Valentine's Day Mailbox

washi box

Kids love crafting their own Valentine's Day mailbox to collect cards and messages from friends and family! Washi tape provides an easy, fun and colorful way to create and decorate -- it comes in dozens of bright colors and patterns (available at craft stores).

Supplies
Washi tape (paper craft tape) in two or more colors/patterns
Colored card stock
Sheet of white paper
Cardboard box/shoe box
Wrapping paper
Pencil
Scissors
Ruler
Glue stick
Clear tape
A marker

Directions
1.    Choose the colors of paper and tape desired.
2.    To make a Valentine’s Day card, cut a piece of colored card stock into a 4-inch square.
3.    Cut a heart (about 3½ inches wide) from the white paper. (Draw the pattern free hand, or use a template.)
4.    Tear one strip of tape long enough to go across the cut-out heart and past the edges a bit. Adhere the strip of tape to the heart smoothly.
5.    One at a time, continue tearing tape strips and adhering them next to each other onto the heart until it is covered.
6.    Turn the covered heart over and use scissors to cut all the extra tape around it’s outline.
7.    Use a glue stick to adhere the striped heart to the square of cardstock.
8.    To finish, use a marker to draw a simple border on the front of the card and to write a happy Valentine message on the back.
9.    To make the card “mailbox”, wrap a cardboard box with gift wrap and clear tape.
10.    Use the technique above to make letters and shapes to spell out a word or name and then use a glue stick to adhere them to the front of the box.
11.    Cut a hole in the top of the box and it’s ready to collect valentines at home, school or a party!


More tips and ideas:
•    Decorate matching envelopes with washi tape if desired.
•    Cover the background of each card and the box with washi tapes too.
•    Leave a little space between the tape strips for a different look.
•    Tear the tape into little squares instead of strips to make mosaic designs.
•    Simply use paper strips and a glue stick if washi tape isn’t available.
•    Use the versatile washi tape to decorate a matching vase, tray or sign!

----------

Pamela Maxwell is an artist, author and mother of two growing boys. Her craft and scrapbooking projects have appeared in numerous books and magazines. Photo by Pamela Maxwell.

Chinese New Year Lion Lantern

Chinese New Year Lion Lantern

Light up a Chinese New Year celebration with this lively lantern -- a perfect project to do at home with the kids!SuppliesRed paper lanternSheet of red tissue paper1 sheet of office paperScraps of c . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: Pop Art Hearts

Art with Alyssa: Pop Art Hearts

A fun art project to do with kids on Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year.Pop Art artists of the 1960s, such as Andy Warhol, used everyday objects as inspiration for art. In the 1980s another grou . . .

Read more

Valentine's Day Mailbox

Valentine's Day Mailbox

Kids love crafting their own Valentine's Day mailbox to collect cards and messages from friends and family! Washi tape provides an easy, fun and colorful way to create and decorate -- it comes in do . . .

Read more

DIY Funny Valentine's Cards

DIY Funny Valentine's Cards

Help the kids make funny valentines for classmates and friends, using the first initial in their names, festive paper and funny features. Happy Valentine’s Day!Supplies A variety of colored, patte . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: Tint and Shade Hearts

Art with Alyssa: Tint and Shade Hearts

Learn tinting and shading with this fun and educational art project that is great for Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year. It works best with oil pastels, but chalk pastel would work as well. D . . .

Read more

Handmade Activities for Valentine's Day

Handmade Activities for Valentine's Day

Greeting cards, jewelry, boxed chocolates—Valentine’s Day can be an expensive holiday! But, your family’s celebration doesn’t have to cost a lot to be meaningful. Here’s a bunch of fun and . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: African Maasai Family

Art with Alyssa: African Maasai Family

Celebrate diversity and families with this easy project that utilizes fabric scraps and materials you may already have. Consider framing the finished artwork and gifting it to a family member. The p . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: Leprechaun Traps

Art with Alyssa: Leprechaun Traps

Have fun this St. Patrick’s Day making leprechaun traps with the kids. Start by reading a related story, such as How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace, for inspiration. Then use your imaginati . . .

Read more

Swirly Shamrocks

Swirly Shamrocks

Craft this cute shamrock for St. Paddy’s Day with green paper, glue and a little glitter. You'll Need:4 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 green cardstock or construction paperPencilRulerScissorsWhite glueTr . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: Nature's Paintbrushes

Art with Alyssa: Nature's Paintbrushes

Create beautiful outdoor art using homemade paintbrushes from plants and items found in nature.Tips for Teachers/ParentsTeach children to respect living plants and only use found or discarded flower . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!