Valentines Day is just around the corner and this little mailbox is just right for a doll size Valentine exchange! It is simple to make and uses supplies you probably have around the house!
The dolls are having a Valentines exchange in the dollhouse this year. Julie just finished her first Valentine and dropped it off at the mailbox. She’s off to make a few more Valentines for a few more friends!
Hmmm, who’s should she make next?
Let’s make this little mailbox together!
- craft paint
- thin cardboard
- craft paint brush
- duct tape (or scrapbook paper or paint)
- paper straw (or roll paper into the thickness of a straw)
- paper towel tube or toilet paper tube
- paper hole punch
- glue dots (optional)
Let’s get started!
Measure and cut a paper tube to 2 3/4″ long.
Make two marks 1 3/4″ apart. These marks are where we will make fold lines for the bottom of the mailbox.
Using the mark as a guide, crease the tube along the length of the tube. Repeat with the other mark.
Flip the tube over. Here is the basic shape of the mailbox.
Trace each end on thin cardboard.
Cut out the two pieces.
I am using duct tape. You can also cover the mailbox in paper or paint it. If you use paper or paint you’ll need to make adjustments as needed to these instructions.
Starting on the bottom of the mailbox, wrap duct tape around the mailbox.
Place a second piece of duct tape around the tube to completely cover the outside. The duct tape will hang over the end. Cut a fringe in the duct tape that hangs over the end.
Place the end cutout and fold down pieces of fringed duct tape to seal off the back of the mailbox.
Place the second end cutout on the edge of a piece of duct tape. Fold the end cutout in the duct tape, so both sides are covered in duct tape.
Trim the duct tape 3/8″ past the edge of the end cutout. This will leave a sticky tab of duct tape.
Trim around the curved edge of the end cutout. Leave the sticky tab.
The sticky tab is going to attach the end cutout to the mailbox. Attach it along the bottom edge of the open end.
Here you can see the cutout end attached to make a little door that opens and shuts on the mailbox.
We will add a tab to make it easier to open and shut.
Cut a piece of ribbon 3/4″ long. Glue one side of the ribbon to the top of the curved edge on the door.
Fold the ribbon over and glue it to the other side.
Paint the inside of the mailbox.
Now we’ll make the base. The base is optional, you can leave it off and set the little mailbox on a doll table or other doll furniture.
To make the base, cut the paper straw to 2″. Glue it in the middle of the bottom of the mailbox.
Cut two circles with 1 5/8″ diameter. Punch a hole in the center of each with a hole punch. Stretch out each hole by pushing the circles onto a pencil. Push the circles onto the end of a paper straw. If they do not fit, stretch the holes out further on a pencil.
Paint the circles and allow to dry.
Put a dab of glue on the end of the paper straw and place the circles on the end.
The mailbox will stand on it’s own. It’ll tip over when bumped. To stabilize it, use glue dots on the bottom.
To decorate the side, cut two small hearts out of felt and glue them to the mailbox.
This little mailbox is a fun way to share little doll sized Valentines!
Today I gave one of these little mailboxes to my niece who’s visiting. She loves American Girl Mini Dolls and enjoyed the size for her smaller dolls! Too fun!
Just in case you are interested, here is a little more about today’s post.
- Dolls-Morgan is AG#25 and Julie is an AG Historical Character.
- Outfit-Morgan’s Outfit-Heart headband tutorial is here. Red shirt is an AG Washington DC souvenir shirt. White leggings from Soft-as-Snow outfit. Skirt is made by Anna. Shoes are silver flats from Springfield Collection. Julie’s Outfit-Shirt is made by Anna. Leggings are from Saige’s Sweater Outfit. Feather headband tutorial is here. There are double leg warmers and here is the tutorial. Purple shoes are from Springfield Collection.
- Scene-Heart banner tutorial is here. Dresser tutorial is here. Rug is a piece of felt.