|The slot for the Valentines is located on the floor of this basket-
ball mailbox. Students may also access their delivered mail from
the end of the box opposite the hoop.
Sporty girl or boy 18” dolls will love this example of a Valentine mailbox for their February 14th classroom contest!
- small rectangular box (for the basketball court)
- back, white solid color paper, one sheet each
- faux ‘wood grain’ decorative paper
- black permanent ink marker
- scrap cardboard
- recycled plastic netting bag for garlic cloves
- small Styrofoam ball
- orange and black acrylic paints
- chenille stem(1) or wire
- Mod Podge
- white school glue
- masking tape
- Cut a slot big enough for doll sized Valentines to fit inside of a rectangular small box.
- Cut out a basketball backboard and pole from the extra cardboard and glue this to the end of the court/Valentine mailbox.
- Then cover the court with faux wooden floor paper using white school glue.
- Mark the court using a permanent black ink pen.
- Cover the sides of the box and the pole with black paper, or you could paint these areas using acrylic paints.
- Cover the backboard with white paper and mark it using the same black magic marker that was used to mark the court.
- Next make the basket by bending a white chenille stem into a ring.
- Then sew the netting from recycled net used to package garlic cloves around the ring.
- I painted a Styrofoam ball orange to represent the small basketball caught inside the basket.
|Left, the basic cardboard assembly of the basketball court
Valentine mailbox. Right the finished sporty mailbox.
Left and center the details of the mini basket before I attached this to the backboard. Right, the
basket attached to the backboard.