My daughter is at the age now where every time we walk into a store of any sort she asks if we can buy something. Instead of saying no right of the bat, I have found that the least tantrum-inducing response is “Let’s tell Santa about it.” By the time we get home, she’s usually forgotten about whatever it was that caught her eye and life goes on.
But, every now and then she gets a bee in her bonnet about a certain something and demands we write a letter to Santa asking for that specific amazing item. So I thought I’d come up with a little place where she could “write” letters (she’s 4, she doesn’t actually write) to her heart’s content and I have a way of keeping them in one place! Enter our Santa Mailbox!
Make Your Own Santa Mailbox
- First, spray your mailbox with a couple of coats of red spray paint and let dry.
- While your mailbox dries, download some Christmas graphics from the Silhouette store. This is really a super simple project if you have a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut machine (and if you don’t, maybe YOU need to write a letter to Santa?). I found all the graphics I used in the Silhouette store and I just sized everything to fit the mailbox. (If you don’t have a Silhouette or Cricut, either find a friend with one (you know you know someone) or go to your local craft store and pick up some Christmas stickers or stencils.)
- Once you have all your graphics ready, print them out and weed out all the excess vinyl. Add your transfer tape.
- Carefully position your vinyl decals on your mailbox and set in place. There’s no real science to this, I just eyeballed everything and it turned out great.
- That’s it! Hang your new mailbox in a toddler-friendly location or set it out amongst your other decor. Wait for the onslaught of letters your kids will write!
This is such a simple project but it is a HUGE hit with the kids! And I think it is a really charming addition to my Christmas decor that I will use even after the kids no longer want to write letters to Santa.
What are some Christmas projects you’ve made with your Cameo or Cricut this holiday season?