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.
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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