The Little Mailbox

by Chris on April 5, 2010

My kids’ mailboxes was one of my very first posts on here.  After returning from a weekend with family today, I had two e-mails about them.  I’ll use that as a sign to post about them since I have really have nothing more pressing at the moment.  IMG_0222 I’ve had these mailboxes for a couple of years, but I recently saw them in the unfinished wood department at JoAnn’s fabric.  I originally made them because I used to leave for work before my kids got up in the morning.

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It was important for me to leave a morning greeting for them, and it was important for them to get something in their mailbox. 

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The mail has since evolved into special notes of love, special treats to show gratitude for help around the house, or a note of encouragement for doing a good job at school.

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My kids absolutely love them, and I can’t say enough about the connection it offers us.  Keep in mind my kids don’t know what bills are yet, so they LOVE checking the mail! :)

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{ 36 comments }

Rhonda April 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I LOVE this! my 4 year old is obsessed with mail and i'm totally going to make a mailbox for him!

Sarah April 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm

That is so sweet!! I'm doing this too. Thanks for the inspiration.

Blessings-
Sarah

Carmen April 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm

This is such a sweet idea. I love it!

Diva Kreszl April 5, 2010 at 9:52 pm

what a wonderful idea! my children are all grown and sadly know what bills are but I will save this idea to use with grandchildren some day and to pass on to other young moms :)

Screaming Meme April 5, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I love it! It is a sweet way to make sure they know you love them…:) Awww…:) I'll have to remember this for my younger friends! Meme

Feather April 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm

this is such a great idea. and memories in the making. your kids will remember those mailboxes and the love that they found in them. i like the individuality of them.

Jenn April 5, 2010 at 10:57 pm

We did that for a while… after a valentines day… ours are just metal heart ones… Maybe we will spruce them up and use them as you said… for a wee note a couple times a week! Thanks for the 'nudge' to use them again! =)

Paige April 5, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Cute idea! I am going to share with my sister for my nephew. Have a great week!

Ruth Ann April 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm

I love the idea of a mailbox…we do it for Valentine's Day for special treats, but I love how you incorporate in everyday. We also have a "fairy mailbox" where the fairy leaves the kids messages…you can check that out here:
http://myremodelednest.blogspot.com/2010/03/fairies-gather-here.html

But I'd love to make one for their rooms! Thanks for sharing!

Jules April 6, 2010 at 12:40 am

What an awesome idea!

jamie t. April 6, 2010 at 1:26 am

I love that idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Rita April 6, 2010 at 1:31 am

What a wonderful idea. Wish I had known about this when mine were young. Since they are both grown now…

Blarney April 6, 2010 at 1:32 am

Super cute! I'm a thinkin' there are some mailboxes in our near future!

The Cozy Chateau April 6, 2010 at 1:48 am

Oh I really love this!! This is next on my project list. Thanks for sharing such a sweet idea.
Nicole

a girl in a gorilla suit April 6, 2010 at 1:49 am

this is such an AWESOME idea. thank you so much for sharing it! love them!

Maureen April 6, 2010 at 1:53 am

I think this is the best idea I have seen in forever. Wow! I can't wait to duplicate it in some way. Thanks for sharing this.

Su April 6, 2010 at 2:19 am

love this idea!! My girls and I do something similar. . we have a notebook/journal that we pass back and forth. So I will write a letter to them and leave it under their pillow. And then they write back. .not necessarily that night. . a week or 2 may pass. . .but when they write back, they stick it under my pillow. It is a way for us to connect. . for them to share. . to keep us talking. . especially as they hit the teen years. . to know that I am here to talk to. The mailbox idea is great though because any member of the family could leave a note. . we have a fairly large family so these mailboxes would be a great way to foster connection among siblings too.

thanks for sharing-
Su

Country Dreaming April 6, 2010 at 3:35 am

Very cute idea!

Melinda

Kristen April 6, 2010 at 3:58 am

I remember that post! I still love that idea. It's too sweet. It'll be fun when they are older to put thing in like "Don't think I don't know you came in after curfew" and "You owe me $15.00 for gas."

Julie Isa April 6, 2010 at 4:02 am

Great idea! Thanks for the idea I love it!

Marianne@Songbird April 6, 2010 at 5:33 am

What a cute idea. I think my big kid, aka My Love would love to have his own special mailbox too!

Stephanie Lynn April 6, 2010 at 6:41 am

Must do this – What a fabulous idea! I bought one of the wooden mailboxes at Joannes and made it over for Valentines day…Now I need to go dig it out! Thanks for the inspiration…

Amanda April 6, 2010 at 11:21 am

That is such a wonderful idea! I really love this!

3XMom April 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm

such a great idea. I have seen these little mail boxes and never knew what to do with them. I love this! Thanks.

BousMama April 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm

That is a FABULOUS idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

Momma to Bug n' Bear April 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I'm going to Hobby Lobby today to buy them for my girls! Thanks for the inspiration…as always :-)

-Desiree

ThePerfectionist April 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

What s great idea- I love it! I'm going to have to go out and buy a mailbox now.(;

jenjen April 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

That is such a sweet idea. I love it!

XOXO
Jen

Melanie April 7, 2010 at 1:13 am

How sweet! I love this idea. I have a soon to be 16 yr. old and he would smile if I left him a note. He wouldn't want it in a mailbox though. LOL!

Barb April 7, 2010 at 1:36 am

I love your mail box idea. Wish I had used that for you and your brother. Your so creative in using it for so many different reasons. Quite the inspiration to others to communicate with their kids and make it fun and memorable.

How sweet!

RootsAndWingsCo April 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm

I love this! We have mailboxes too. I love the idea of a place to leave special notes, gifts, treats, etc. Just one more way to show some extra love!
Rebecca of the R&W Gals

Mrs. Denga April 10, 2010 at 2:52 am

Omg, too cute.

bangsbulletin April 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Did you make her lamp? I love it!!! What do you have to do to make one?

snickers May 4, 2010 at 1:53 am

this reminds me of being little when i was little i had a blues clues one that use to store art sulplies (my mom wasnt that creative ) but i loved it and i tried to make people send me mail but i would get mad if someone would send me a letter then tell me its in there because i wanted it to be a surprise a little spoiled maybe loved of course :)

only-more-love June 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm

My daughter is only 15-months-old, but I am bookmarking this for use when she is a little older. I LOVE this idea; thank you so much for sharing your inspiration.

Kelli Pope August 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Love Love Love this idea!!

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