Showing posts with label Crafts and Activities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crafts and Activities. Show all posts

Friday, November 8, 2013

Turkey Pins!

In light of Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, I am attaching the link to the Turkey Pin Craft I posted last year.  These pins are fab and fun, and easy to make.  They are also a great addition to a festive table setting.


Once I gathered the necessary supplies for the craft, I set aside an afternoon to sit with my daughter and prepare the turkey pins.

I can say with confidence cleaning up the scissor clippings and putting everything away when we were done was the most difficult part in the whole pin making process. 

These pins are easy and fun.  And they are super snazzy when worn to Thanksgiving dinner.  My daughter charged $0.50/pin, whether or not you bleed your relatives dry of all their change is up to you.

But hey, kids need spending cash too ya know.

Happy crafting!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Weekend Fun: Haunted Halloween Houses

My mother, who raised six kids, has long made these houses with munchkins over the years.  My mom has taught me just about everything I know when it comes to fun for my munchkins.

And what she didn't teach me came from the genes.

These houses are perfect for Halloween parties, sleepovers or just for fun on a weekend with your munchkins.


Supplies:
empty, rinsed dry small milk or orange juice cartons
vanilla frosting
graham crackers
haunted house decor (gummy worms, gummy skulls and spiders, chocolate candies, cereals, etc)
paper plates
paper bowls
plastic knives (or wooden Popsicle sticks)

The trick with haunted house making is pre-assembly.  Have cartons dry and ready for graham cracker walls the night before you need the houses.

Assemble roof and walls with vanilla frosting and graham crackers.  Set each house on paper plate, securing with frosting.

Let set overnight.

Once munchkins are ready to make their haunted houses, set out a small bowl of assorted candies and cereals next to each munchkin.  This makes all the finger licking MUCH more tolerable.

I also give each haunted house assembler their own bowl of frosting and their own plastic knife.

This goes back to the licking thing again.

Some munchkins take their time and construct a masterpiece, some slop it all on there and eat the candy.  Either way, the activity is always a big hit.

Mommyhood Footnote:  Remember to supply exciting candies.  Play Halloween tunes.  Make a house with the kids.

As with everything in life, "Halloween House Making" is what you make it.  So make it totally awesome.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

How to Make Wood Pictures


A few months ago, I saw these wooden pictures on Pinterest.  I thought about making them about a dozen times before I pulled the trigger and tried them.  The good news, they are super easy.  The bad news?  I am totally addicted.  I can already see every wall in my new house decorated with wooden pictures of just about anything and everyone I know.

I made wooden picture boxes with unfinished boxes I found on clearance for $0.90/piece.  Transferring the pictures was easy and painless, and the results were extraordinary.

1. Before you begin, grab or purchase from a craft store whatever wood you will be using, and print the pictures you would like to transfer onto paper.

Use a LASER PRINTER.  This works best.  I went plain old black and white.  Obviously, you need to print a good quality picture and make certain the size works for your project.

You also need gel medium, modge pod and foam brushes.

2. Line your workspace with newspaper, since gel mediums and modge pod can be messy. Trim your pictures as you like and make sure everything will fit nicely on wood surface.

3. Using foam brush, cover surface of wood with gel medium.  Turn printed picture picture side down and press firmly, removing all bubbles.  Just a reminder, all text will be backwards on finished project unless you print mirror images.

4. Let dry overnight.

5. The next morning, wet surface with water.  You will need to saturate the paper, and using a sponge or your fingers, rub paper gently until it breaks apart.

You will be left with an image on your wood.  Amazing.

6. Allow to dry, and use a foam sponge to apply modge pod over entire surface to finish your project,  I used glossy modge pod, any finish works great.

These projects are great for gifts, sleepovers and home decor. The possibilities are endless.

Happy crafting!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easy Craft: Easter Bunny Masks

*From the archives, enjoy!*
Before I moved to New York, I held Easter Egg Hunts at my house in Pennsylvania.  I had a tight group of Mommy friends and our munchkins played together frequently.

Life is now much busier and my munchkins have grown in number and size.  These days egg hunts in my yard are reserved for Easter morning.  The number of friends I would need to include would surpass the amount of energy I have to dedicate to an egg hunt.

When I held my annual egg hunts I made masks for the kids to wear.  They sported them while they hunted for eggs.

It was an easy craft.  My munchkins made their own while I prepared masks for their friends.

