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.

Ice Painting

Ice Painting

Creating art with frozen paint cubes (ice painting) is a super fun summertime or warm-weather activity. It’s also a great party activity for a Frozen-themed birthday party (or any winter-themed ce . . .

Read more

Minions The Rise of Gru Activity Kit

Minions The Rise of Gru Activity Kit

In the 1970s, young Gru tries to join a group of supervillains called the Vicious 6 after they oust their leader -- the legendary fighter Wild Knuckles. When the interview turns disastrous, Gru and hi . . .

Read more

How to Make a Campfire Crown

How to Make a Campfire Crown

Nothing says camping like a gooey s’mores goodness, so it’s only fitting that kings and queens of the campfire wear s’mores-themed crowns. Here are instructions to make campfire crowns for you . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: How to Make a Nature Journal

Art with Alyssa: How to Make a Nature Journal

Creating and maintaining a nature journal is a fun, relaxing and educational activity for children (and adults) that encourages time outdoors and connection with nature. There is no right way to kee . . .

Read more

DIY Instruments for Kids

DIY Instruments for Kids

Get creative and have a festive backyard parade with these beautiful homemade musical instruments! Local artist Emily Dolton shares step-by-step instructions on how to make a Melon Maraca, Citrus Dr . . .

Read more

DIY Kiddie Car Wash

DIY Kiddie Car Wash

This fun, do-it-yourself kiddie car wash keeps kids and their ride-on toys cool and clean. Add a spray hose, mild dish detergent and a bubble gun for hours of outdoor playtime. Total cost of materia . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: DIY Miniature Book

Art with Alyssa: DIY Miniature Book

It’s really fun to craft your own mini books. They make thoughtful gifts for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and more, or a unique place to record your own ideas and quotes. There is lot . . .

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

Beaded Bubble Wands

Beaded Bubble Wands

Beaded Bubble Wands Here’s a fun summer art project by Jean Van't Hul. Kids will love designing their own beaded bubble wands! This also makes a great party or play-date activity.  Material . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: Paper Bag Memory Books

Art with Alyssa: Paper Bag Memory Books

Create a unique memory book to save special keepsakes and photos—and to reminisce about all the fun you had this summer!Discussion Points for Parents/Teachers Talk about your favorite summer me . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: Star Wars Themed Art Projects

Art with Alyssa: Star Wars Themed Art Projects

These fun Star Wars-inspired art projects require just paint, cardboard, egg cartons and a little imagination to create three-dimensional portraits of Baby Yoda, Boba Fett and BB-8. They serve as wh . . .

Read more

The Bad Guys Movie Activity Kit

The Bad Guys Movie Activity Kit

This Spring, being bad never looked so good! To celebrate the release of The Bad Guys, DreamWorks Animation is partnering with San Diego Family Magazine to provide a free downloadable activity kit fo . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!