DIY Cardboard Valentine’s Day Mailbox

Out of all the Valentine’s Day crafts out there, gift ideas, floral arrangements, date night ideas, and cooking recipes, this is the one craft/DIY I’ve had my eyes on the entire month!!!! This DIY Valentine’s Day mailbox, brings excitement to my little one, and his classmates, while they pass out their valentine’s day cards in class! It also keeps it all in one place, organized, and ready to take home for my kindergartener to open! With a few simple tools, and supplies, you can create this DIY mailbox before you drop off you little one to school!!!! Let’s go!!

Supplies:

  • Cardboard Box (I used a moving box we still had in the garage)
  • Duct tape
  • Scotch Tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Blue Giftwrap (DollarTree)
  • Heart Stickers/Foam Hearts (DollarTree)
  • Blue Construction Paper (Optional)

So there really were no directions when I did my mailbox. I literally took a look at a Pinterest pin, and freehanded everything else. BUT if you are the type to follow step by step directions, here’s a higher lever rough step by step process of what I did.

Directions:

  1. Start by cutting out 2 equal round sides for the mailbox.
    It’s important that each side is equal in size, so the mail box isn’t lop-sided.
  2. Cut out the bottom to the mailbox.
    The sizes to the mailbox, is to your desire, whichever size you do, just be sure everything is to scale.
  3. Duct tape the edges of the bottom to the bottom edges of the side panels.
    From here you have already made the main sides and support of the mailbox.
  4. Once both sides and bottom are attached, you can create the top curved part of the mailbox. Simply, cut the width of the mailbox, and have it curve at the top. You can also do this in two parts, if your cardboard isn’t long enough.
  5. Duct tape as much as you can to support the curved cardboard, to create the mailbox shape.
  6. Next you can use a x-acto knife to help cut out the mailbox opening.
  7. I also made a pull-out drawer for the bottom half of the mailbox.
    When creating the open tops/drawer, you may have to create a “stopper,” towards the back of the “pull-out,” drawer, so it would fall out.
  8. Next you can decorate!!!!!!
    I used a royal blue gift wrap I purchased at the DollarTree.
    Wrap the mailbox all around, including the sides of the pull-out drawer.
  9. Add hearts, decorative stickers, or customize the mailbox with your child’s name!
  10. …..Viola!! That’s it!!!
    Take this mailbox to your child’s school, and have he/she and the class enjoy dropping his valentine’s in his customized DIY Cardboard mailbox!!!

Have made a Valentine’s mailbox, or swag bag for your little one?! Comment below! I’d love to see your ideas!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Teddy Graham Hearts

Valentine’s is coming up, and while my kids are in the middle of basketball playoffs, martial arts, and are invited to birthday parties over the weekend, this mama has no time to do some extreme time consuming craft, or bake-good treat. Although, the creative juices in me want to, I have to be real with myself with the time I have.

So after a quick search on my pal Pinterest, I stumbled upon this cute Teddy Bear Graham Cookies Conversation Heart treat.

Pinterest Inspired By:

Teddy Bear Graham Cookies Holding Conversation Hearts

 By: Hello, Wonderful 

and also seen on…

Valentine’s Day Teddy Grahams

By: The Decorated Cookie

What You’ll Need:

  • Teddy Grahams (Honey flavored, or any of your favorite)
  • Conversation Heart Candies
  • Decorating Icing

Using ready made teddy bear cookies and conversation hearts makes this diy treat so easy to make, I could just make my kindergartener do it all. Seriously, no extra work for us working moms!!

Directions (it’s pretty simple):

  1. Add frosting/icing to the belly of each Teddy Graham and stick the conversation heart.
  2. You’re done! (Set to dry)

They are so cute!! With low effort too!!! Pack these cute adorable teddy’s in your childs lunch, or use them as a cupcake topper! I’ll probably make them as a cute Valentine’s Fay favor if time allows.

What’s your favorite Valentine’s treat?!

Check out more of my Festive Fun!!

Throwback Thursday Craft: LOVE

Does anyone else love the Facebook ‘On This Day,’ feature? I’ve forgotten all the cool crafts I’ve done with the kids when they were young. As my blog is growing, I can’t imagine all the stay-at-home moms stumbling over my blog, in search of festive crafts to do with their kiddos. So, that’s why I’m here as another mother, just documenting the fun, and Pinterest inspiration.

Here’s a throwback craft I did in 2014 (two years ago) with the kids! A few years later, and now my youngest the same age my older son was at the time of this craft!!

Where is time going?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Let me sit here at my desk, and gently weep, and shed a tear….Soon, my kids will no longer want to do these crafts with me..So that’s why I do them now, and document them knowing I once, was a mother who took the time and crafted with her kids. Hopefully, the times will stick, and the boys will remember, as I am..

You’ve all probably seen the love handprint craft on Pinterest countless times. So I’ll make the directions short and sweet.

Supplies:

  • -Acrylic craft paint (2-4 shades from white to pink)
  • -Sponge brush
  • -Canvas

Directions:

  1. Create an ombre effect as the background of the canvas. Completely cover the canvas.
  2. Set to dry.
  3. Spell out ‘love,’ with a handprint as the o, and footprints of the v.
  4. Set to dry….And viola!!!

Be sure to note the kids ages, and date of the craft!!! This is what makes the keepsake even that much cooler!!!!!

