How to Make a Fire Truck Valentine Box

By Katharine Mitchell
Think outside the box by turning the typical Valentine's Day box into a fire truck.

The tradition of giving and receiving Valentine's Day cards continues in many classrooms, with each student presenting a signed card to each and every peer in his or her class. Likewise, many teachers carry on the tradition of asking students to decorate a shoebox to serve as their Valentine's Day card mailbox. Though students often choose to decorate their boxes with red and pink construction paper hearts and lacy white doilies, those with an interest in fire trucks can transform their box into a Valentine's Day fire truck with a pack of multi-colored construction paper, scissors and glue.

Adults should supervise children when using a matte knife.

Cut a "mail slot" in the center of the shoebox lid using scissors or a matte knife. Make the slit long and wide enough to facilitate Valentine's Day card envelopes, about 1/4 inch by 5 inches.

Transform a shoe box into a Valentine's fire truck box.

Cover the four sides of the shoebox with pieces of red construction paper cut to fit and pasted on with glue. Cover the shoebox top with red construction paper as well, and cut a slit to fit the hole made in Step 1.

Decorate the box by cutting and pasting black construction paper to resemble wheels, blue squares of construction paper to represent the front windshield and windows, and yellow paper for the headlights. Add a ladder on the side of the truck by cutting out two long, thin lengths of yellow paper and smaller pieces to represent the rungs.

About the Author

Katharine Mitchell began writing in 1994. She has has written for "Fodor's," "The Insider's Guide to Beijing," "Time Out", "City Weekend" and Matador. She attended the Summer Literary Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mitchell has a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the University of Montana and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi.