Recently my daughter got to experience her first advent calendar for Christmas. She loved the anticipation of counting down yet another day and getting that little piece of chocolate inside. I thought, why not do this for Valentines? It could be fun. So I figured instead of 25 days, I could do 14 days of Valentines.
I knew I wanted to have something for her to discover these goodies in each day. So I chose to make my own red mail box out of foam sheets. It’s fun doing this because she could cover it with stickers and make it her very own.
WHAT YOU NEED:
2-3 foam sheets (I chose red, pink and white)
Red Duck Tape
Hot glue gun and glue
3 Round Head Fasteners
Decorative paper, stickers and whatever else you wish
White acrylic Paint
I cut the red foam sheet into 2 rectangles. 1 @ 10″ x 12″, 1 @ 10″ x 5″. I attached 2 strips of duck tape along the 10″ sides, slightly hanging off the edge. Now attach the two pieces together so that the large piece curves and forms the shell of the mailbox.
To make the front and back door, I chose pink foam. Simply trace the curve onto the foam 3 times, giving you 3 pieces. Hot glue the first piece in place in the back. You will then glue the 2 remaining pieces together for the door. I’d recommend trimming within the lines here when you cut these 2 pieces. This way they will just fit snugly inside the mailbox.
Use 2 of the gold fasteners to directly go into both sides down the front of the mailbox. The fasteners will go straight between the layers of foam you glued together in the door. Once attached, the door will now swing open and shut.
Cut out a small strip of felt to attach the handle. I hot glued the strips and red felt hearts together for an easy handle to open and close the door.
Cut out an ‘L’ shaped flag from one of your foam pieces. You can make it as large or as small as you’d like. Just push a gold fastener through the flag and the mailbox, and it will now go up and down. My daughter and I covered it with stickers. She loved stenciling her name on the mailbox. If you want something easier, I’d recommend using sticker letters instead.
14 Days of Goodies
I plan to leave something inside the mailbox for each day leading up to Valentines. So I bought some great pieces for stationary, and crafts. Each day she will get a note letting her know what she can do for the day.
Day 1: Make Valentines decorations.
Day 2: Get first Valentines treat. – I’m thinking red jelly beans, or something like that.
Day 3: Decorate a shirt to wear on Valentines Day.
Day 4: Get Valentines bubbles.
Day 5: Make some valentines crafts.
Day 6: Get a Valentines inspired stuffed toy.
Day 7: Make and send Valentines to her Grandparents.
Day 8: Make some Valentines cookies.
Day 9: Make Valentines for friends and classmates.
Day 10: Play Valentines Bingo.
Day 11: Do something nice for another person today.
Day 12: Make a Valentines for mom and dad.
Day 13: Get her Valentines shirt and sox to wear for the next day.
Day 14: Big Valentine from mom and dad, along with a special sweet treat.