Make A Family Love Note Mailbox

Family Love Note Mailbox

My children love writing notes and drawing pictures for our family and their friends, so that is why I decided to make a mailbox for our home for Valentine’s Day.

From now until February 14, the whole family is going to write love notes to each other and “mail” them in our Love Mailbox, and then on Valentine’s we will open the box and read all the sweet notes we have sent to each other over the course of the previous month.

The only problem I see is that in a family of 7, I may have used too small a box! My children are so excited over this idea they have been writing love notes like crazy! I may have to put a limit on the number of notes to be mailed each day so our box doesn’t run out of room. Or I could always make another one; it only took a couple hours, and most of that was drying time.

If you want to make a mailbox for your family, or even for your classroom, you just need a few basic supplies.


I seem to have tons of Young Living boxes lying around my garage (I love my essential oils!), so I used one of the NingXia Red ones. It is about the size of a shoe box, but really any size or type of box will work.

First I pulled off the plastic tape that was holding the ends together, because it is difficult to paint over plastic, and then closed the ends back up with plain paper masking tape.

Then I cut a mail slot into the top with my box cutter. If you are doing this with kids, an adult should handle the box cutter. My husband cut his hand with one at work once and needed stitches, so it’s not something you would want a child to get a hold of.

Then I painted the top and sides of the box in Tuscan Red acrylic paint. I needed 2 coats to fully cover the writing on the box. You can see in this picture that I used the slot to steady the box while painting the sides.


Next I used 3D paint in Iridescent Gold to write on the front and make the hearts on the top, and 3D paint in Gold Glitter to outline the slot. You could really let your imagination go wild at this point and decorate it however makes you happy, though. You could put stickers, cut-out construction paper hearts, whatever you want.

To make the flag, I painted a craft stick black and used Elmer’s Glue to tape it to the side of the box. I cut a triangle out of cardstock, painted it gold, and glued it to the top of the stick.

That’s it. Super simple project. It only took me half of an afternoon, and like I said before most of that time was waiting for the box to dry between coats of paint. I let it dry completely overnight before the kids could start mailing their letters.

Here are a couple more pictures of the finished project:



Let me know if you made one. I would love to see how yours turns out!

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  • Miranda, this is a great idea! I know someone who would love to do this and will forward on the link 🙂 Thanks for stopping by DRAH and visiting!

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      Thanks so much! Glad you liked it.

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  • Tammy

    We use to make these as kids to take to school. I have never thought about doiong this for the family. What a great idea.

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      Thanks. I can’t wait to open it on Valentine’s Day and read all the notes!

  • aprilaakre

    I love this idea, it is so cute and my kids would love it

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      Thank you.

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  • Melissa M. Miller

    This is such a cute idea! I might just have to make one! I’m surrounded by MEN!! I shower them with affection all the time, so it would be an easy task for me, but I’d really like to have a little love validation!

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      Definitely make one! It would be cute to see the love notes they put in for you.

  • Angie Agerter

    What a super cute idea. I love it!!

    • Miranda Gonzalez


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  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    I just love this idea. Who doesn’t enjoy getting notes of adoration and encouragement?! I definitely want to do this.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

    • Rahab to Riches

      I totally agree, everyone loves getting notes! I can’t wait to read them all on Valentine’s.

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

      I’m so glad you linked up to the #SHINEbloghop.

      Wishing you a lovely day.

  • Michelle

    Such a wonderful idea! I’ll be sure to try making one this week for sure. 🙂 Thank you for sharing! #ibabloggers

    • Rahab to Riches

      Thank you! I’d love to see how yours turns out!

  • Bernadyn Nettles

    This is exactly what we need in our house since both my children enjoy writing or drawing love notes! Excited to make this with my daughter who loves to help with projects like this. Pinning this, thanks 🙂 #ibabloggers

    • Rahab to Riches

      Thanks so much for stopping by and pinning! Let me know how yours turns out, I’d love to see pictures!

  • satrntgr

    That’s adorable!! This would be a great thing to do with my family, thanks for the info!

    • Rahab to Riches

      Thank you for stopping by! Let me know if you do it and how it turns out.

  • Cassandra

    I’ve never thought of this. I can imagine looking back at those notes in 20 years!

  • Terri Presser

    Fantastic, this looks great, thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  • Beverly Roderick

    What a fun idea and cute project! Thanks for sharing this on the Spring Craft Blog Hop.

  • Maria

    Such a fantastic idea! I love the fact that everyone will get a love note on Valentine’s day. A great project and tradition to continue with your family for years to come.

  • Kelly Ninyette

    This is a wonderful way to share the love of your family with one another. Love it. Thanks for linking up at Mum-bo Monday

    • Rahab to Riches

      Thanks for hosting!

    • Kelly Ninyette

      Congratulations! This post is my pick of the party for the Mum-bo Monday Link Up and it will be featured this week!

  • Amber

    This is such an incredibly sweet and smart idea! What a wonderful way to teach kids to appreciate each other. Definitely trying this with my family! Thanks for linking up with us in the Best of the Blogosphere. Hope to see you next week!

    • Rahab to Riches

      I hope you and your family enjoy it! We have had a lot of fun with it so far.

  • Emmymom

    What a wonderful idea! Kids really do get excited about these kind of things and they are so simple but really makes a big difference. Thanks for linking up with the #bestoftheblogosphere

  • Cassie @ Beauty & The Boys

    I love this SO much! I made a DIY love mailbox a couple years ago and it’s still one of my favorite crafts to date! Yours is so cute!! Thanks for linking up to the #bestoftheblogosphere

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