The masks were simple and they transformed the eager egg hunting munchkins into tiny bunnies.

This week before Easter my munchkins are off from school, and we may just dig out the paper plates and revisit our Bunny Mask Craft.  Or maybe we'll set them up on Easter with their cousins and let them create one to wear for the family egg hunt.

We'll see where the wind takes us.

Bunny Mask Craft
Supplies:
  • Two plain, white paper plates
  • Pink construction paper, pink paint or pink marker
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Glue
  • Crayons, markers, or paint
  • Optional: small pink pompom
  • Optional: elastic 

1.  Either paint the center of 1st paper plate pink or cut a circle from pink construction paper and glue in place (it should be the same size as the inside of a paper plate).

2.  Cut in half, set aside.  These are bunny ears.

3.   Cut a triangular wedge out of other paper plate for child's nose. 

 
                                    image via Enchanted Learning Center

4.  Staple the ears to the face, and cut two holes for eyes.

5.  Draw whiskers, attach elastic on sides of mask to keep mask in place when worn. 

6.  Optional: glue a small pink pompom to the center of the face for nose.

Happy Crafting! 

Like this craft?  Pin it!  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Valentine Mailbox

*A reminder from the archives*

Like all other holidays, we celebrate Valentine's Day BIG.  

Growing up, my mother had a huge, waist expanding Valentine Brunch.  

Along with the surplus of trans fats and sugars, there was a homemade Valentine Mailbox overstuffed with Valentine's for everyone in the family.

As kids, we looked forward to constructing and decorating the Valentine Mailbox.  My mother made this an event.  The event was always announced at least one day in advance. 

"Tomorrow night we are decorating the Valentine Mailbox!"  

Que squeals of delight.

Once decorated, the mailbox was placed out in the open for all to see and admire.  As we made Valentine's we stuffed them inside.

Having a mailbox staring us in the face everyday motivated us to make many Valentine's. 

At our Valentine Brunch, the mailbox was opened and hundreds of Valentine's were delivered.  

The messages, pictures and goodies were always good for a laugh.  

Ever since my munchkins could hold a crayon I helped them make our Valentine Mailbox.  Like my mother, we make it an event and we set our mailbox out in the open.

My munchkins then spend their days crafting, writing and drawing pictures.  They write names on candies and fruit snacks and have even stuffed small toys in the box.

And when my parents are over, they always add a little note for each munchkin.  Or a dollar.

When we open our mailbox at our Valentine Dinner, you never what surprises await.

My trick with any craft or activity we do annually is to keep it simple.  I make it more about the together time and the experience.  We tape any ole' thing we can find onto our mailbox.  Anything pink, purple or red is game.  

We've painted, taped, glued and stapled.  There is no method to our madness. 

Let me walk you through typical mailbox construction:

The blank canvas.  Box, your life will never be the same.  I apologize in advance.
Jackpot!  Valentine craft paper in the basement! 
Hmmm....doesn't quite fit...we'll have to use the patch method....
The Gymnastics Queen is a phenomenal mailbox decorator.  She assumed the title of "2nd in Command".
Right about now is when one of these rascals cracked an inappropriate joke.  Giggles ensued.  No craft time is complete without a joke about butts.
To finish the masterpiece I slice the "mail drop opening" with a knife or scissors. 
 
Year after year, regardless of how the mailbox comes together, it's always perfection.  And I have some wonderful Valentine Mail saved from over the years.  My munchkins never seize to amaze me when they pour their tiny hearts out on homemade Valentines.

Being serious for a hot second (it's about all I can stand), this tradition is wonderful to practice letter writing and composition, etiquette, compassion and design.  

Whew, I think I may have just hurt myself.

Happy Tuesday.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Craft: Pinecone Turkeys


My daughter brought an uber adorable Turkey home from preschool last week.  It was crafted from felt, a pinecone, and feathers.

This little guy is cute enough to sit as the focal centerpiece at our Thanksgiving feast, and cute enough to save year after year after year.

I know we all claim preschool crafts are cute, and they are.  But unless you have a room dedicated to collecting crafts and drawings from preschool through 12th grade, some items just have to go in the recycling bin.

At least at my house they do.  I take comfort in knowing my kids will cherish a few crafts from their childhood, but they would not care to clutter their future homes with all their masterpieces from twenty years ago.

