Turn a Kleenex tissue box and a few cardboard tubes (toilet paper rolls) into a Valentine’s Day card holder with these printables!  Hand out the matching cards to your pals.  We have several options for you to chose from to transform recyclables into this playful kids’ Valentine’s Day craft! 

*Please follow the safety protocols in your area as advised by your health district, school board and school itself regarding Valentine’s Day cards. Our kids are doing online learning this year so we are planning on putting our box on our step for neighbourhood friends and leaving the contents for the specified amount of time before touching them. As mentioned, check with your local guidelines.*


  • Printables: robot valentines box
  • Cardstock
  • Empty tissue box (the printable fits the Kleenex brand box from Costco)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: paint, paint brush

We always find these items useful too: SmockCraftTray


  • Gently remove the plastic from your tissue box.
  • Print the robot that you would like onto cardstock paper.
  • Cut out the different pieces and decide which ones you want to be part of your robot.


  • Glue on the backside, top and bottom.  The front panel will go in front of  the dispensing slot on your kleenex box.  There are 2 options: 1) Slot- To cut out the centre, gently fold it slightly before making a snip to then allow your scissors to maneuver to cut out the inside before gluing it on.  2) Door-  Again slightly bend your paper to make a snip and then cut along 3 sides of the door (the top, bottom and right hand side.  This will allow your door to open!


  • Paint your half cardboard tube if you like or cover it with the neck printable.  Glue your face and the back of your head onto the tube (you could attach the front and back pieces together on the top and sides of the head if you like) and then glue it to the top of your box (make sure that the face goes to the front of the box where your slot is).


  • Print the leg pieces, cut them out, glue the back and wrap it around a cardboard tube each.  Glue them to the bottom of your robot an equal distance apart to help your robot stand.


  • Cut out the two sides of each arm.  Fold them on the dotted line.  Glue them together (back to back, so you can see them from the front and back of the box) up until the fold line.  Then glue the two tabs of the fold line to the box as seen in the video.


  • You could add a few beads to the coloured dots of your robot just to add a bit of interest or any other ideas you might think of!


  • Print your cards, cut them out, fold them and inscribe a message to your friends inside!

If you like this idea, we also have other creative boxes:


Valentine Box Ideas for Kids: We show you how to take recyclables and make these Valentine Day Boxes for kids to use at school for their Valentine's Day cards!

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Robot Valentine's Day Box: With these printables and recyclables (a Kleenex tissue box and cardboard tubes), make these adorable Valentine boxes!  Additionally, there are two card options for school Valentine's Day cards!  This kids' Valentine' Day craft is one to surely impress!


  • Creating for various celebrations.

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.
  • Beads 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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