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Fortnite Valentine’s Day Box

Often times, especially around Valentine’s Day, the focus is on the female population. Everything is in shades of pink and hearts are abundant (which I, personally, love!), but what about the little dudes who still think cooties exist and just want to collect their cards and candy in a fun way? We all know the craze, Fornite, and if not… bless your heart! Flossing, those other weird dances and all the crazy lingo that goes with it, this video game has taken over every house. Like it or not, we just figured out the ultimate (quick and easy) Fornite Valentine’s Day box for your Fornite loving guy!

Valentine’s Day Box

If you are unfamiliar with the whole “Valentine’s Day box” concept, let me run you through it real quick. Most children who attend public school (maybe private too- we wouldn’t know!) go to school on Valentine’s day with some sort of container or vessel to collect cards, candy and other knickknacks you will later need to throw in the trash. Well, Moms everywhere have taken to Pinterest and ruined this simple concept by making amazingly outrageous boxes that make other kids wonder why their Moms don’t love them as much. I kid. Clearly!

I Paused Fortnite for this?

We recently had a sleep over for my son and his best friend and said friend’s little brother. We made pizzas, jumped on the trampoline, ate ice cream sundaes and watched a movie. Normal things. The Mother of these two boys is actually my long time bestie and I know this girl doesn’t craft. She does many things and does them extremely well, crafting… no. Nope. Having the bright idea to help this Mom and BFF of mine, I thought, “Valentine’s Day is coming soon and I’d rather those boys not go to school with a gallon freezer zip-lock bag to collect their treasure, I think we’ll make some boxes… FORTNITE boxes!” The boys were so excited for this!

K.I.S.S.

When working with little guys, I knew this craft would have to have minimal steps as well as minimal time constraints. So much to do, see and… SQUIRREL! Supplies are so easy to grab at your local Michaels Craft Store and you will need; a photo box (or shoe box), two pieces of brown/tan crafting foam, one piece of gray crafting foam, markers, scissors and a glue gun. For a shortcut, and if you have one, fire up your Cricut Maker– this is not required but helped me prep three ahead of time. We accomplished all three boxes in under an hour. It was messy, not organized and certainly not the normal “pretty” you see from AGAHG… but hey! They turned out great!

Getting Started!

***Scroll to the bottom to print off this “recipe” to take with you to the store***

Materials Used:

Cricut Maker, Craft Foam Sheets, Markers, Box

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Fornite DIYTake your Box and measure the width and length.

Fortnite Valentine's DayHand cut or use your Cricut Maker to cut the pieces needed: All in the brown/tan color, using one of your two craft foam sheets, I found it was best to make two strips for the width in  8″ X 2 1/2″ pieces and two 11″ X 2 1/2″ pieces PER SIDE. TWO because one is to go on the base of the box and the other for the lid portion (photos to better explain are further down). Leave one of your two pieces of brown/tan foam untouched. You will also need to cut your gray foam into twelve 3″ X 2 1/2″ pieces as well. One “lock” which is a rectangle with the corners cut off on an angle as well as two side handles (I free handed this). Just google a Fortnite box and you’ll see just how cartoony this thing is. Believe me, this does not need to look exact or perfect. Fortnite CricutNext, Let the kids get involved and let them color or paint (we did silver metallic paint on the gray to make it look like metal) the gray and brown craft foam pieces. I just used the inside of the lid as a surface because I’m lazy and didn’t want to cover my dinning room table.Fortnite DIYThat other sheet of brown/tan craft foam will now enter the scene. This piece is going to serve as your lid cover piece. I cut this piece down to a 12″ by 12″ square. You can see that we roughed up the edges to give it more of the wood grain look. You can use special scissors with the sun edges (if you have them) or, like Luke, have your Mom cut our grooves with normal sheers.

Fortnite CraftI kid you not, my son (Luke) said that he would like to try to use a wet washcloth to smear the marker to get a wood grain look… brilliant! I drew lines to get the plank look and then he did the rest. You can see we made bolder likes and went thicker on the edges and then used a washcloth to smear the marker.Fortnite Treasure BoxFortnite boxTime for assembly! Starting on the length of your box, use your hot glue gun to add dots of glue along the lid. DO NOT place this “plank” at the very top of the lid, use the photo below as a guide. Take your second plank and add it along the bottom of the base of the box.

