I love Valentine’s Day, or maybe I should say Valentine’s week, because that’s what it is in our house. Several years ago, we started making Valentine’s mailboxes the week or two before Valentine’s Day. It’s one of those traditions that has stuck in our house.
Here’s why I love this little tradition…
– It gives us a craft project to do together and we have loads of fun doing it.
– There’s an excitement to see what makes its way into the box.
– And my favorite…my kids write encouraging notes to each other almost everyday. They get more excited about receiving a sweet note from their sibling rather than any goodie Mama puts in there.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
Teaching kids to encourage and love each other should happen more than once a year, but I think it’s so important to provide outlets for them to apply what they’re learning. Making mailboxes for Valentine’s Day is one way to do that!
Need a simple mailbox crafting idea? Here’s my favorite mailboxes we’ve made to date…
64 skill sticks (available at craft stores)
5 wooden knobs with a flat bottom (also available at craft stores)
1. Lay out 11 sticks and glue 3 across to hold them in place. Make a second one of these. One will serve as your top piece and one as your bottom.
2. Make 9 rows of sticks on all 4 sides by interlocking the sticks together. You are building your “box.”
3. Glue “box” to bottom piece. Glue 4 knobs to bottom piece to make legs and one knob to top piece to easily lift the lid.
4. Paint your box. This can also be done before interlocking sticks, depending on your preference.
5. Add your decorating accessories!
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If so, how do you celebrate?
Some great Tommy Nelson resources for this holiday of love are I Love You No Matter What and I Love You to God and Back. Whatever your celebrations may, or may not be, every time is the perfect time to talk about God’s love and show it to our kids.
Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co-founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she and her family live between South Africa and the USA. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love.