You read this blog long enough and you’ll soon figure out that I’m a huge sucker for anything miniature. I swear I regress back to a 8 year old little girl every time I see a tiny rocking chair or miniature food! That’s why I’m so excited to be sharing this Santa’s Mailbox Ornament Tutorial with you. It’s perfectly tiny and even has a working door so that you can have your kids add their mini wishlists year after year!
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Santa’s Mailbox Ornament
- Tin Mini Mailbox
- 2 1/2″ Wood Disc (glue a couple together if you want it thicker)
- Decorative Twine (I used some rope I found at Target but it’s up to you)
- Fake Snow
- Green Satin Ribbon
- White Acrylic Paint
- Small Eye Hooks
- Glitter Vinyl & Cutting Machine (I love my Silhouette!!)
- “Santa’s Mail” Free Cutting File
These materials are just suggestions. The best thing about crafting is that you can add/subtract from the original tutorial to make it your own!
Step 1. Make a small hole in your wood disc just large enough to fit the trimmed mailbox pole. I used a sharp awl but a drill or Dremel would do the job too. Use hot glue to secure the pole in place. Don’t worry about using too much, you’ll be camouflaging it with “snow” soon enough.
Step 2. Use hot glue and twine to decorate the mailbox pole.
Step 3. Apply fake snow in a mound shape on the base. Allow to harden completely before moving onto next step.
Step 4. Paint the mailbox. This is optional and totally based on style preference. You’re more than welcome to leave it the natural tin color, although the words will be harder to see. Allow paint to dry completely.
Step 5. Use your cutting machine to make the extremely small words. The mail box is about 2″ wide so you can see just how tiny the words have to be. Thank goodness for Silhouette! Apply words to ornament with paper transfer tape.
Step 6. Decorate base with more red & white rope.
Step 7. Use hot glue to secure small green ribbon to pole.
Step 8. Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the top of the mailbox and insert eye hook. Hold until secure in place. Add more fake snow until glue is completely covered.
Step 9. Hang on a tree for all to enjoy!
How crazy cute is this Santa’s Mailbox Ornament?! My kids got a hoot out of opening and closing it to add their real wishlists. Loved using my Silhouette so that I didn’t have to painstakingly paint each individual letter. Hope you have fun making one of your own!