Love Boat

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Love Boat
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Put romance into writing with this Valentine's mailbox made from a half-gallon carton.

What you'll need

  • Half-gallon carton
  • Tape
  • Cereal box
  • Glue stick
  • Paper
Helpful Tip:

We created the ship's paper waves by using a large, round paper punch to cut half circles from strips of card stock.

How to make it

  1. Love Boat - Step 1

    Start with a clean carton. Cut off the plastic spout or tape the cardboard spout shut.

  2. For the bow, cut a 3¾- by 10-inch strip from a cereal box, fold it in half, and tape it in place as shown.

  3. Use tape and a glue stick to cover the carton with paper. (For a smooth look, we taped paper over the top and bottom of the ship before covering the sides.) Cut a mail slot in the ship's top.

  4. Use a glue stick to add circles, hearts, and stripes to the sides.

  5. For smokestacks, roll three 2½- by 5-inch pieces of black paper into cylinders and apply glue to the overlap. Add thin paper stripes. Glue the stacks to the deck.

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