How to Make Mailboxes for Kids

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There are several reasons why a child would want to make her own mailbox. It could be used in her bedroom, at school or for a special holiday event, such as Valentine's Day. One of the easiest ways to make a mailbox is to use a plain, cardboard box. It's lightweight and easy to decorate. You may want to think about the colors and materials you'll want to use before you start the project. This allows you the chance to gather the materials before you start.

  • Find a cardboard container such as a shoe box or small mailing box from the post office. The size and shape of the container is completely up to you. Think about the type of mail you will be receiving. For example, if you intend to use your mailbox for Valentine's Day, you need a box large enough to hold cards and candy.

  • Make a slot for mail to go through somewhere on your cardboard container. Ask an adult to help you cut out a slot. If you prefer, you can just lift the lid to insert and retrieve your mail.

  • Cover the box in the wrapping of your choosing. Wrapping paper, book cover paper or scrapbook paper can be used to cover up the box. Choose a bright, wild design to make your mailbox really stand out. If the box has a lid, remove the lid before wrapping the box. Use scissors to cut the paper down to the correct size. Tape will secure the paper in place.

  • Decorate your mailbox using different craft materials. Ribbon, scrapbook embellishments, stickers and even paint can be used to decorate your mailbox. Think about how you plan on using your mailbox. This will help you decide how to decorate it. If it's going to sit in your room, you may want to match it to the theme in your room.

  • Allow your mailbox to completely dry before testing it out. If it is heavy with glue and decorations, it's best to let it set overnight before use. If you want to add on decorations later, you are always free to do so.

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