- 1 large paper mache mailbox (found at Hobby Lobby)
- 2 small, tin mailboxes (found in the dollar spot at Target)
- 4 wooden spools
- 2 heart shaped wood cut outs
- Red Glitter
- White with silver glitter rick rack (the zigzag ribbon)
- Red ribbon
- Valentine heart felt stickers
- Hot glue
- 2 Rhinestone initials
Once the paint and glue were all dry, I went around the front edge and back edge of my mailbox gluing on the rick rack. With this part you’ll want to be careful not to burn yourself and to make sure you put your glue and ribbon on correctly the first time. Paper Mache is a bit unforgiving if you try to remove something youâve already glued on. Once I had my ribbon on I worked out where I wanted to place my heart stickers. These felt stickers have peel off back, but I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t fall off so I hot glued them on. Those babies aren’t going anywhere. That quick and easily I have a new decoration! I plan on using it in my office to hold Valentine’s candy!
First I painted the hearts that I used as the base and the spools I used to add height. You could even use cheap candlesticks or perhaps a dowel rod. While my bases were drying, I went to town decorating the mailboxes. It was pretty simple because I just used stickers I had bought. The ones I made are being gifted to a 3 and 4 year old so I figured they’d be destroyed in a matter of months, best to keep it cheap and basic. Once again, I recommend hot gluing the stickers on so they’ll stay put. I bought each girls’ first initial in rhinestones and carefully place them on the front panel of the mailbox. They’re not exactly centered, but they are at least mostly straight. That’s a win in my books!
At this point I glued 2 spools together and then glued those to a heart. This will be the base for your mailbox. Now here is the point where I should have done things in a different order. Once I had the bases glued together, I glued them to the mailboxes then finished decorating. Instead, I should have decorated and then attached the bases to the mailbox. I measured out how much ribbon I would need to go around the spools and hot glued them on. The rick rack around the bottom of the heart I glued as I went and then cut when I was finished. Fully assembled they’re ready to be filled with goodies for the girls!
These make such cute gifts for kids or even coworkers. You can pull them out every year for decoration or let your kids them in their rooms to play with. You could even use them to leave little notes every so often. They really are quick and easy gifts that you could whip up in no time!