Dollar Valentine Buys

It’s exactly a week before Valentine’s Day! For some of us, we love to decorate our homes with festive things, garlands, flower arrangements, and diy crafts. The Pinterest loving flow of crafts for this special love filled day oozes with pink and purple delight! To me, its all more for the kids and teachers. I celebrate Valentine’s day along with the kids, but don’t really go all out within my home.

When it comes down to gifts, treats, and v-day cards, I like to take a step back from buying an already assembled gifts for your child’s teacher. I mean, I still feel like I’m recovering from the holiday expenses!!! On top of it all is the kids valentine’s day cards, and sometimes the class likes to celebrate and have a party towards the end of the school day….And that does get expensive. However, when you can’t really justify spending more than $20 for v-day things, I’d definitely go out of my way to check out the DollarTree or 99Cent Only stores for supplies I can purchase for the occasion.

DollarTree (above picture)

Between the two dollar stores, DollarTree holds a special place in my heart. I’ve gone countless times to DollarTree over and over again to get certain staples for my kitchen, as well as snacks, and food supplies. When it comes down to festive holiday accessories, the DollarTree never ever disappoints. From gift bags, tissue paper, and knick-nacks for crafts, or gift basket fillers; the DollarTree can supply is all.

Valentine’s Dollar Steals!

Here’s a few items I’ve purchased for this upcoming cupids holiday!!

Valentine Greeting Cards

**Save a ton with these Dollar buy greeting cards. When it comes down to gift giving, with the card included, save some money, with purchasing cards from the DollarTree!! Sometimes, cards can cost $0.49! That totally beats a Target card at $4.98!!**

Chocolate Hearts (Crispy & Milk Chocolate)

Red Ribbon Bows (Includes 2 bows)

Red Paper Stuffing

Red Glitter Chinese Gift Boxes (Pack of 2)

99 Cent Only Stores

I’ve always been familiar with the 99Cent Store, but there was never really one in my area to go to on a daily. The times I did check it out, I was super surprised with the brand named items I found from snacks, cleaning supplies, and holiday items.

Last week I was able to drop by my local 99Cent Store, and was pleased to see all the Valentine’s delight. From balloons, necklaces, mugs, and bakeware cup liners, and toppers. I didn’t really shop much, for I didn’t have any projects in mind just yet………But once I came home, gathered some inspo from Pinterest, I think I’m ready for another visit, for a few supplies.

 

What are your favorite V-DAY items to purchase at the DollarTree or 99Cent Store?? Have you already created a diy or gift basket for a special someone?! Comment below! I may need more inspiration from you readers!!

Blowing Kisses (Bubble Valentine)

Valentine’s is here just in a few days, an as baseball season kicks in, trying to find the time to make a DIY valentine card is quite difficult to find. Last year I made some fun Cupid’s Poop for my son’s 1st grade class. Since time is tight now-a-days, I have to create and fun and easy treat to prepare. Here’s a quick and easy valentine’s day treat to share with your child’s classmates. Take the time to add some personality, and fun to your valentine’s day “card.” This is fun treat to blow kisses towards your valentine. Plus, it contain’s no sugar!

What you’ll need:

  1. Bubbles (Bubble Wands/Favors)
    (I purchased mine from Target for about $3. These fun robot themed bubbles can add a great modern twist to your average Valentine color scheme.)
  2. Silver Round Metal Rim Gift Key Tags. Aqua, 1 9/16inch diameter
    (My older son  came with me in Michael’s, and picked the tags out himself!)
  3. Teal Bakers Twine (or ribbon! Whatever color that cou)
    ($1.99 at Michael’s, we found ours right at the check out line.)
  4. Scissors
  5. Pen

Bubble Valentine's
Directions:

  1. Pre-write with your child the “To,” “From,” and “Happy Valentine’s Day” with your child is he already know’s how to write. Sadly, we were pressed for time, so mommy had to just do it. (It happens. But mommy, works more efficiently as well.)
  2. Eyeball however long you’d like your twine or ribbon to be, and tie a nice bow around your bubble lid.
  3. Secure gift tag to the favor.
  4. Pass our your Valentine’s!Class Valentine'sHere’s my finish product. Don’t mind one of the tags. I had a brain fart, and I was waiting for my coffee to brew.
    Simple, and easy right?Check out more of my Valentine’s craft inspiration here on my Pinterest page!
    Bubble
    I hope you and loved ones have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I sure know I am!
    (It’s our anniversary weekend! Eeek!! 14years!!)

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Smiles

Valentine’s Day For Him

Valentine's Gift Ideas: For Him

 

Last week I posted a Valentine’s guide for her. I shared a few ideas to celebrate the special day, gift idea items as well as evening plans. The gifts were centralized around her and as a couple, but here I’d like to share a few giftable ideas for the guy.  Now, it all depends what he’s into. Whatever it is, get accessories for it! Above is a few common guy things I’m sure the boyfriend or husband would appreciate.
What’s He Into?
From a music lover, you can get him an old vinyl record he’s been wanting, or of a classic artist. If he’s not completely into old school music, you can’t go wrong with with portable speakers like Beats Pill, or a JAMBOX. If your man is a cook, possibly a brand new cooking knife, bakeware, or new piece of cutlery. While in the realm of electronics,  an external portable battery charger or auxiliary cord is always handy, in addition a lifeproof iPhone case.
In the end, guys are pretty easy to gift for. Don’t over think it. If you’re having a bit of trouble, check out ModCloth’s Geeky Goods or Quirky Finds.
Happy Valentine’s Shopping lovebirds!!
Smiles