Fun Valentine Mailbox Tutorial
This post is sponsored by Plaid and Blueprint Social. All opinions 100% my own.
Let Cupid take aim at this heart-shaped target Valentine Mailbox with attached quiver for Valentine’s Day treats.
Valentine’s day is so fun now that my son is old enough to get excited about making Valentines for his friends. I still remember how much fun that was! I also remember how much fun I used to have decorating my Valentine mailbox to collect all of the cards I received. Sawyer will be making his at school, so I was so excited when I was challenged to create a Valentine mailbox for Valentine’s Day with Plaid Crafts!
Inspired by Cupid and those pesky arrows he is always shooting I made a Valentine mailbox by upcycling a few simple items I had around the house. For the box I used a priority mailing box from the good old USPS and a plastic water bottle.
I covered the box in brown paper and used a heart template to trace the target’s shape onto the box.
Then I got down to painting. I used Apple Barrel paints to filling the hearts, alternating between red and white to create an enticing target for Cupid.
To make the arrows I used paper straws and scrapbook paper. It was pretty easy. For the feathers on the arrow I cut a rectangle out of scrapbook paper and cut a “V” out of the top and cut the bottom into a point. Then I cut it into two diamond-shaped pieces making 2 feathers. I cut three diagonal slits in each feather and trimmed a small portion off the inner edge of each slit to make the space more noticeable. I cut a vertical slit from the tip of the point to just below the top of the feather, this was so I could just slide the feather onto the straw. Once I had 3 feathers placed on each straw I put a drop of glue on each feather to make sure it stayed in place.
I used an exacto knife to cut an X where I wanted the arrow to go into the box. You might need to wiggle the blade around to widen the hole a little just play with it until you can get the straw in, but don’t make it too big you want the arrow to fit snugly. Once the arrow is in just push it as deep into the box as you would like. I went about 1/3 of the way in.
My favorite part was the quiver. I had a water bottle that was a cylinder and I cut it in half. Then I used double-sided tape to attach a piece of scrapbook paper as the strap and hot glued the plastic container to the side of my box. I think I loved it so much because it meant I got to use the Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day favors that Kat and I made earlier this month.
I cut out “U R My Bullseye” and my son’s name and used a little Mod Podge to attach them to the box. I love how it turned out and it got the thumbs up from my son so we’re going to use it at home for family Valentine’s Day cards.
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