No-Sew Valentine Mail Bag

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

What’s better than Valentine’s day in elementary school? Get your little one ready to pass notes in style this year with some of our unique valentines and this DIY mail bag, made from ribbon, felt and a cereal box. Read on to see it come together step-by-step.

You’ll need:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft knife
  • Tacky glue
  • Wide ribbon (About 1 yard, same width as cereal box)
  • Narrower ribbon (about 1.5 yards)
  • Cereal box

Please use caution when crafting for or with your child. Sharp tools should be used by adults only.

Step one: Cut the top off of a cereal box so that it stands about 6 inches tall. Set aside the excess cardboard.

Step two: Cut the felt so to the same width as the box, then glue it to the front, bottom and back, making sure to leave enough overhang to form the flap.

Step three: Glue each end of the wide ribbon to the sides of the box, forming the strap.

Step four: Cut out two heart shapes from leftover cardboard. Add two rectangle slits with a craft knife as shown.

Step five: Paint the heart cut outs and let dry.

Step six: Cut the length of narrower ribbon in half. Thread one end of the ribbon through one of the hearts and secure with glue on the reverse side as shown. Repeat with the second heart.

Step seven: Cut rounded corners on the front flap if desired.

Step eight: Glue the ribbons around the bag as shown, positioning each heart at the bottom and leaving excess ribbon hanging over the flap.

Step nine: Open the bag and cut a slit in the top of the bag with a craft knife, making sure to avoid the ribbons on the reverse side.

Step ten: Thread the excess ribbon through each of the hearts to “buckle” the back shut.


  1. Louise

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  4. tammy

    One for my daughter, one for me! These are the cutest things ever!

  5. If this isn’t the most adorable Valentine DIY on the interwebs, I don’t know what is! I’ve featured it in my round-up of last-minute Valentine DIYs:


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