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Fun DIY Family Mailboxes Idea


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One day a few years ago, my youngest daughter was complaining that she never received any mail. I tried to explain that she didn’t want the bills and junk mail mommy had to sift through every day but that logic was lost on a 3-year old.

Handmade Mailbox Idea From My Daughter

As usual, my older daughter came to the rescue with a handmade mailbox that she taped to her little sister’s door, which she promptly filled with “mail.” Of course, receiving mail was no longer sufficient. My daughter also wanted to be able to send mail. Before the end of the week, each of us had a mailbox taped to our bedroom doors and we began sending mail to one another. My youngest son created a comic book series and sent us subscription forms in our mailboxes and now we get regular installments of “Crazy Comics.”

Family Mailboxes Are A Great Communication Tool

Our family mailboxes are not only a fun and easy way to brighten each other’s day, it’s also a great communication tool for our family. When one of the kids is upset about something but isn’t comfortable talking about what’s bothering them, they will leave a note in a mailbox expressing their feelings.

This seems so much healthier than my coping mechanism when I was a kid (silently fuming about it, ignoring everyone in the family, and then stomping around slamming doors much to everyone’s confusion and irritation).

Pictures Of Our Family Mailboxes

We’ve had so much fun with this idea, I thought I would share it with others. The mailboxes don’t have to be elaborate. My first bedroom door mailbox was a manila envelope taped to my door. Now I use a gift bag. The kids typically create their own from construction paper or paper grocery bags and craft supplies.

Mom and Dad Mailbox made from a gift bag

 

Daughter Mailbox made from a paper bag and attached to a door

 

Teen Mailbox made from paper and a plastic bag and attached to a door

As far as WHAT to mail each other, here are some things we have done:

  • Notes or letters to one another
  • Coupons for free hugs, together time, etc.
  • Pictures (sometimes we write on the back to make it seem like a postcard)
  • Small gifts (e.g. stickers, temporary tattoos, candy)
  • Family newsletter (our kids collaborated on one for a short while)
  • Weekly calendar
  • Reminder notes
  • Handwritten jokes or printed from the computer
  • Request forms (I sometimes give these to the kids before I go to the grocery store to get their shopping requests or the night before their birthday for breakfast the next day)

Whether you use these as a fun way to leave little love notes for your child or as a family communication tool, family mailboxes are a simple and inexpensive parenting tool.

20 thoughts on “Fun DIY Family Mailboxes Idea”

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  2. What a cute idea! I remember wishing I got mail as a kid too. Oh the things we wanted as a child!

    Thank you for linking up at Rock-A-Bye Parents Sunday Parenting Pointers linky party! I’ll be pinning this to the parties Pinterest board. I hope you come share a post again tomorrow!

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  3. What a neat idea!!! My boys both love to receive mail and this would be a great way to encourage sharing and creativity. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. This is such a fantastic idea and i can imagine all the creativity it has spurred in your home. I love the idea of creating our own boxes and using it to deliver all sorts of ingenious things… 😉
    Elizabeth

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  5. This sounds fun! My 4-year-old complains that she never gets any mail either. This is a great family activity!

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  6. Oh my this is a wonderful idea! I never thought to do something like this. I love how this helps with communication as sometimes when kids get older they less communicate their feelings or wants very well. I know my 14 yr old is less communicative than my 8yr. What a great idea. I think my kids would love to do something like this.

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  7. What an adorable idea! My three year old would love this. I was recently at Michael’s and they have little cardboard mailboxes. I bet that would really hit the spot with the little ones, letting him decorate his own mailbox lol. I might have to go pick one up and give this a shot. (#SITSSharefest Visit!)

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  8. What a wonderful idea and what a smart and understanding daughter you have to have thought of it in the first place. This certainly can alleviate some problems that may arise and can be a fun way to interact with the entire family.

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  9. What a great idea. Not only will it work for helping your child with expression, they will also improve on reading and writing skills. I like that idea. I should try it with my little ones.

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  10. Hi Corinne – What a wonderful idea for the entire family. It’s so easy and simple and I have never seen this before. Great for kids and teens too, with their crazy emotions to be able to write something down to communicate and for everyone to give family members a little extra love on the days they are feeling blue. Every family should incorporate this idea! Hugs, Holly

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  11. This is such a fun idea! It was always so exciting to get anything (even junk mail) as a child. My girls will get a kick out of sending each other “mail”. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  12. What a beautiful idea. As a parent educator, this is one of the tips I’d share as a way to make communication fun and, as you said, a little easier for those uncomfortable messages.

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