Holiday Mailbox Tutorial
Its Joann here with you today and I wanted to share with you a fun project that might be that perfect little addition to start sprucing your home up for the Christmas season. I have a table right at the front entry way of my house that I love to decorate every year and this year I am going to create a scene with the front of Santa's house complete with his mailbox.
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Let's get started and have some fun making this Christmas Mailbox!
Start by taking the mailbox template HERE and cutting the body of the mailbox out of white card stock. Also cut the same shapes out of designer paper slightly smaller for dimension. If desired, distress the edges of the papers prior to assembling using the Stack and Store Daubers.
Assemble the piece as shown. Start by gluing the long strip to the tabs on the door of the mailbox. You can determine which piece is the front and back by looking at the size of the tab that you use to fasten the door and back to the body of the mailbox. The door of the mailbox has the larger tab. Once the strip is attached the designer paper can now be attached.
Tip: for the body of the mailbox, curl the papers slightly prior to assembly. This will help with your construction and give an overall more desirable project.
Attach the completed ends to the body of the mailbox. Glue the tabs to the inside of the body instead of the bottom to ensure that the back piece lines up properly.
Now it's time to close up the back of the mailbox. Place glue on the tabs and bend them inwards slightly. Fold the back of the mailbox up into position and press each tab into place ensuring that the back edges are lined up nicely.
What mailbox is complete without a base? I decided to make the post 6 sided and the base able to be opened in case the project gets top heavy so a little weight can be added. To make the base, create a 4" x 3" box. You can use the template HERE or create your own. For the post you can use the template HERE. The post in the picture is 4" high. Once you have your base layer cut, assemble the post and base and cover with layers of designer paper.
Once all your glues have cured, fasten the mailbox to the post and base ensuring that the post is centered on both the mailbox as well as the base.
To finish off the mailbox attach panels of decorative paper to the inside of the mailbox if desired.
Now it's time to decorate! Stamp, die cut and distress the poinsettia flowers along with any greens and decorations that you require for the project.
Tip: Feel free to create lots of flowers, there are never too many and if you finish your project and have a few petals left over store them for the next project.
Using the 3D Poinsettia Shaping Mold, it's time to get some texture onto those lovely Poinsettia flowers. Place the flowers face with the cupped part of the mold down, similar to a cupcake pan. Lightly mist your flowers with water and run them through your die cutting machine.
Tip: I have the Spellbinders Platinum machine and the sandwich is the same as the Grand Caliber. You do not use the thick platform, only 2 cutting plates.
Finish decorating as desired and then watch all of your friends comment on how good of a job you did!
The Poinsettia flowers and Holly leaves were stamped on white card stock with Watering Can ink and die cut with the matching dies before distressing with a combination of Pearlescent Poppy and Pearlescent Thyme inks and shaping with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. The finishing touch for the flowers was to use the new stamens in the center and finish with some Red stickles.
Finally the entire mailbox was lightly sprayed with sparkle glimmer mist and dusted with crystal clear glitter.
Tutorial by Joann Jamieson-Larkin
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Heartfelt Creations supplies
White card stock, Brilliance Ink - Watering Can and Pearlescent Thyme, Versamark, White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Sparkle Glimmer Mist, Crystal Clear Glitter, Bling and Ribbon from my stash and die cutting machine.