But this little guy?  He's a keeper.
Supplies:

Large pinecone (sold at craft stores if you lack these beauties in your backyard)
Colorful feathers (also sold at craft stores)
Felt (red, yellow or orange.  And...it's at craft stores!)
Elmer's glue or similar
Marker
Turkey Template (below)

1.  Cut template.  Fold felt in half and trace template onto felt with marker.  Cut felt, you will have two turkey heads.  Glue these together at nose and top of head only, not the entire length of the turkey head.  Make eye on both sides with marker. Set aside.

2.  Glue 5-7 feathers in between spaces in pinecone.  The front of the turkey is the bottom (more flat, rounded end) of pinecone.

3.  Once turkey head is dry, attach head with glue to the front of pinecone.  Spread the two pieces of felt apart at bottom (neck area of turkey head) and glue securely.


Turkey Template (Right click on template, save picture, and then reopen and print):
Enjoy!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas List Making with Kids: 5 Tips for Every Family


In case you aren't aware, November is here.   Pretty soon we’ll be hearing those sleigh bells ringing “ding ding” just about all day on the radio.  The “wish books” have been stuffed into your mailbox, and just about every commercial is currently trying to convince your kids they just have to own something.   

With all the Christmas craziness, kids can lose sight of what they want and need.  They start asking for just about everything and anything regardless of whether it's a carrot slicer or a container of Oxyclean.

To help cure the madness, or at least organize the madness, I've developed a go-to system for Christmas wishing.

It all begins with our elf, and "the list."  

Here is my step by step Christmas List making survival guide.

1. Adopt an Elf

We have an Elf, Stanley.  He arrives every Thanksgiving to watch over the my munchkins and fly reports back to Santa.  Stanley is a fabulous helper during the Christmas season.  He can carry all correspondance back and forth, such as good behavior news and Christmas lists tweaks.

No more  "How will Santa know!  I already sent my list! Waaaaaaaa!"

If you don't have your very own "Elf on the Shelf," and you are a big Christmas family like we are, I would recommend adopting one pronto.  Our Elf brings little surprises like stickers and candies every few days, and the kids leave letters for him to bring to Santa.  They ask about the reindeer, the present making and all other happenings in the North Pole.

Yes, I'm aware some of my kids may need therapy to come to terms with the inevitable news that is to come when they are about ten.  Or eleven.  Or maybe never with how this house operates. 

Regardless, Christmas is magic.  Kids are kids.  And only when we are kids do we get to believe in magic.  

2. Save Magazines for "Wishing"

In our house, Christmas wishes all go on a Christmas list.  We make them the week before Thanksgiving, and we leave all of them for Stanley to bring back to Santa.

Every one of my munchkins combs all the "wish books" that come in the mail.  I stash the Target , Toys R Us Big Book, NFL Shop and Justice magazines in a basket in the family room.  My kids looks through them, marking what they like with their initials.  They wish and wish and wish.  

When I'm in the middle of dinner, and I need quiet, and tell them to "go wish."  Literally.  It's used as often as "play outside" and "go read your books."  Wishing is as serious as a heart attack in our house.

When it's time to look through the magazines, there are so many marks and circles it's tough to know who wanted the Green Machine and who wanted the Barbie dollhouse.

3.  Make Lists as a Family

When we sit down to make the lists the kids look through each magazine and pick twenty things they marked.  Of those twenty, they have to star their "top five."

We star gifts because I explain to them that Santa has to bring presents to millions of kids.  We have to remember that we are not the only children with big wishes on Christmas.  If Santa looks at your list quick, and decides to bring you ten gifts, you want him to know what you want the most.  

4. When Needed, Cut and Paste Lists

When my first born was just about three, I started our list making tradition.  Trying to help him write each letter was just about as enjoyable as sticking needles in my eyes.  I quickly solved the problem with the cut and paste Christmas list.  We clipped what he wanted, and pasted it on his list.

Viola.  A detailed list in half the time, maybe a quarter of the time it would have taken to help him write one.  Another bonus?  Fun, easy practice cutting and pasting.

5.  Remember Charity, and Stress the Importance of Giving 

Most importantly, talk about charity, and how to give at Christmas.  The "I want, I want, I want" is normal, but it's important to balance the "I want's" with "What can we do to help_____?"

Volunteer at a soup kitchen.  Sponsor a family.  Have your kids donate a few new toys to Toys for Tots.  If you are religious, discuss the true meaning of Christmas.  Read books about the birth of Jesus.  

