I figured the only way to start February would be with this little gal, “Llamby the Llama”, my 4-year-old’s Valentine’s Day box.
Enjoy this cute, fun, and affordable Valentine’s Day box tutorial! Building memories with those little ones… there’s nothing better.
My daughter and I had so much fun creating her Valentine’s Day box. She couldn’t decide if she wanted to make a Llama, or a llama-corn, because she loves all things unicorn. But she felt as though it was complete without adding her horn, with just a little convincing.
I didn’t realize how big our project was going to be, but I kind a like that it’s huge and awkwardly large—just makes it that much more unforgettable.
Do you supply list for this project is pretty short and easy. You’ll need:
Supplies needed for this DIY Llama Valentine’s Day box
- 2 LARGE bags of jumbo cotton balls (400 count), or 4 bags if you buy the 200 count bags. Make sure they are the jumbo size cotton balls though, or else you’ll be up all night going cotton balls
- craft glue
- pom poms
- an old shoe box
- toilet paper rolls, or the inside cardboard of a wrapping paper tube (I prefer this!)
- white foam (optional) for the ears.
- If you want them to be flimsy like ours, don’t use foam cardboard, get the sheets of foam in the craft section **thicker paper works if you don’t have foam
- foam poster board.. not just the flimsy one
- it must be the thick FOAM one or little llamas head won’t stay up!
- wiggly eyes
- You could also draw them in with sharpie
- boa or anything around the house that looks fluffy to go around llama’s neck
- duct tape/heavy duty tape
- because there’s always a need for that. Are used duct tape to attach the legs to make it extra sturdy
Assembling the Llama Valentine’s box
You may want to hold off on gluing the cotton balls until you get Llama assembled. Here’s how we put ours together:
- Cut hole for cards (on back)
- Attach legs using heavy duty tape
- Tip: cut the 5 slits on cardboard rolls to anchor it so that they can leave.
- Cut out the head with the thick cardboard foam
- I used a pencil to trace it out before cutting
- Attach llamas head
- I just created another thin slit in the box (parallel to llamas body) and slid the posterboard into. If you make the hole too large, it won’t hold the head up—wedge it in
- Coat the llama (one area at a time so it doesn’t dry) and apply cotton by the handfuls.
- Add any embellishments, ribbons, Pom poms..
I hope you’ve enjoyed this free Valentine’s Day card tutorial like we did. PLEASE send me pictures of your projects!