Valentine Mailbox

I’m so excited to be a part of the Elmer’s “Crafty Mamas” Blogger Crew this year, bringing you fun and seasonal projects you and your kids can create using Elmer’s products!  This is a sponsored post, for which I have received supplies and compensation, but the ideas and opinions are 100% my own.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, friends!  It’ll be here before we know it!  So, the other day when we were snowed in together, Little Crafter and I decided to break out the glitter and glue and make a fun, festive Valentine Mailbox!

Valentine Mailbox with Elmer's

Little Crafter was all about the idea…in case you didn’t know, he’s got himself a girlfriend.  He and Princess S. are the best of friends and reportedly hold hands in the hall every chance they get at school.  Here they are cuddled up together and watching a movie at a recent playdate.  Seriously.  How cute are they?

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Recently, Little Crafter asked me, “What’s a Valentine?”  When I told him it was like a little love note you give to someone you care about, he told me he better have a mailbox to hold them all because he just knows Princess S. is going to give him a LOT of those.  And so, we got to work.  Here’s how we made ours and you can too!

Valentine Mailbox with Elmer's

Materials:
- Elmer’s Glue-All Multi-purpose glue
- Elmer’s Colored Glue Sticks
- Elmer’s Glitter Glue
- Elmer’s Brilliant Glitter Shakers
- 12×12 white cardstock, black cardstock {mine was adhesive, but you can also use regular}
- 3 small black pom-poms, 1 small orange pom-pom
- 2 small google eyes
- brown and black markers
- electronic cutting machine and software

Valentine Mailbox with Elmer's

Step 1: Cut the mailbox shape from your white cardstock.  Assemble the basic box and glue it together with Glue-All.  If you have a Silhouette, you can download the same mailbox we used from the online store.  If not, I saw some other free printable mailboxes that are the same basic shape on Pinterest.

Step 2: Decorate your add-ons.  The mailbox we used came with three hearts, a flag, a latch, and a rim for around the door.  If you are using a different one, it’s easy to cut out heart shapes and a flag!  Little Crafter decided that the first thing he wanted to do was use a pink colored glue stick.  He was pretty enthralled that instead of drying clear, it dries the color it is when you apply it.

Valentine Mailbox with Elmer's

He spread the glue stick over his shapes first, then sprinkled glitter on top.

Valentine Mailbox with Elmer's

How fun is that?!  We loved trying different glue and glitter combinations to see how different they looked.  He also decided to use some silver glitter glue for a few of the accents.

Valentine Mailbox with Elmer's

Step 3: Adhere your add-ons.  Since I used adhesive backed cardstock, ours worked like stickers.  If you’re using regular cardstock, just use a regular {or colored} Elmer’s glue stick or your Glue-All to put them wherever your little crafter wants them to go.

Valentine Mailbox with Elmer's

Step 4: This is really where it got fun!  Cut and decorate Olaf!
In our house, we {and I do mean we!} have a little love affair going on with Olaf, the snowman from Frozen.  I put an image of him into my Silhouette software, traced it, and cut him out.  Then, to make him look like himself, all we had to do was color his arms, “hair”, and eyebrows, draw on his mouth, and add some eyes and pom-poms for his nose and buttons using our Glue-All.

Valentine Mailbox with Elmer's

Since glitter makes everything {even Olaf} better, I couldn’t resist sprinkling some white glitter on him.  Once he was adhered to the side of the mailbox, Little Crafter insisted we use the words, “I like warm hugs,” which is his favorite line from the whole movie.

Valentine Mailbox with Elmer's

I figure there’s no sense in making you do extra work that I’ve already done, so feel free to download this cuttable file of Olaf’s outline and the words we used.

That’s it, friends!  A simple project that’s oh-so-fun for your little crafters to decorate!  If you want to keep it more simple, you can leave off Olaf and the words, and just decorate with hearts!  We had a blast playing with the colored glue and the glitter; I know he’s going to want to pull those out again soon for sure.  So, now we’re ready and waiting for Valentine’s Day…wonder how many love notes Princess S. will have up her sleeve!

Valentine Mailbox with Elmer's

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{Warm} Hugs & Glitter,

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24 comments on Valentine Mailbox

  1. grandma
    January 23, 2014 at 6:39 AM (3 months ago)

    Such a cute mailbox…I love Olaf too… :)

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    • dancers4life
      January 23, 2014 at 9:21 AM (3 months ago)

      Yay! Glad you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    • dancers4life
      January 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM (3 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Ciara!

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  2. Becky
    January 23, 2014 at 10:34 AM (3 months ago)

    I remember making these with my kiddos when they were younger! Thanks for sharing.
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    • dancers4life
      January 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM (3 months ago)

      You bet! Thanks for stopping by, Becky!

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  3. Jamie
    January 23, 2014 at 10:45 PM (3 months ago)

    SQUEEEEE love Olaf!!

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    • dancers4life
      January 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM (3 months ago)

      Me too, Jamie!!!

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  4. Sky
    January 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM (3 months ago)

    Most adorable thing ever! Lc with his girlfriend cuddled up- that doesn’t put a lump in your throat or anything, does it?! Such a fun post, Amy!
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  5. Danielle
    January 24, 2014 at 8:27 PM (3 months ago)

    I absolutely LOVE Olaf!!! So dang cute, I’m glad I found all your fun Olaf ideas…glad I’m not the only one ‘obsessed’ with him ;)
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    • dancers4life
      January 25, 2014 at 1:57 PM (3 months ago)

      Lol! Definitely not the only one…I’m crazy about Olaf!

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  6. Crystal
    January 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM (3 months ago)

    Super cute mailbox!! Little Crafter and his girl are super cute too!

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  7. Shanna Gilbert
    January 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM (3 months ago)

    That turned out darling! I remember the days of making those. Your little crafter and the princess are too cute!
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  8. Kristen
    February 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM (2 months ago)

    Could you email the docs you used. For some reason google docs isnt working for me. Thanks!!! This will be a hit with my daughter’s class!

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