Valentine’s Day Mailboxes

by brenda on

Our homeschool co-op exchanged Valentine’s last week. It was super fun for the kids, who are all homeschooled, and haven’t ever experienced the kind of Valentine’s Day parties that I remember as a kid.

A couple of weeks ago, I invited the moms from our co-op over to make Valentine’s Day “Mail Boxes” for our kids. It was so fun! My goal was to make something beautiful like these Pottery Barn ones:

Isn’t it cute?!

Please note that while I aspire to be crafty, I am not talented in this area! I tend to put things together quickly and I get annoyed if it takes me too long. :) It’s just a Valentine’s Day Box, for 1 day of the year though, right?! My kids were impressed with them. That’s all that matters!

Ok, so the first ones I made were out of felt. It’s cheap and it works. However, it’s harder to use. It slips & slides while you glue it on. The edges don’t look finished. It’s hard to wrap around the sides and make it look nice.

felt-valentines-box

See how rough the edges look? I don’t like that. It’s OK, but not beautiful:) Hopefully you can do a better job than I did!

I used some fabric I had on hand to make another one. I like this one better. Tell me what you think:

 valentinesbox1

To make both kinds of boxes, you’ll need:

  • Fabric glue Note: There are different types of fabric glue. I found that the more expensive, “Permanent” types work best for gluing felt.
  • An empty cereal box If you’re on GAPS, you’re gonna have to ask your friends for their empty cereal boxes! Other types of boxes would work too. I had a hard time finding boxes in our home. Most GAPS-friendly food does not come in boxes!! Confession: I bought some gluten free cereal and let my family eat it, just for this occasion. :)
  • Scissors
  • Ric-Rac, ribbon, or other decorations that you want for your box
  • Puffy Paint
For the felt box, you’ll need:
  • 3 pieces of the same colored felt to cover each box
For the fabric box, you’ll need:
  • enough fabric to cover your cereal box
  • 2 pieces of felt to make the heart on the front (optional)
This is a pretty inexpensive project. The supplies for 23 kids in our co-op cost around $60, so less than $3 per child. That’s better than $15, $20, or whatever you’ll spend at the above mentioned store. :) (Though, no judgement here if you choose to buy V-Day boxes, they’re super cute!). For frugal Mamas (who have the time to get crafty), here’s what I did:
For both kinds of boxes:
  • Cut the cereal box to the shape that you want your mailbox to be.
For the felt boxes:
  • Cut out the felt to fit perfectly over the sides, front and back of your cereal box. Do not cover the bottom of the box, or it will be tippy.
  • Glue the felt onto the box.
  • If you’d like, make sure to cut a little extra to wrap around corners & cover up seams, or to wrap inside the box a little ways.
For the fabric covered boxes:
  • Use one big piece of fabric to wrap around the box.
  • Glue the fabric down, and then trim excess fabric.
For both kinds of boxes:
  • Use fabric glue to attach any embellishments that you choose (ric rac, hearts, etc.)
  • Use puffy paint to label the box with the child’s name and whatever else you’d like it to say.
That’s all! Tell me what you think!

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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