Valentine’s Day is coming up, and who doesn’t need a little bit of chocolate, or at least something that might contain chocolate. So for a fun change this week, let’s make a mini heart box for your dolls, or just for you. Here is a quick pic of the finished product:
This girl got thoroughly spoiled by her best beau.
You don’t need a whole lot of materials either. Gather up some card stock, a little bit of lightweight cardboard from an old cereal box, some glue, and I really love a pack of small clothespins for holding things while you glue. Some lace, stickers. and paint or markers, can be used at the end for decorating.
Here is a pattern for your hearts, or make your own by folding a piece of paper in half, drawing a half heart and then cutting out:
Cut two hearts out of your card stock for the top and bottom using the larger heart pattern. My card stock is red on only one side, so you might see some of it white. I tried to put it so the red side was facing up on both the top and bottom. Cut two 1/4 inch strips of card stock as well. For my example they are about 8 inches long, which is longer than they have to be. Better too long than too short:
Now use the side placement pattern to make a template. Copy the heart onto your scrap cardboard. Carefully cut out the heart using a craft knife, so you have both the inside and the outside pattern, see photo:
I also cut a pattern out for the top and bottom just for convenience if you want to make multiple boxes. Take your inside and outside template, and draw AROUND the loose heart shape, and INSIDE the heart opening. This will give you two hearts with one of them being slightly larger than the other one. Carefully cut these out. When I did it, my card stock was a little thin, so I ended up cutting two of each to make the next step work. Now you should have a top, a bottom and two inner hearts that are smaller. Glue the larger inner heart to the bottom of the top of the box, and the smaller inner heart to the top of the base of the box, like this:
This insures that the top of the box will fit OVER the bottom of the box.
Take your strips of card stock and fold each one in half to make a crease for the top of the heart. Then take a nice round pencil and carefully pull the strip over the pencil, just to make your strips a little round. Do this only near the folds to go over the top of the heart.
Here is where those little clothespins are a godsend. Push the strips up against the inner pieces of card stock and clip on the edges to hold the strip in place. This is a little fiddly and I found that doing half at a time made my life easier:
It also allows you to glue half, and trim the point to fit perfectly. Once you have the strips in place, run a small bead of glue around the heart on the inside like this:
I was in a hurry and got a little carried away with the glue, but it dries clear and you should be fine. Do this on the top and bottom and allow to dry. Once your box is dry, you should find that the top slips right over the bottom and fits nicely. Then you are ready to decorate your box as you see fit. Use lace, stickers, markers. etc.
Let yourself go wild. You can also use markers to color the white edges of your cardstock, so it looks cleaner. Play with what you can do.
If you make any of these, we would love to see your efforts. Wishing you a day filled with hearts and flowers! Happy Valentine’s Day!