We have our cherished Nativity Scene, and every year the kids can't wait to put baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas Eve.

Remember to make giving a focus of your holiday, while letting your kids "wish" til' their little hearts are content.  There is not only magic in Christmas, but valuable lessons about life as well.

Happy weekend everyone - time to grab an elf and make some Christmas lists!!

 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Make-Your-Own Travel Crayons

Back in the day, when we had two munchkins, we enjoyed eating out.  We were regulars at kid's night at Perkins.

The waitress knew our order, and knew we liked a basket of rolls.  She brought our drinks before we even ordered them.

Bless her heart.

Along with some play-doh and sticker sets, crayons and other art supplies were a necessity.  We had a bag of goodies to keep tiny hands and brains busy while myself and Hubby enjoyed some conversation.

Or maybe we just stared at the walls enjoying the peace.

Either way, these handy travel crayons are ideal for parents.  I made mine out of a container that previously housed rainbow sprinkles.

Rainbow sprinkles make my heart sing.

Of course, old spice containers work too.
Just rinse the container well, and allow to dry.  Peel off the label, and type out some sort of fancy title for your container, such as "crayons."

Using packing tape, apply label neatly.

Fill with crayons.  Or markers.  Fill with something that will keep your kids busy when you need them to be busy.

And place it in your purse.
These containers are awesome because they are large enough to hold a few sheets of rolled paper for coloring.

Happy Thursday!  Enjoy it!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Quick and Easy Father's Day Gift

*a re-post...enjoy!*

To me, Father's Day isn't about buying presents.  The handmade gifts are where it's at.

This gift is one of my all time favorites.  My Gymnastics Queen made something very similar for me a few years ago in school and it still hangs above my vanity.

Every morning when I'm primping myself I see it and smile.

This gift is easy, simple and inexpensive.  All you need is a munchkin, a computer with a printer, crayons and one trip to Walmart for a $3.00 frame.
Instructions:

On your computer print out a sheet of paper with "My Dad"  or "All About My Dad" across the top.

Underneath type four or five questions or statements for your munchkin to answer and fill in.  Examples are "My dad likes to cook____", "My Dad's favorite show is________".   You'll be amused by what your munchkins notice and the answers they give.

Keep questions to a few because munchkin hands tire quickly.

After questions are typed, add in an empty box underneath "My Dad" (or chosen title) for your munchkin to make a picture.

If you want to be a real fancypants add in a real photograph.  I am never prepared enough for actual photos.  I fly by the seat of my pants on handmade crafts.

I suggest allowing munchkins to come up with answers without any assistance.  My son wrote my Hubby was 90 and he likes to ask the kids about vitamins.

Entertainment in it's purest form.

Secure your paper in frame and voila!  A handy, entertaining heartfelt keepsake for your wall. 

Another option for the frame (which I prefer for older munchkins) is the homemade newspaper.  This would be a "Father of the Year Named!"  Or "World's Best Dad 2011!" title.  Underneath I created an interview style article with questions about Hubby for my Sports Fanatic to answer.

Again, just need a frame and a computer.  Munchkin can handle the rest.
Happy Gift Making!


Mommyhood Footnote: If you want to be uber crafty head to a crafts store and buy an unfinished frame.  Have munchkin paint it and add paper in after it dries.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Weekend Craft: Christmas Foot Tree

I have seen these before, and I felt I needed to share.  I love any craft that is easy, but different than the norm. 

These "Christmas Trees" are excellent keepsakes, and if you add a frame it's a fab grandparent gift idea. 

I would highly recommend making these prior to bath time.  I would actually recommend making them in the very bathroom that the bathing will occur. 

Have the bath bubbling while the feet are stampin'.

Toddler feet have a way of escaping to clean carpets.

Happy December!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Thanksgiving Craft

In light of Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, I am attaching the link to the Turkey Pin Craft I posted last year.  These pins are fab and fun, and easy to make.  They are also a great addition to a festive table setting.


Once I gathered the necessary supplies for the craft, I set aside an afternoon to sit with my daughter and prepare the turkey pins. 

I can say with confidence cleaning up the scissor clippings and putting everything away when we were done was the most difficult part in the whole pin making process. 

These pins are easy and fun.  And they are super snazzy when worn to Thanksgiving dinner.
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summer Activity: Weed Bouquet


Queen Anne's Lace has long reminded me of summer. 

