Homeschool Art Projects:
The St.Valentine's Mailbox is one of many homeschool art projects that is appropriate for both boys and girls. The decoration makes the difference.
Collect the following for each mailbox:
--red, white and/or pink tissue paper
--markers stickers, ribbons, lace, glitter, doilies, beautiful material scraps, etc.
1. Cut a rectangular slit in the top of the box. Be sure it is large enough for a valentine to slip through.
I have always found it easier to use a butcher knife to cut through thick cardboard. Use the point to break the surface, then carve the opening.
2. Wrap the top just like you would wrap a present.
--I suggest using 2 or 3 sheets of tissue together. It covers better and intensifies the color.
--Place the top (of the lid) of the box flat on the tissue paper. Don't worry; the slit will be covered just for the time being, and we don't care how the underside looks.
--Fold the four edges over neatly and tape in place.
--Use lots of tape on this project!
--Place the bottom (of the bottom) of the box on more tissue paper.
--Bring the tissue up over the sides and tape.
--To cut open the opening, using scissors carefully poke a small hole in the middle of the slit.
--Now cut an X from the center hole to the four corners of the opening.
--Fold the excess paper back and tape to the underside.
--The opening should now be neatly opened up.
--To reinforce it, place tape over the tissue all around, especially at the corners.
3. Hand to the child. Let him decorate to his heart's content.
A St.Valentine's mailbox is not just another one of many homeschool art projects. It is a treasure he will keep for years.
(This is not exaggeration. These mailboxes stay in their closets for so long that after the years you just have to take a picture and with nostalgia put them gently in the trash.)
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