Sweethearts Valentine's Day Mailbox - DIY

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Valentine's Day is less than 4 weeks away and it's time to start thinking about the perfect gift to give to someone special!  Inspired by the iconic Sweethearts candies and love letters, I decided to make this whimsical Valentine's Day gift!

It merely took an hour to make and all my supplies were purchased for under $20 from Michael's Craft Store

Enjoy the tutorial!


:: SUPPLIES ::

>> 1 Creatology Light Pink Mailbox {8 in x 5.5 in} - other colors are available
>> 2 Packets of 16 Traditional Wooden Hearts {I used two different sizes: 1.5" and 1.75"}
>> 1 Box of Sweethearts Candies
>> 1 Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic Paint in Beach Glass
>> 1 Sponge Brush
>> 1 Bag of White Crinkle Paper
>> Metallic Sharpie Pens in Gold and/or Silver
>> Clear Adhesive Glue or Glue Gun
>> Metallic Gold Doilies or Decorative Trim 




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Start off by painting each wooden heart with a sponge brush on both sides, using the acrylic paint in Beach Glass. I love Mint and thought it would be the perfect complimentary color with the light pink mailbox. My kiddos, Austin & Madison had a fun time painting each of these pretty hearts; so it's a great project to do with the little one's. We applied two coats on each side and let the hearts dry about 10 minutes in between coats.

 

While you're waiting for the wooden hearts to dry, you can start decorating your mailbox. How exciting! You can leave the mailbox as it is, but I wanted to add beautiful detail to the top and base of the mailbox. I saw these gorgeous metallic gold doilies at Michael's and knew right off the bat, that I had to use them. They are also available in Blush Pink, Mint, and White. Another option is to add decorative trim around the box, like the zig zag ribbon shown in the supplies above. Play around with the placement of your decorations and be as creative as you'd like.

For the doilies, I basically mapped out where I wanted them to rest on the mailbox and then adhered them using a combination of clear tacky glue and a glue gun. 


As you can see below, I cut away a part of the doilie that covered the opening on the top, for a custom fit. 



For the inside of the box, I carefully tucked the rest of the doilie into the corner of the box and added glue to secure it in place.  


Now comes the fun part!  Once the hearts have fully dried, you can use a metallic gold or silver fine point Sharpie pen to write any special saying on the wooden hearts. If you are making this for a significant other, you can write all the things that you love about them. For Teacher's, your theme can be all the things your child enjoy's in school with their teacher ~ such as, I like... "painting with you" or "having story time with you."  For your family and friends, the themes can be fun and playful! You can write phrases that bring up silly memories or you can be sentimental and write why they mean so much to you. Since I used two different sized hearts, I wrote the sayings on the larger hearts and left the smaller ones blank. Pick any theme that you think fits best and go with it!

Once you're done, you can stuff the box with the white crinkle paper, as shown below, and then place your hearts nicely on top. 


Finally, sprinkle a few Sweethearts candies for an added surprise. Yum!


Carefully place the lid on top and Voila! You have yourself a beautiful gift to give to someone special. It's from the heart and it makes a wonderful keepsake. 

Have a fun and loving Valentine's Day friends! 





XO











2 comments:

  1. What a great idea and creative gift for any valentine.

    I could see this as a fun project for school. Kids could place these boxes on their desks for others to put little notes and treats during a Valentine's Day party. Thanks for the idea!

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  2. Such a clever idea for the little notes and treats! Thank you for sharing and I'm so glad you like this DIY Project.

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