Are your kids decorating a shoebox to hold all those cute little greetings on Valentine’s Day? Of course, doilies and stickers would be just fine for such an occasion… But you could go a little more literal route for the ol’ love mail.
First, google United States Postal Service and mailbox images for inspiration.
Then grab a shoebox & blue construction paper (or solid blue wrapping paper) and cover.
I used tacky glue & duct tape to secure my blue construction paper wrap job, making sure the tape wouldn’t show when the top is on. I cut the opening with a ruler and rotary cutter before covering this section, but it would be just as easy or easier to do it after.
Really, cutting the opening is quite sufficient, but I wanted an upgraded feel to this mailbox (yes, I am a nerd), so I constructed a simple mail chute out of three pieces of thin cardboard and secured it to the mail slot with duct tape.
[I love the mail chute.]
Next, I pulled the official “United States Postal Service” logo off the google search, and with a little handy dandy digital cutting and pasting in Paint, I changed “United States” to “Cody Wells.” I simply copied the “C,” “O,” “D,” “E,” “L,” and “S” from “United States Postal Service” letters. And I constructed the “Y” & “W” using the “V.”
Once you’ve got your logo modified, just print out of paper, cut out, and glue to mailbox.
I cut the side logos in half and attached half to the front/box top, half to the back/box bottom, so the box would still open and close to retrieve the valentines.
Cut a little notch in the mail chute to make it easy to open. Yay! all done!!
…Well, almost all done…
Because then I decided to add a flag. I knew this little boy would love a working flag to raise and lower. So I glued two pieces of red cardstock together (one thickness would be fine, but I wanted to beef it up). Then I punched a hole through the flag and through the mailbox using the end of my scissors and secured the flag with a brad. [Don’t you just love brads? They are pure craft goodness.]
Ready for love letters!
You’ve got mail!