It started the weekend as a mere cardboard box my karaoke machine came in. It is now our weeding card box -or- “mailbox” to be more descriptive.
I was browsing vintage mailboxes and got inspired. This may be the most fru-fru thing I’ve ever made. And just to make sure it reaches cute overload, I made a pop-up sign that says “Thank You!” when one opens the drawer to put the card in. Yes, when a guest opens the front drawer flap to put their card in, the sign on top will pop up and say thank you. It’s sure be a hit with the kids at the wedding 🙂
I don’t have a tutorial, but basically:
1. Find a box.
2. Cut a flap in the front on three sides leaving the bottom attached. This will be your drawer front. Duct tape the inside of the bottom of the flap (maybe the outside too-you can cover it later) so it will have more strength as it gets bent (opened) multiple times.
3. Cut two drawer side pieces with an arc between the edges. Here is someone else’s tutorial on that. http://torispelling.com/blog/post/tutorial-kids-diy-mailbox
Attach side pieces with duct tape –after you make sure they fit 🙂
4. Punch three holes in the flap: one in center for the knob, and one in each corner for the ribbon or string.
5. Make your pop-up sign for on top out of card stock. Punch one hole in each corner of it for the ribbon. You will need two pieces card stock (the other piece get used in step 7). I recommend a thin piece of cardboard for the middle of the sign for extra sturdiness.
6. Sit the sign where you want it on top. Punch two holes in the box top behind the sign for the ribbon to feed through.
7. Duct tape the sign to the box by running tape over the back of your sign onto the box (the tape is shaped like an “L” when the sign stands up. Use your other piece of card stock to cover the tape in the back of the sign. You will also want to attach a piece of wood, marble, or something right behind the sign. This will keep it from flopping backwards. I just use hot glue to attach some flowers.
8. Optional Step: paper mâché the entire box to cover all duct tape and to make a nice paint suface.
9. Tie thin ribbon (or string) to each corner of the sign, feed them through the holes on the top of the box, open the drawer (flap), grab the ribbon and tie to the corners of the front flap (where you punched the holes). Adjust tension of the ribbon as necessary so the sign pops up. Optional: glue washers where the ribbon feeds through the holes for looks and for strength.
10. Decorate your mailbox. I found that I had to make the sign top heavy so it would fall back down when the drawer was closed. So I hot glued on some flat sided marbles on top.
Sorry I didn’t take pics as I went. It was all trial an error for me. It went through several iterations. I took several pics of the final product, all painted. Hopefully, you’ll be able to figure it out.
Notice the flowers on top? They are my previous blog -Painted Paper Flowers. In fact all the decorations on my box are paper (except the knob & pearls).
Final list of supplies for this: box, duct tape, thin ribbon, hole punch, paper, paint, knob, 6 washers, flat marbles.
Cost: Well I had everything, so maybe about $5 of supplies.
Here are some more pics.