It's traditional for us to make mailboxes each year and they leave them outside their door or on the table and wake up to find some goodies inside.
So I was debating what I could give them to decorate as mailboxes for this year when I thought about making mailboxes. I had a lot of ideas buzzing around, but in the end decided to google around for a pattern. I found a few that I liked, but they weren't exactly what I was after.
This one here, for instance, was top on my list and I was debating how I could make it stand up on it's own because I knew they'd get lots of fun using it as a real mailbox in pretend play. Then in one of my google trips I stumbled upon a pattern meant for owners of a Cricut or a Silhouette. I don't own either machine, but because the file was something I could open and make any size I wanted I snagged it anyway. I simply had to cut it all out by hand. Not as beautifully clean cut as it would have been otherwise, and probably a bit more time consuming but that's okay.
The boys haven't actually decorated them yet either as we were far too busy playing way too many rounds of Creationary on this dreary day. In fact our day kinda went like this: 20 minutes of Creationary, check the weather, check the mail, 20 minutes of Creationary, check the weather, check the mail, 20 minutes of Creationary.. you're getting the point right? During a break when I told them I had to bake one more cake to pop in the freezer they decided to watch Cats & Dogs 2 (Jayden's present to Morgan) and so I cut out the mailboxes for them.
There's a video on the SVG website to watch on how to put these little things together. Mind you it's all based on a cutting machine having done the cutting & scoring for you. I simply cut mine out and folded in the right spots using a ruler to give me a clean edge. I did glue the first one as the girl in the video said, but as you can see in the top photo from the extra tape on it, it didn't work as well. Instead, I got out my double stick tape and put it on the MAIN BODY piece and that worked beautifully. So the purple one looks a tad smarter then the blue one, but my guys don't care or I would have made another one.