It lines the country roads by my house and peppers the fields where my munchkins play football.  And unlike dandelions (my garden arch enemy), I don't mind this delicate weed.

I regard this weed the same way I regard lightening bugs.  They're an annual reminder of warm sunny days and late mild nights. 

When I was a kid my mother told me that if you pick Queen Anne's Lace, and place them in water with food coloring, they will turn color. 

And over the years I have tried it enough to know that it works wonderfully.

Yesterday afternoon, after a long morning of camp, I took the munchkins out to pluck some weeds from the roadside.
I love the activity because it gets them out in nature and it gets them thinking.  It also produces quick results.

Much to munchkin delight, within 12 hours we had a nice bouquet of colorful weeds.
And much to my delight I was able to once again have a clear windowsill.

Nothing beats easy summer fun that doesn't require any long term cluttering of the kitchen.

Happy "Weeding"!

Mommyhood Footnote:  

Some tips:

Pick large, healthy Queen Annes Lace.   Add a significant amount of food coloring, this gives the weed a darker hue.

Watch for allergies.  It may be best to keep this experiment outside.  Sneezing and itchy eyes take the fun out of just about anything.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Summer Craft: Magnets


I have a habit of seeing something and buying it because it may someday be useful.  I did this a few months back at Michael's with a pack of circle magnets.

Plain, 1/2" circle diameter magnets.  I knew that when the right mood and appropriate patience level struck me I would use them with my munchkins.

And I did.

The other night I found the magnets and some ribbon we had from the $1 Spot at Target.  I decided to make my magnets using clothespins, because I prefer hanging papers with a "clip type" magnet.

Don't ask me why.  I just do.

I then sat and made magnets with my Gymnastics Queen.  The ribbon was the exact width of the clothespins.

And so we cut, glued and used sparkly glitter til' our hearts were content.

We traced little circles, cut them out and decorated them to cover the top of the magnets.  Next step was to attach the ribbon lined clothespins.

And the end result was a glittery kitchen and a few nifty new magnets for the fridge.
For these magnets, I don't give detailed design instructions or a list of supplies.  I made these with what I had in my house.

With crafting, my feeling is "to each their own".

All you need is a pack of magnets, and whatever you have lying around.

Happy crafting! 

Happy Tuesday!

Mommyhood  Footnote:  For back to school fun make these magnets and personalize each magnet with initials, nicknames, or names for each munchkin.  This creates a lovely home for treasured pictures and necessary papers that come home in their backpacks.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter Craft: Bunny Masks!

 A few years ago I was very cool and I held Easter Egg Hunts at my house.  I had a tight group of Mommy friends and our munchkins played together frequently.

Life is now much busier and my munchkins have grown in number and size.  I have also since moved and left my mommy group behind. 

I must note that I have wonderful Mommy friends now as well.  We run in 5K races and wear sparkle skirts.  We also sing karaoke. 

But an egg hunt in my yard these days is reserved for Easter morning.  The number of friends I would need to include would surpass the amount of energy I have to dedicate to an egg hunt. 

When I was cool, fun mom and I held my annual egg hunts I made masks for the kids to wear.  They sported them while they hunted for eggs. 

It was an easy craft.  My munchkins made their own while I prepared masks for their friends.
The masks were simple and they transformed the eager egg hunting munchkins into tiny bunnies. 

This week before Easter my munchkins are off from school, and we may just dig out the paper plates and revisit our Bunny Mask Craft.  Or maybe we'll set them up on Easter with their cousins and let them create one to wear for the family egg hunt.

We'll see where the wind takes us.

Have a rested Sunday! 

Mommyhood Footnote:  I still have flashes of cool fun mom.  She's in here somewhere. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine Fun: Crayon Hearts

I found this Valentine activity years ago in Family Fun magazine.  I loved that it was easy, quick and unique.

It also made broken crayons useful again.
Broken crayons are one of the banes of my Mommyhood existence.  Please go away broken crayons.  Go away and never return.

Aside from recycling annoying crayon nubs, this activity makes a wonderful Valentine's Day gift for classmates.  A gift that is not a lollipop or a pencil.

Hallelujah and an Amen to that one.

I am good on pencils for at least a year.  We have a wonderfully varied pencil selection with a pencil for every holiday, season, superhero and princess.

