My boys are 2, so they are just starting to understand the idea of Santa and Christmas. It's my favorite holiday, and I wanted to give them a Santa inspired activity that also incorporates their love of putting things into (and taking things out of) boxes. I also love any craft that reuses materials that I would normally throw away. I have a million empty wipes containers, and one became Santa's Mailbox!
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To make Santa's Mailbox, you will need:
First, remove the flip top lid from your wipes box as shown above. Measure and cut your felt pieces. I used a Huggies wipes box and the sizes of felt were:
- Red - 4" wide by 23" long
- Black - 1.5" wide by 11.5" long (2 of these)
- Yellow - 2.5" square with an approximately 1" x 1.5" rectangle cut from the center
If you use a different size container your measurements will be different.
Coat the sides of your container with Mod Podge.
Wrap your red felt around the container and pull tightly. You may need to apply a little more Mod Podge at the seam. Mine had a bit of overhang at the bottom which I trimmed with an x-acto knife once it was dry.
Allow to dry. Then put a very light coating of Mod Podge on the back of your 2 black rectangles. Wrap these around your container, leaving a space in the front center for your belt buckle.
Apply a light coating to the back of the yellow piece and adhere to the front center of your container.
Trim off any excess felt from the bottom of your container and you are done! Santa's ready for mail!
You can also find a good use for all those holiday catalogs that are coming in the mail. They make great cutting practice for your little ones as they cut out pictures and drop them into Santa's mailbox. Fun and fine motor skills all in one!
We've also made "cookies" out of construction paper and fed them to Santa. One of my boys finds this particularly funny.
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