you like. It is ok if your lid comes a bit apart.
Step 4: Wrap or cover the box with paper. I wrapped my box like a present with some dollar store paper. I just tucked it into the hole at the top and taped it in place.
Even little ones can DIY these Valentine’s mailboxes on their own!
My daughter is 7, so wrapping her box would be too difficult. So, instead she traced her box onto colorful paper, cut out the rectangles, and glued them to her box, then she decorated it. She had a blast, and it came out super cute with NO HELP from Mommy! Check it out!
I must admit, that I had to run off to take my eldest to his Cub Scout meet, so all I had time to do was show her mine, hand her supplies to choose from, and wish her good luck. That’s why there are so few pictures of her making it. I think it turned out totally awesome!
Have you ever recycled one of those K-Kup boxes into something else? I would love to hear your idea, cuz I have tons more looking for a new purpose in life. Please share!
Have a great day!