A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Total Members: 315,452
Currently Running With Scissors:
217 Guests and 9 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: You've got mail!  (Read 3763 times)
Tags for this thread: tutorial , cardboard , pdf_attachment , valentines_day  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 2134
Joined: 10-Aug-2007

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« on: February 10, 2013 07:09:20 PM »

Just in time for Valentine's day!


And if you guessed they were made from a TP roll you were right!

Materials needed for one Valentine's mailbox

  One Empty tp
   Cardboard from food boxes (cereal, crackers, etc)
   Tacky Glue
   Ruler (I use a seam gauge to measure around tubes and things)
   Craft knife (with a sharp blade)

1.Measuring and cutting the tp roll-

 Start by measuring your tube starting at one edge measure 2" - this is the body of the mailbox- Measure 1  3/4" from the 2" line this is the post- the remaining bit should be approximately 1/4"( approximately because tp rolls vary from roll to roll)This is the rim for the mailbox door

Cut the tp roll in half on the 2" mark. Split the post / rim piece (the 1  3/4" and 1/4" section) down the middle as shown below before cutting apart.

2. Making the post- Taking the 1 3/4" section roll the piece jelly roll style as shown


then glue the edge down, You will need to hold the post together several minutes until the glue grabs

Set aside and allow to dry fully.

3. Making the mailbox

Draw a straight line down the 2" length of the mail box piece- Measure 1  1/2" from this line and draw a second line as shown

This is the bottom of the mailbox - Crease or fold along the lines you have drawn to create a flat bottom

Apply glue to one edge of the mailbox and glue it to a 2 1/2" square of cardboard As shown

allow to dry. When fully dried trim away excess cardboard

4. Creating the mailbox door

On a piece of cardboard trace around the dried and trimmed mailbox end

Draw a line approximately 1/4" from the bottom of trace mailbox end- draw a line from each corner at an angle as shown below

This becomes the glue flap- Cut the piece out and fold along the bottom line as shown - apply glue to the curved edge only and attach the 1/4" rim piece

When the rim is dried trim off excess rim piece

Attaching the mailbox door:  place glue on the bottom flap as shown an attach to the bottom making sure the door is lined up properly with the mailbox so it closes

 allow to dry

5. creating the base- The base was created using what I called laminated cardboard

Start by cutting four 1" x 1 1/2" rectangles from cardboard

Glue and stack the four layers of cardboard together with the printing facing in and  keeping edges even. Guess what? you have made laminated cardboard

Set aside and allow to dry

6. Putting it all together:

Glue your post to the center bottom of the mailbox allow to dry.

when dried glue the mailbox/post to the center of the base, and again allow to dry

7. The big finish!! Using acrylic paints express yourself and paint as desired!

Happy Crafting!
« Last Edit: August 08, 2013 04:21:49 PM by teag » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 1806
Joined: 07-Jan-2010

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2013 09:12:56 PM »

That is so adorable!  Way to recycle---and awesome tutorial, too!  Grin
Offline Offline

Posts: 7862
Joined: 08-Mar-2007

You cannot master what you will not try

View Profile
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013 12:48:36 PM »

Very cute.  And oh, so small.  Nice work,

50 projects challenge

33/50 done
SiFi Mom
Offline Offline

Posts: 2691
Joined: 18-Nov-2008

I own too many beads!

View Profile
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013 09:47:22 AM »

This is so clever, and cute too.  Great instructions, so easy to follow.

SiFi Mom, aka Nancy
Crafting is my mental therapy!
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2013 03:06:05 AM »

Love it!

"Hi, my name is Smallhold and I compulsively collect looms."
"Hi Smallhold."
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Toiletry Bag
Weekend Bunnies
Meatless Monday: Portobello Mushroom Lasagna

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map

Copyright ©2003-2017, Craftster.org, © 2009-2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands