From the April 2016 issue

Letter Keeper Box Craft for Kids

In honor of National Letter Writing Month in April, create one of these boxes with your children.

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.

Materials

  • 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
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Check the box for rough edges. Smooth them out with a sanding block.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

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