Fortnite Valentine DIYRepeat this exact same thing along the other length and then again on both widths. Gaps are totally fine. My Kid went a little wood trim happy here and it worked out just fine. NO ONE PANIC!Fornite Valentine's craftYou’ll see the box really start to take shape. Once all the planks are on the lid and the base of the box, you’re ready for the top! Add hot glue dots on the top of the foam plank that is on the lid (NOT ON the base of the box, say it with me… ON THE LID). Hold this into place until it cools, flip it over and then do this exact thing to the other side. You’ll see the top form to look like a treasure box with a round gap opening. Look at the last photo if you need help visualizing it.Fortnite Step by StepNow for the metal! Take those gray pieces and add some hot glue to the backside top and base.

Fortnite TutorialGoing about 1.5″ from the end place the gray piece of foam on the curved lid portion (from the previous step… like, the one a second ago that forms the bubble top) and hold into place. Repeat this up and around to the other side. Since our top piece is 12″ and the gray pieces are 3″- you guessed it- you’ll need four for the lid. Use the remaining two to complete the look on the BASE of the box (not the lid) so it appears that the gray pieces are connected to the lid. Photo for reference below this one.Fortnite bootyAdd the lock mechanism to the box uing hot glue as well. I cut a rectangle shape and cut off the corners on an angle then hand drew a key hole and some bolts. Don’t over think it.Fortnite DIY CraftAdd the side handles, one for each side, with hot glue and  your Fortnite box is complete!Easy Fornite DIY

Show those other Mom’s what’s up because this year, my kid won’t question my love for him at school for Valentine’s day!

Fortnite Valentine's Day Box

Print Recipe
Makes: 1 Crafting Time: 30-45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • (1) Photo Box OR Shoe Box
  • (2) Pieces of brown/tan craft foam
  • (1) Piece of gray craft foam
  • Hot Glue Gun/ Hot Glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors

Instructions

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1. Take your Box and measure the width and length.

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2. Hand cut or use your Cricut Maker to cut the pieces needed: All in the brown/tan color, using one of your two craft foam sheets, I found it was best to make two strips for the width in 8" X 2 1/2" pieces and two 11" X 2 1/2" pieces PER SIDE. TWO because one is to go on the base of the box and the other for the lid portion (photos to better explain are further down). Leave one of your two pieces of brown/tan foam untouched. You will also need to cut your gray foam into twelve 3" X 2 1/2" pieces as well. One "lock" which is a rectangle with the corners cut off on an angle as well as two side handles (I free handed this). Just google a Fortnite box and you'll see just how cartoony this thing is. Believe me, this does not need to look exact or perfect.

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3. Color and paint your "planks" and metal pieces.

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4. Take your other sheet of brown craft foam create planks by using markers or paint.

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5. Time for assembly! Starting on the length of your box, use your hot glue gun to add dots of glue along the lid. DO NOT place this "plank" at the very top of the lid, use the photo below as a guide. Take your second plank and add it along the bottom of the base of the box.

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6. Repeat this exact same thing along the other length and then again on both widths. Gaps are totally fine. My Kid went a little wood trim happy here and it worked out just fine. NO ONE PANIC!

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7. You'll see the box really start to take shape. Once all the planks are on the lid and the base of the box, you're ready for the top! Add hot glue dots on the top of the foam plank that is on the lid (NOT ON the base of the box, say it with me... ON THE LID). Hold this into place until it cools, flip it over and then do this exact thing to the other side. You'll see the top form to look like a treasure box with a round gap opening. Look at the last photo if you need help visualizing it.

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8. Now for those gray/metal pieces. Going about 1.5" from the end place the gray piece of foam on the curved lid portion (from the previous step... like, the one a second ago that forms the bubble top) and hold into place. Repeat this up and around to the other side. Since our top piece is 12" and the gray pieces are 3"- you guessed it- you'll need four for the lid. Use the remaining two to complete the look on the BASE of the box (not the lid) so it appears that the gray pieces are connected to the lid. Photo for reference below this one.

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9. Add the lock mechanism to the box uing hot glue as well. I cut a rectangle shape and cut off the corners on an angle then hand drew a key hole and some bolts. Don't over think it. Add the hand cut handles to either side as well and you're done!

Notes

You could certainly use a Cricut for this project and I did to get a chunk of it done ahead of time!

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