Hybrid Holidays | "Letters to Santa" Mailbox

December 17, 2013

Thanks for joining me for day two of Hybrid Holidays, a fun filled week of last-minute ideas for cards, decor, gifts and more!

This year I decided to make "Letters to Santa" Mailboxes for each of the boys, so that Randall the Reindeer (our version of "Elf on a Shelf") would finally have somewhere to leave his "Naughty or Nice" Reports each morning.  And now that my oldest is learning to write he likes to communicate  with Santa a little more frequently--making sure that Santa know he's sorry for teasing his brother and amending his Santa gift choices on a weekly basis.

The inspiration for this project came from this adorable mini mailbox template and cut file by Kelleigh Ratzlaff  Designs.  And when I saw Deena Rutter's Hello December Kit I knew it would be perfect for the project!

What you'll need:

  • Mini mailbox template and cut files
  • 3-5 coordinating patterned papers
  • Electronic Die-cutting Machine
  • (2) brads
  • Adhesive

  1. Open the cut file in your die cutting machine's software and decide which pieces you want cut from which patterns.

  2. Set up separate cut file documents for each piece of paper with the correct number of pieces needed on each.

  3. Once cut, fold along the perforated lines of each piece.

  4. Assemble the pieces of your mini mailbox, using adhesive to make sure everything is secure.

  5. Add functional features such as the latch and flag using your brads.

  6. Now check to see if you have mail from Santa!


NOTE: For my own mailbox I printed out my favorite patterned papers from Deena Rutter's Hello December Kit on white cardstock.  I also altered the cut file to create the cute town scene on the inside of my mailbox, which was cut from one of the journaling cards in the Hello December Kit.  This is my favorite feature because every time you open the mailbox its like your peeking though your very own window to the North Pole.

Happy Holidays!

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