However, if you want to bring it up a notch this Valentine’s Day, if you want to be known by all the other classroom parents as “THAT mom/dad,” if you want your kid to have not just any Valentine mailbox, but the best, most super-awesome Valentine mailbox, then have I got the project for you!
Yeah, I had a little too much free time this week, and so I figured out how to send my kids to their homeschool Valentine’s Day party with not just another decorated paper bag, but with a realistic, working mailbox, made entirely from cardboard recycled from around my kitchen.
Do you want to be THAT mom or dad, too? Here’s how to make your own recycled cardboard Valentine mailbox:
First, look all around your kitchen and gather up that thin kind of cardboard that’s used for all kinds of packaging–cereal boxes, cracker boxes, dry rice and pasta boxes, whatever.
You will need four pieces of cardboard: one piece about 10″x15″, one piece about 5″x10″, and two pieces about 5″x5″, although don’t cut down those 5″x5″ pieces just yet. If you don’t have one piece of cardboard that’s large enough, then you can duct tape the cardboard together to reach the right size–just overlap the pieces slightly, and duct tape both the front and the back of the seam.