Looking for a great way to get your child involved in Valentine’s Day fun? Try a handmade mailbox, made from scratch (and with lots of love!). It’s the perfect way to keep their hands busy, get their creativity flowing, and, of course, contain all those Valentines they’re sure to bring home from school.
Take a look below for a quick guide to this fun Valentine’s Day creation!
- Design your mailbox using an empty oatmeal container. To create the rounded mailbox shape we’re familiar with, start with a simple blank slate—an empty oatmeal container! Simply cut the cylinder lengthwise so that you have a flat surface to work on, then get creative. Your child can paste pink or purple cardstock onto the surface for a vibrant Valentine’s Day look, then use crayons, glitter, and stick-on shapes to personalize the design.
- Attach it to a sturdy base. Once your child has finished their design (and let any glue or sticky pieces dry thoroughly), you’re ready to attach the face of your mailbox to a sturdy surface. Cut an old piece of cardboard to serve as the bottom of your mailbox (depending on how big the oatmeal container was), then attach the two pieces together with glue or tape.
- Seal your mailbox with a handy lid. Every mailbox needs a lid. For one that mirrors the open-and-close mechanism of a traditional mailbox (without the hardware), you can attach Velcro pieces to the top of the box and to a cardstock cover, so that friends can place their messages inside and close it when they’re finished. You can also help your child attach strings to the front of the box (similar to beaded door curtains) for a fun twist on the traditional cover.
- Affix a fancy flag. The mailman may not be picking up mail to be sent from this mailbox, but your child can still attach a fun flag (using chenille or popsicle sticks) to the box. When friends or family leave a message, they can turn the flag upward to let your child—the recipient—know that there’s something inside!
- Encourage your child to send their own Valentine’s mail, too. One of the best ways to use the Valentine’s Day mailbox is to encourage your child to send their own cards, treats, and messages to others. They might be so busy on the 14th passing out their own treats, that they don’t even realize their own box is filling up with goodies in the process!
We hope that this crafty idea helps make Valentine’s Day extra special for your whole family.