Score and cut the design for kids to color and create a DIY cactus Valentine box or bag for school parties.
Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, so if you have little ones it’s time to get started on those boxes for class parties. This cute cactus file is great for kids to color to make their own card collector boxes. Some teachers prefer gift bags instead of boxes, so you can substitute the box in this tutorial with a bag.
DIY Cactus Valentine Box Supplies Used
- Cactus Hugs SVG File
- White Cardboard Sheet
- xTool Laser (or can use an cutting machine that will engrave/score)
- Plaid Crafts Watercolor Acrylics
- Cardboard Box
- Green Cardstock
- Xyron Tape Runner
I used my xTool D1 Pro to score the assembled SVG design and to cut the outline.
Then I used the watercolor acrylic paints to fill in the cute design. With these paints you can use them as is for full color, or add water to dilute them and create watercolors. The more water you add, the lighter the color will be. This would be a fun project for kids to do to make their own Valentine box! Watercolors are supposed to run and muddle, so it takes away the pressure of coloring perfectly in the lines with crayons or markers!
Let the design dry and them remove it from the cardboard sheet. I goofed with my cut settings so it didn’t cut all the way out, but I just had to trim a little to get the design out. Save the extra cardboard and cut it into small spikes for the box.
Choose a cardboad box (shoe boxes or pantry packages are perfect) and cut an opening in the top. Cover the box with green cardstock paper. I used the tape runner.
Glue the cute cactus on the front of the box, and then add all the little cardboard “spikes” around this.