Dogster DIY: Make a Valentine’s Day Doggie Box and Cards


Break out your crafting tools because this Valentine’s Day you’re going to make a cute doggie box and some canine-themed cards. You can do it!

Doghouse Valentine’s Day box

What you’ll need

  • Unfinished wooden birdhouse (available at craft stores or online)
  • Acrylic paint (any colors you wish)
  • Wood stain (optional)
  • Small foam brush
  • Small paintbrush
  • Colored cardstock paper
  • Tape or glue

Choose a birdhouse design with a slot to slide valentines through (like the picket fence on the house I used).


Paint the birdhouse with a small foam brush or paintbrush. I used three paint colors: white, black, and cement. For the roof, I used wood stain, but you can use acrylic paint.

For the dog, bone, and heart cutouts, I used a Cricut machine and the Create a Critter cartridge with colored cardstock paper. You can also draw them freehand or use a basic stencil. Tape or glue them onto the doghouse.

Doggie valentines

Now that your dog has a place to put his valentines, make a special one just for him.

What you’ll need

  • Colored cardstock paper
  • Tape or glue
  • Self-adhesive wiggle eyes
  • Black pen


You will need the following shapes:

  • 3 hearts: 1 small (nose), 1 medium, 1 large
  • 2 circles: 1 large (head) and 1 small (mouth)
  • 2 curved triangles (ears)
  • 2 semicircles (paws)

Draw shapes freehand or use a basic stencil. Cut and assemble. Tape or glue pieces together. Use the self-adhesive wiggle eyes for eyes. Decorate dog with pen or embellish with almost anything (markers, paint, glitter, stickers). You can also change the shapes, add spots, and create different dog breeds. Get creative!

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