How to Make a Simple Valentine’s Gift Container

Today, we’re sharing how to make a simple Valentine’s Gift Container!

I know Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about romance, love, friendship, and all that good stuff. But I’m hoping there’s some room for practical Valentine gifts as well.

Truthfully, the old I get the more I appreciate multi-purpose gifts and I know so many of you do too!

This Simple Valentine’s Gift Container is really easy to make and is another gift idea that can be filled and customized specifically for your special Valentine.

Here’s a look at how you can make a simple Valentine’s gift container too….

Simple Valentine’s Gift Container Supplies:

  • Small Box (we used a metal one but a heavy cardboard photo stock box would work well too)
  • Spray Paint (we used Rustoleum’s Flat White)
  • Mask & Tarp (to use while spray painting)
  • Heavy Glitter Cardstock
  • Stencils or Cookie Cutters
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Tape
  • Something to line the gift container like colorful shredded paper, parchment paper, wallpaper, or your favorite fabric
  • Goodies to fill Valentine’s gift container

Simple Valentine’s Gift Container Steps:

Gather your supplies and lay a tarp down to protect your work surface. Make sure your gift container is clean and free from dirt and debris.

I found this tin at the thrift store for $1.50 a few years ago. The tin is actually a reproduction and has been made to look old but really isn’t very old at all.

If you plan to do make a simple Valentine’s container, it’s important you keep two things in mind: one you need a clean container, and two you need good quality spray paint.

If you’re new to spray painting, it’s better to use multiple thin coats of spray paint allowing plenty of drying time in between than one thick and heavy coat.

You can find more information in our Spray Painting 101: Simple Tips and Tricks post here if you need them.

This is after two coats of spray paint, waiting 30 minutes between each coat and no primer.

Once the simple Valentine’s gift container has completely dried, you can decide how you want to decorate your container.

I chose gold glitter paper and a heart shape. But you can also do something farmhouse-inspired, use your anniversary dates or your family’s monogram.

If you don’t have a stencil on hand you can also trace the shape of a cookie cutter or a pancake mold.

Turn the glitter paper over and trace around the shape. Then using caution and care, as scissors will be sharp, cut out the shape of your choice.

Attach the shape to the lid of the simple Valentine’s tin using your glue of choice or a good quality tape.

Make sure the glue or tape you’re using is appropriate for the container’s material (i.e., paper vs metal vs wood or plastic).

Line the tin with parchment paper or a cloth napkin

then fill the simple Valentine gift container with special goodies.

You can create a movie night container and place a gift card for dinner inside the recipients favorite DVD jacket,

create a container with heart-shaped bath bombs, essential oils, and other bathtime treats,

or consider filling the Valentine gift container with a fun lunch to take to the beach, on a hike, to the lake, or park.

A Purpose Filled and Practical Gift Idea…

After your Valentine has finished with the contents of this simple gift, they can continue to use the container to store love letters, movie and concert tickets, special photos, invitations, jewelry, and other treasures collected throughout the year.

Basically, it will become a love inspired time capsule!

This simple Valentine’s gift container is not just for loved ones though. You can create something similar to give to a friend, neighbor, or teacher too.

For example:

  • create a Valentine’s Day inspired baking container
  • a cute coffee or tea container complete with essentials and a generous mug
  • at-home spa container
  • DIY tool caddy supplies
  • a subscription inspired makeup box
  • teacher’s favorite supplies
  • blessings box to keep track of all the good things that have happened this year and need to be celebrated

Honestly, the possibilities for this simple Valentine’s Day gift container are endless. So, get creative and show the special people in your life how much you care about them!

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Many blessings,


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  1. These are going to be so cute to make for the kids to take to the beach. I can pick up the supplies on my way home. Thank you for making this so easy!

    1. You’re so welcome, Sarah, hope the kids have fun! Hugs, CoCo

  2. So cute Coco! I’m always looking for a reason to use glitter paper because I love it so much. I love the movie night idea.

    Too cute!


    1. Thanks so much, Nancy! ha ha I know what you mean about the glitter paper, I could use it all over the house 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

    1. I appreciate you ladies, thanks so much! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Hi CoCo – This is such a great idea! I am going to do this with smaller boxes for cookies for neighbors…we all need some extra love this year. Thanks for the great idea – have a wonderful week!

    1. Thank you, Ann, I really appreciate it! Cookies for neighbors is such a great idea and would be so sweet for Valentine’s Day too. I’ve been looking for things that are small and compact but still make a heartfelt impact. If there were ever a year to start off with a little bit of love and tenderness, it’s this one ❤ Hope you’ve had a great day, CoCo

  4. This is a really cute idea. Lately I am looking for ways to give gifts to neighbors while respecting social distance. These would be cute to leave on doorsteps!

    1. That would be such a great idea, Marie! I’ve been trying to think of small ways we can still reach out to each other safely. It seems like every time we’re close to getting a hold of things something else pops up. I know people are getting tired of it all but if there were ever a Valentine season to share some love it’s definitely this one ? I hope you’ve had the best day, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Beth, I appreciate the invite. Heading over now!

  5. I’ve made a gift tin like this before, but never thought of doing one specifically for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the great idea, and especially thank you for the suggestions for what to put inside.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Thanks so much for the sweet feature, Richella, I really appreciate it. This gift container was super easy to put together and can hold so many different things too. I know a lot of people are covid weary right now so it’s always fun to have something to celebrate and a little treat too. Hope you’ve had a fabulous week, CoCo

  6. Super cute! I have that exact pancake mold and a cow one…naturally! Thank you for sharing with us at EH&F!

    1. That’s so cool, Jennifer! We have a cow pancake mold too and it’s always a big hit. Even with the littles that come to visit that aren’t so little anymore 🙂 Hope you’ve had the best week. Hugs, CoCo

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