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What you win need:

– 1 juice or milk container
– cardboard from the recycling bin
– 2 toilet paper rolls
– leftover craft paper or paper from the recycling bin
– natural glue
– scissors
– recycling bin found objects as embellishments

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Step 1: Create the Boat

To create the boat, cut the top off of the juice container, then rinse and dry the container. Using pieces of cardboard from the recycling bin, create a peak at the front of the boat, leaving the top part open — this will be the Valentine mailbox opening.

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Step 2: Dress up the Boat

Using leftover craft paper scraps or colorful paper from the recycling bin, cover the “boat” with paper, securing with glue. We used fliers that were sent home from my son’s school and construction pieces that were leftover from another project.

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Step 3: Create the Smokestacks

Cut the top 1/3 of both of the toilet paper rolls off, then cover them in colorful recycling bin paper. We added a curling ribbon embellishment that was leftover from a birthday present around the top of the smokestacks. Attach the smokestacks to the top of the boat with glue.

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Step 4: Decorate your Boat

Use any found objects you like to adorn the outside of your boat. Your children will love to do this decorating — the more colorful and fun the better! Think buttons, bottle tops, stickers, ribbon, and more.

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Step 5: Fill up the Boat

Take the Love Boat to school and watch it fill up with valentine’s and other love day goodies and maybe your little one will win this year’s Valentine’s Day mailbox contest.