Who doesn’t like getting mail at camp? I decided to add a mail center for each of the cabins this year so the dolls can exchange letters, the counselors can leave notes for the campers, and of course, so they have somewhere to put those postcards from home!
I thought about making the mailboxes like cubbies behind the registration desk, but then I thought about a way that each cabin could have their own message center and came up with this version instead. Autumn just finished putting all the names up for the Ladybug Lodge cabin. This was a SUPER easy project – let me show you how.
- Piece of cardboard or Phoomph
- Bandana, piece of fabric or scrapbook paper
- Felt (or fabric or scrapbook paper)
- Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel and Stick Tape or other adhesive
- Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner
- Ribbon trim
- Mini clothespins (look in the scrapbook aisle or in the baby shower aisle)
Before I got started, I placed my fabric, felt and clothespins on my base (Phoomph) and did a little experimenting with placements before I started making things permanent. I printed out the name of the cabin on the computer, cut it out and used the Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner to adhere the paper to a coordinating piece of felt.
Next I measured a piece of a bandana and cut it so it would fit on my piece of Phoompf. I wanted the mail center to be big enough to hold pockets for six dolls, so I just used a full sheet of the Phoomph. This is one of those projects you can really change up to fit your space or needs so use my instructions as inspiration.
I peeled off the paper coating on the Phoomph, placed the fabric over top, smoothed it out and gave the edges a trim.
I cut strips of coordinating felt the width of my mail center and adhered it to the fabric with the Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape (I can not even begin to tell you how AWESOME this stuff is!! I love it). I created pockets by adding the glue tape on the edges (not the top edge) and in two places – about 1/3 of the way from each edge. Once I had all the tape in place, I peeled back the paper, flipped over the felt and pressed it into place. I made two rows so I can have mail spots for a Counselor and 5 Campers per cabin.
I thought it would be fun to be able to change out the names of the campers in the cabin each week. I used mini clothes pins and dressed them up with layered buttons in coordinating colors. I find the fastest way to get the buttons to stick to the clothespins is using a hot glue gun. If you use hot glue, PLEASE make sure you have adult supervision.
To finish off the whole thing I added a little decorative ribbon to show off the pockets, printed out the names of each camper and punched two holes in the top so I could use paper clips to hook the mail center over the “wall” of the cabin.
On the new camper tour, Julie shows Kenzie where her mail pocket is.
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In this post:
- Madame Alexander Autumn
- American Girl Julie wearing a Camp Doll Diaries tank top
- Gotz Mei from Pottery Barn Kids