DIY cardboard mailbox for kids

diy cardboard mail box for kids What to do when a sturdy box comes my way? A diy cardboard mailbox was at the top of my list and here’s sharing with you why I decided to make this!

Now, as a child, I’ve always loved to receive love notes, even if it read ‘Do pages 20-26. Love, Mom’ and stuck on an assessment book. Yeah, I was silly like that. Truth be told, I even impersonated my mom and wrote notes to myself, signing off with ‘Love, Mom’.

Naturally, I grew up being a sucker for love letters too. Unfortunately, my hubby isn’t the romantic sort so I don’t have many from him.

Anyway, so I made a mailbox for my kids because I wanted them to have their share of love notes from us. And since my girl has begun to read and write, I thought writing notes and ‘posting’ them would encourage her to read and write more and also to show her the value of learning to read and write in life.

I used a sturdy box plus one more piece of cardboard to make the curved portion at the top and held them together using strong tape. For the two semicircles, I open up the two small flaps at the opening of the original box then cut a curve on both to make them both semicircles – you can place a bowl on the flaps to get a precise curve but I didn’t manage to find one that fit the box nicely so I just estimated.

After the two semicircles were up, I curved up the original flap of the box (the long side) but because it wasn’t long enough, I added one more piece of cardboard from another box and that’s it! :)

Then I cut out a rectangle at the front of the mailbox and three sides of a square at the back of the box (as shown in the picture above). For the opening at the back, I cut out a small square at the top so that it would be easier to open the flap.

Then what’s left was just decorating the mailbox with construction paper and washi tape.

Needless to say, there was much to look forward to the very next day when she received her first note from daddy!

The first thing she said that morning was ‘Is there mail from daddy?’ and she rushed to the mailbox in her pyjamas, barely awake.

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Look at her I-just-woke-up hair!

This may have taken up some of my time to make, but I think it’s worth it! Now which parent wouldn’t like receiving ‘I love you’ notes from their kids? That alone, is worth every minute spent making it.

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4 Responses to DIY cardboard mailbox for kids

  1. Simple Mum says:

    I love your crafts! My girl loves my love notes too which I sometimes secretly put into her lunch box to school! Everyone loves to read love notes. This mailbox looks big, but would be good to put in loads of notes. How do you make the top semi lid?
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    • simplymommie says:

      Thanks Christy. I’ve even stuffed in a parcel of clothes for her from the back flap. 😛
      For the two semicircles, I open up the two small flaps at the opening of the original box then cut a curve on both to make them both semicircles – you can place a bowl on the flaps to get a precise curve but I didn’t manage to find one that fit the box nicely so I just estimated.
      After the two semicircles were up, I curved up the original flap of the box (the long side) but because it wasn’t long enough, I added one more piece of cardboard from another box and that’s it! 🙂
      I shall update the post with these instructions too – you just reminded me that I left them out! Thanks!

  2. Such a great idea. I’m so glad I found your site. Will definitely have this in my To Do Craft Ideas for my daughter.
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  3. What a creative idea. I’ll make sure to make a cardboard mailbox for my little girl too as soon as I get home.
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