Make: Valentine’s Day Mailbox

Love is in the air, my fellow makers! Valentine’s Day is coming fast and today we have for you a neat little printable/tutorial/how to! What’s cuter on Valentine’s Day than a little bitty mailbox, all dolled-up and ready to stuff with lace hearts and chocolate? Here we go!

First, you’ll need to gather your supplies.

* Pick your favorite hole punch. I have a star :)

* Tacky Glue or some similar fast-drying craft glue

* Your most trusted pair of scissors

* A bone folder. If you don’t have one of these – GET ONE. For anyone who enjoys paper crafts, a bone folder will most definitely be the best investment you’ve ever made. Life + Bone Folder = Better.

* A ruler or another straight edge. I don’t need to take a picture of that, right? Right?! K.

* One plain sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock

* One patterned sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock – I chose a sheet of scrapbook paper and then cut it to size.

* You’ll also need this template I’ve put together – ValentinesMailbox– Be sure not to adjust any of the sizing. You’ll want this to print at 100%. You’ll be printing this on the REVERSE side of your cardstock.

Now that we have all of our tools in order, let’s begin.

Before you cut out any of your template pieces, take your bone folder and your straight edge and score lines where the template tells you do. Scoring before cutting out the pieces is just a little way to make your life easier.

Next, go ahead and cut out all of your template pieces. For this template, just cut out anything that’s pink. You’ll have FIVE pieces. The mailbox door, back, base, outer shell, and flag. Fold along all of your pre-scored lines.

Take note that since we’ve printed this on the REVERSE side of your cardstock, you’ll be folding IN. You want all pink template pieces to be inside the mailbox.

Grab your hole punch and, well, punch! The little dot on the mailbox door is a perfect place to cut out a cute little shape.

Let’s start gluing. The mailbox door and back need to be glued to the base. Remember to keep all of your pink template pieces together. The lines you scored earlier provide you with little tabs for attaching everything. I’ve glued the door and back on top of the base – this way, the bottom will be nice and flat when you’re finished.

Now here’s where it gets a little tricky. Take the outer skin and make sure all of your tabs are folded in. Have the five little tabs facing the BACK of the mailbox. Glue one of the long bottom tabs to the base of the mailbox. Again, you’ll want to glue the tab on top of the base so your bottom stays flat.

Wait a little bit for your glue to dry before moving on to the next step. Once that first bottom tab is secure, bring the outer shell around so that you have, well, a mailbox. Carefully line up the bottom tab on the opposite side and glue it down. Take it slow and be sure to line up all of your edges.

Woo! We’re almost done! Remember those little tabs on the back? Add a little dab of glue to each and CAREFULLY attach them to the back of the mailbox. This will be a little tricky. I suggest gluing the two bottom tabs first, the two middle tabs next, and the top center tab last.

If all goes according to plan, you should now have a little mailbox sitting in front of you and an accomplished feeling in your heart. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to trim the back and door a little bit to make everything perfect. I’m sure there’s a scientific, mathematical way to formulate these template pieces so that everything lines up perfectly, but I haven’t found it. This template came together through trial and a lot of error. So yeah, the back and door need a tiny bit of trimming.

Lastly, attach your little mailbox flag and… TA DA!! Your Valentine’s Day Mailbox is all ready and set to decorate ’til your heart’s content!

With a little bit of patterned tape, some stamps and a few buttons, here is my completed mailbox. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial, and PLEASE – if you make one of these mailboxes, we’d love to see it!

Happy Valentine’s Day, makers!

Enjoy!

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10 thoughts on “Make: Valentine’s Day Mailbox

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  2. Very cute with excellent directions and template. The only complaint is that the mailbox is kind of small and didn’t fit all the different size Valentine’s Day cards the kids brought in. Next time I will enlarge the template a bit.

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  6. Teachers and Homeschoolers, the size appears to be perfect for the “valentine cards” you may download from prekinders.com in order to teach shapes and numbers. (http://www.prekinders.com/mailbox-math/) I’m not associated with the website, but I use it often to gain ideas for my pre-K classroom.

    Using regular paper and the template provided here, I made a quick mailbox just to see if the mailbox size would be too small, too big, or “Goldilocks just right” for the prekinders.com valentine “envelopes.” It appears to be just right!

    My school has some legal size file folders no one wants, so I’m going to use them instead of card stock. Don’t have the time now, but it looks like a good Spring Break project. Or I may wait until next February and get some mailboxes from Target’s Dollar Spot, as prekinders.com did. Target’s mailboxes come in the 2 styles shown on prekinders — plastic US mailboxes in which we deposit outgoing mail or tin mailboxes like the one here. The Target versions would be much more durable. Youtube has numerous videos of decorating the tin mailboxes.

    • Teachers, after comparing the size of these to the more durable tin ones at Target, I’m going to wait until next year to buy the $1 Target ones. Originally, I thought the Target ones were substantially larger and would require alot of storage space. Turns out, the Target ones are only minimally larger. Of greater importance is the durability of the tin ones from Target and the time required to make 10 (which is how many I need for my classroom). At $1 each, I’ll buy the Target ones and then decorate.
      Parents and crafters, if you only need 1 or 2 and are looking for a craft idea for your children, I’d go with this. Just know many of today’s manufactured Valentine cards will need to be folded an extra time in order to fit.

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