Valentine’s Day is in just 2 weeks, so I have been busy making some Valentine-themed American Girl Doll crafts for my daughters. Today I want to share with you an adorable doll mailbox that you can fill with printable Valentines.
You can easily find tin mailboxes this time of year at your local discount or dollar store in with their Valentine displays. Target has the tin mailboxes in their dollar section, but the lids remove completely. I found one with a hinge at my local Michaels for $4. Regardless of where you find yours, these mailboxes are so easy to convert into a free standing mailbox with a few things from your local craft store! Sitting on a base, these tin mailboxes are the perfect size for doll play. Here is how I made ours.
- novelty Tin Mailbox approx. 3 3/4 inches tall x 5 1/4 inches long
- 4 inch square unfinished wooden plaque
- 7 inch unfinished wooden candlestick
- 2 inch screw
- #8 x 1 inch screw
- pliers, drill, countersink bit, 9/64 inch drill bit, 5/32 inch drill bit, socket wrench with a 1/4 inch socket and a screwdriver bit
- optional – paint or stain, paintbrush
Instructions to make your American Girl Doll Mailbox:
1. Using a pair of pliers, remove the metal candlestick insert.
2. If desired, paint or stain the unfinished wood pieces and allow to dry.
3. Using the ruler, find and mark the center of bottom of the wooden plaque.
4. Use the 9/64 inch drill bit to drill a hole at the marked center of the bottom side of the plaque and go all the way through. Use a countersink bit at the hole to allow the screw to drive down flush.
5. Center the candlestick upside down on the top of the wood plaque. Drive the 2 inch screw from the center of the bottom of the plaque into the inverted candlestick, until it is flush with the bottom of the plaque. The screw will be long enough to go into the center of the cup of the candlestick and hold the two pieces together.
6. Mark the center of both the mailbox bottom and the candlestick base.
7. Use the 5/32 inch bit to drill a hole through the base of the mailbox at the marked center.
8. Use the 9/64 inch bit to drill a starter hole into the bottom of the candlestick.
9. Using a #8 x 1 inch screw and a socket wrench equipped with a 1/4 inch socket and a screwdriver bit, insert the screw from the inside of the mailbox into the candlestick.
That’s all there is to it!
If you want, you can paint the base. I painted the base white and it turned out great. My daughters wanted their mailbox plain. Either way, it is a fun new addition for your 18 inch doll collection.
If you do a quick search for printable vintage Valentines, you can find plenty of cute Valentines to fill up your mailbox. Remember that American Girl Doll scale is 1:3. So be sure to resize the Valentines to 33% before you print them. Happy Crafting!