Kids Cardboard Mailbox Tutorial

I made this mini mailbox for the Strawberry Shortcake party.  The activities for the party were centered around this little guy. Each of Strawberry Shortcake’s friends sent the party goers a letter containing instructions for an activity to do.

So here is what I did:

DIY Kids Cardboard Box Mailbox 

I started off with with a baby wipes box.

I lifted up the flaps and used a plate to trace a half circle on two opposite flaps that will make up the sides of the mailbox.  I cut off the excess leaving just the circle.

Next I took the other two flaps that would eventually turn into the front and the back and bent them in.  I glued them to the circle sides and was left with an empty space in the middle.

I grabbed another piece of cardboard and bent it to finish off the rounded top.

I glued it in place.

Next I cut out a door in the back and a mail slot in the front.

I wanted it to look like it was old and weathered.  I remembered these faux rust cans and followed her links to the site to download the image.  I busted out the handy Mod Podge and had a little kids mailbox in no time at all. Plus my girls still like playing with it, even though the party is over so I think I am getting my money’s (free by the way) worth.

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  1. Cute idea! My husband made a little house for my 2 year old out of a cardboard box and it’s her favorite toy in the whole house. I don’t know why I even pay money for toys. My daughter always loves the packaging it comes in better!

  2. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

  3. Melodyguthrie says:

    Great idea

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