Using recyclables to create with is inexpensive, accessible and good for the earth!   We used a tissue box to create a rainbow in the sky Valentine box with a little bit of imagination and Model Magic! 


  • Rainbow Card Printable: valentine Rainbow
  • Kleenex box
  • Model Magic
  • Toothpicks
  • Paint brush
  • Paint
  • Rolling pin
  • Butter knife or clay tool

We always find these items useful too:



  • Remove the plastic liner from your kleenex box carefully.
  • Paint your tissue box with a few thin layers of paint, allowing drying in between.
  • Chose your rainbow colours.  Roll the model magic into balls and then roll it into “snakes” as the kids call them (tubes).  The outer colours will have to be the bigger of the balls.
  • Lay your snakes one within the others, gently pushing them together to form a rainbow.  Trim the edges and insert about half way into your toothpicks.  This will help your rainbow to stand.
  • Roll out your cloud colour like dough and cut out your clouds.  Insert your toothpicks into these too.
  • Allow your rainbow and clouds to dry.  (Remember to flip them to allow for even drying)
  • Have an adult insert your clouds and rainbows into your box.  *Once inserted, trim off the sharp ends in the box!  We also suggest removing your clouds and rainbows prior to taking out your cards to avoid any accidental pokes*
  • Print off the rainbow cards, address them and cut them out.  Attach them to a package of crayons, a paint palette or any other rainbow-y item that you might like!  Give them to your classmates!

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Transform a tissue box into a box to collect Valentine's Day cards! Make the rainbow and the clouds out of Crayola Model Magic to turn your box into the sky.  This Valentine's day recycled craft is sure to bring a smile to kids' faces and includes a free printable card you could attach to rainbow crayons, bead to make a necklace or a paint palette!  Find the details here:

Check out some of our other Valentine Box ideas

  • Llama Valentine Box


  • Recognizing various traditions associated with celebrations.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use a knife/ clay tool with care and direct, adult supervision.
  • Toothpicks can be sharp.  Use caution with them and an ADULT should insert them into the box!
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