April is National Letter Writing Month! So we’re shifting the spotlight from texts and Facebook posts to old-school snail mail. Projects like Write_On urge crafters of all ages to send a card or letter each day this month. Whether your family does all 30 or just a few, create a trusty place to save those treasured notes, too. All it takes is a wooden box from the craft store and some imagination.
- Plain wooden craft box (big enough to hold lots of letters)
- Blue paint
- Tacky glue
- 1 red stiffened sheet of felt
- 1 red self-adhesive sheet of felt
- Alphabet stickers
- Pre-cut felt shapes
- Check the box for rough edges. Smooth them out with a sanding block.
- Paint the box in sections. Do the outside first, then inside and finally the bottom – letting each portion dry in between. A few hours later, repeat with a second coat.
- Cut a piece of stiffened red felt just smaller than the inside of the box. Apply a thin layer of tacky glue to the felt and position into place and press down. Let dry.
- Prep your outer decorations. Cut four 1-inch-wide pieces of self-adhesive felt. Remove the backing and adhere to all four sides. Cut two more pieces; set aside.
For the mailbox top, stick one piece to the surface. Above it, add your name with the alphabet stickers (hint: The strip of felt helps keep those letters straight). Then stick the other piece above your name. P.S. Throw in some extra personality with those pre-cut felt shapes!