Transform a tissue box into a llama Valentine’s Day box to hold all your cards and treasures!  This recycled craft comes with five free, printable templates for you to chose from and design and decorate!  


  • Empty Kleenex box (you could use a shoe box too)
  • Templates: LlamaBlank LlamaDesignYourself LlamaBrown LlamaWhite LlamaColourYourself
  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponge/brush
  • Pom poms
  • Glue gun/ glue OR white glue
  • Pom poms or cotton balls
  • Decorating items (pom poms, stickers, ribbon, rick rack, beads, markers- use whatever odds and ends you might have from other projects)

We always find these items useful too:



  • We carefully removed the plastic from the opening of tissue box.  We painted the box with a few layers of acrylic paint to create a base.
  • Print your llama head, tail and blanket.  (There are a few different choices for you to pick from or draw your own!) on cardstock and cut them out.  If you don’t have thicker paper, you could put something like cereal box cardboard in between the two sides of the llama when you go to glue them together.
  • Plan out your decorations, arranging them before you glue them down, so you can achieve your desired look.  We wrapped our loose ribbon ends around and glued them down on the back before gluing the two sides carefully together.  (You may need a bit of adult help for this portion.)
  • Cut out the llama blanket, decorate it and glue one end down on one of the long sides of your llama body.  So your blanket can open (for your friends to insert your cards), you could either put velcro dots or make your own tab for easy opening (folding a small piece of ribbon in half and gluing it on the back side).
  • Glue your pom poms or cotton balls on the remaining exterior of your box if you would like to make your llama fuzzy!
  • Bring your llama to school to collect your cards from your classmates or put a sheet of tissue paper inside and add a present for someone special!

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Transform a tissue box into a llama Valentine's Day box to hold all your cards and treasures! This recycled craft comes with five free, printable templates for you to chose from and design and decorate!


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  • Exploring traditions for various celebrations.
  • Re-imagining recyclables.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors and a glue gun with care and direct, adult supervision.
  • Cord, yarn, ribbon etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose.
  • Small items such as beads or pom poms can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
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24 Responses

    • Bonnie Scorer

      Thank you Michelle! Your comment was heart-warming for us to read! Bonnie-

  1. Sammie

    This is very cute I’m going to make one and give to my llamas and llama friends because we’re and the llamas will have a valentines Sunday party I love this so facintin


    • Bonnie Scorer

      We sure hope you give the llama a go Sammie! We always like seeing projects if you would like to tag us on Facebook or Instagram if you make one!

  2. Anna

    My daughter and I love this project too! The video is adorable. We’re making it this weekend. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Bonnie Scorer

      Thank you SO much Anna! What a happy comment to read! We hope hope your llama making went well. Happy Valentine’s Day, Bonnie & family-

    • Bonnie Scorer

      You are most welcome! We are so happy to hear that. Hope your Valentine’s Day was a sweet one!

    • Bonnie Scorer

      Thank you Dora! That was really uplifting to hear, Most sincerely, Bonnie & family-

  3. Steff

    My daughter is so excited to make this for our Valentine’s exchange. Thank you!!! Ps. Ruby, you’re a great teacher : )

    • Bonnie Scorer

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment- our daughter will be so happy to hear this! We hope your box goes well. We’d love to see it when you are done- you can tag us on Instagram. Thanks again, Bonnie & family-

    • Bonnie Scorer

      Hello Ashley! Thanks for the question: If you look under the “Materials” section it is there (the link beside the “template”). Hope you enjoy making the llama! Sincerely, The Scorer family


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