I'm bracing for another pencil delivery via three backpacks next Monday (2/14).  If you are contributing to this delivery, I do thank you.  Even though I have a million of them, pencils don't expire.  I guess I can take a few dozen more.  I might use them to build a shed.

Without further ado, I bring you the "How To" on making crayon hearts. 

Supplies

Heart shaped cookie or muffin tin
Annoying crayon pieces from all over your house, car and purse

1. Help munchkins peel paper off broken crayons.  This is a wonderful, time consuming quiet activity.  Munchkins have to concentrate to peel that paper.  The room will be silent.

Savor it.

And then breathe deeply as you view broken crayon pile (cringe) and tiny scraps of paper pile (cringe squared).
This picture gives me agita.

2. Have munchkins fill each mold with assorted crayon pieces.  I love to watch my munchkins combine different colors for each mold.
LLG just tosses pieces in to fill each mold, he lets the chips fall where they may.

The Gymnastics Queen is very particular with her color schemes.  LLG's complete and total disregard for order drives her mad.  I find this very amusing as long as no one cries too loud.

3. Bake at 250 for 10-15 minutes until crayons are melted.

4. Remove from oven and cool at least an hour.  Crayons will easily pop out of mold once cooled.

These are wonderful to accompany store bought Valentines or to make homemade Valentines.

For homemade Valentines adhere heart crayons to a cut piece of card stock.

Add a super corny but cute message such as "You melt my heart" or "You make my days more colorful".

Valentine's Day is the ultimate in cheesy punch lines.  It's fabulous.

Go grab a heart shaped muffin tin and make something cool (heart crayons) out of something that is not cool (broken crayons).

Happy crayon making!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Easy Valentine Craft: You've Got Mail!

Like all other holidays, we celebrate Valentine's Day BIG.  

Growing up, my mother had a huge, waist expanding Valentine Brunch.  

Along with the surplus of trans fats and sugars, there was a homemade Valentine Mailbox overstuffed with Valentine's for everyone in the family.

As kids, we looked forward to constructing and decorating the Valentine Mailbox.  My mother made this an event.  The event was always announced at least one day in advance. 

"Tomorrow night we are decorating the Valentine Mailbox!"  

Que squeals of delight.

Once decorated, the mailbox was placed out in the open for all to see and admire.  As we made Valentine's we stuffed them inside.

Having a mailbox staring us in the face everyday motivated us to make many Valentine's. 

At our Valentine Brunch, the mailbox was opened and hundreds of Valentine's were delivered.  

The messages, pictures and goodies were always good for a laugh.  

Ever since my munchkins could hold a crayon I helped them make our Valentine Mailbox.  Like my mother, we make it an event and we set our mailbox out in the open.

My munchkins then spend their days crafting, writing and drawing pictures.  They write names on candies and fruit snacks and have even stuffed small toys in the box.

And when my parents are over, they always add a little note for each munchkin.  Or a dollar.

When we open our mailbox at our Valentine Dinner, you never know what you're gonna get.

Today I grabbed an oversized box for my munchkins to transform into the "Mailbox".  The shoebox doesn't cut it anymore.  My munchkins LOVE to make Valentines.

My trick with any craft or activity we do annually is to keep it simple.  I make it more about the together time and the experience.  We tape any ole' thing we can find onto our mailbox.  Anything pink, purple or red is game.  

We've painted, taped, glued and stapled.  There is no method to our madness. 

Let me walk you through today's mailbox construction:

The blank canvas.  Box, your life will never be the same.  I apologize in advance.
Jackpot!  Valentine craft paper in the basement! 
Hmmm....doesn't quite fit...we'll have to use the patch method....
The Gymnastics Queen is a phenomenal mailbox decorator.  She assumed the title of "2nd in Command".
Right about now is when one of these rascals cracked an inappropriate joke.  Giggles ensued.  No craft time is complete without a joke about butts.
To finish the masterpiece I slice the "mail drop opening" with a knife or scissors. 
 
Year after year, regardless of how the mailbox comes together, it's always perfection.  And I have some wonderful Valentine Mail saved from over the years.  My munchkins never seize to amaze me when they pour their tiny hearts out on homemade Valentines.

Being serious for a hot second (it's about all I can stand), this tradition is wonderful to practice letter writing and composition, etiquette, compassion and design.  

Whew, I think I may have just hurt myself.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Make a mailbox...you never know what surprises will be inside!