Naughty or nice - Santa's mailbox

DIY Santa's mailbox

Christmas is coming, it is actually pushing like a snow plow, at least that is how it feels for me :-)

I am absolutely not ready, but my kids are already looking at Xmas toys catalogues, dreaming of a white Christmas and tons of presents under the tree. That is why I thought - maybe I could help Santa this year and collect my kids' wishes?

We consume quite an amount of cornflakes, and their packaging is perfect for any kind of DIY project - Santa's mailbox in this case. I did not have any specific measurements, I just started with cutting the bottom of the box and then all the other parts. For the lid, I found an old box of washing machine tabs. I used hot glue gun to assemble the box.

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I covered the box with different design papers, mainly from Panduro collection. I tried to design the mailbox in a way, so that 12x12" design paper would just be enough to wrap around the top. I accented all edges with a simple black washi tape.

I decorated the side with a die cut of a deer, some greenery by ultimate Sizzix thinlits, foamiran flowers, sisal and frosted berries. All the elements are covered with white acrylic paint (I used a sponge). Several places I applied a transparent medium gel and sprinkled all the possible glitter found in my stash. 

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After the mailbox itself was decorated, I cut the "tower" and wrapped it in another Xmas spirited design paper. I filled it prior to that with some additional scrap cardstock pieces do add additional weight and achieve stability. For the foundation, I found an old round box, glued a glass coaster on top and wrapped it in the same design paper, used for the "tower". All parts are glued with a hot glue gun.

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Snow piles and houses landscape

At the bottom of the mailbox, I created a miniature landscape - I fuzzy cut the string of houses, from the same paper, which was used for the lid. In order to create an effect of the snow piles, I applied a rich layer of different pastes and sprinkled microbeads and glitter on.

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Naughty or nice

I hope that my kids will fill the mailbox with their letters to Santa. Have they been more nice than naughty this year …? :-) I put this cute Santa with a long list as a part of the snowy landscape. Additionally, I made cute pine cones, using roll-up roses cutting die from Joy.

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At the bottom of this whole construction I added the same foamiran flowers, as on the side. Lots of glitter and crystal topping here. Behind the houses there is tons of "plastic" snowflakes to create an effect of snow piles and two large snow balls. 

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The mailbox is easy to open and it is now ready for letters.

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The other side of the box is kept rather simple:

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Thank you for stepping by, wish you a great day ahead!



I would like to enter this DIY Santa's mailbox for Fabrika Decoru "Snow piles" challenge
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