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Valentine's Day Card Mailbox

Create this adorable Valentine's Day card mailbox to store your little one's, and your own, valentines!

For parents, February 14 is the one day of the year when romance is not a forbidden word in the vocabulary of mom and dad. It's a chance to celebrate the everlasting bond with your special someone over romantic dinner, delicious cocktails, and candy shaped hearts.

And while we have plenty ideas of adult-only celebrations for this sensual day like special Valentine's Day cocktails, romantic dinners for two, and even ideas for an anti-valentines Day with the girls, kid valentines day celebrations are more heavily geared towards crafting and of course - loads of Valentine's Day cards.

Even with the growing popularity of e-cards, the joy of giving out Valentine's day candies to your classmates doesn't seem to be dying down any time soon. The kids are sure to receive a few Valentines from friends and classmates. This year, instead of simply piling them up or sticking them to the fridge, make this festive mailbox with them to store their Valentine's Day cards. This is not only an easy Valentine's Day craft, but functional as well!

  • 1 piece 5 x 7 cardboard
  • 1 piece 7 x 12 thick cardstock
  • Other coordinating papers
  • Sraft glue or glue dots
  • Stickers or other embellishments


Step 1: Trace the cardboard on one piece of decorative paper.



Step 2: Cut out, and glue on top of the cardboard. This will be the bottom of the mailbox.



Step 3: Glue each end of the thick cardstock piece to the sides of cardboard forming a funnel shape.



Step 4: Setting this piece on one end, trace around it on another sheet of coordinating paper adding 1/4 inch around. Cut out. Do this two times. This will be the ends of your mailbox.



Step 5: Take one piece of this paper and cut in about 1/4 inch on the bottom corners and on the sides of the curved shape.



Step 6: Fold the bottom edge up and glue it underneath one end of cardboard. We used tape to help secure the piece while work continued.



Step 7: Fold the remaining edges in, and glue inside the cardstock mailbox.



Step 8: Using the other end piece, trace and cut out a matching piece of thick cardstock. Glue the two pieces together. Fold the bottom 1/4 inch up and glue underneath the opposite end of the mailbox from step 7.



Step 9: Glue a short piece of ribbon to the top of this flap to help pull the mailbox open.



Step 10: Add some decorative touches. We made a flag out of cardstock scraps and attached a chipboard letter sticker to the front in the initial of the child using the mailbox.

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