Images courtesy of Home Depot
On the 1st Saturday of every month at Home Depot is a FREE Kids Workshop. The kids workshop is from 9am until 12pm. Kids are invited to come and build a fun free craft. All kids are given a Junior Home Depot apron at their first build. After completing a build your child will receive a special pin pertaining to the workshop they attended. Complete 10 workshops and receive an extra special pin! The workshops are recommended for children ages 5 to 12. Register online now for February’s build happening this Saturday the 6th by clicking here. This weekends build is to make a mailbox perfect for holding Valentines cards!
Since this ends up being such a fun craft and my daughter is so happy with her finished product I thought I should share our Easy Valentines Mailbox ideas! Last year I didn’t have any shoeboxes on hand to use for the requested craft for her class’ Valentines event so we opted to use an empty cereal box. It turned out to be a big success. So we decided to go the same route with this years mailbox. When it comes to projects and crafts I try to use materials already in my home. For both mailboxes the main materials used were construction paper, glue, tape, and an empty cereal box. Pretty simple and it’s really fun to see how creative we can get. I love that this is a little yearly tradition that my daughter and I share.
To get things started my daughter and I did a little brainstorming on what she would like on her “mailbox”. We ran through a few ideas and talked about how to go about making those ideas work. She was a little indecisive on what she wanted but finally settled on doing a Star Wars Rebels theme. She absolutely loves Star Wars and is a big fan of the new cartoon show that features two female main characters. So we talked about doing something with her favorite character Sabine from Star Wars Rebels. With the construction paper colors we already had we worked out doing Sabines helmet for her valentine mailbox. I got to work looking up images and drawing up a sketch to work with. We then covered the cereal box with construction paper together using tape. I traced my sketch onto the color paper my daughter had chosen and then had my daughter cut out the helmet.
On the helmet sketch I wrote out what colors we were going to use. (We ended up not having some of out intended colors but we found ways to make it work.)
All the next steps were tracing and cutting out the detailed pieces. I did much of the tracing since the paper I used for the original sketch was very thin and hard to hold in place to trace. So my daughter handled the cutting and assembly, requiring only a little help and guidance.
We colored some of the construction paper with crayons to get the colors we were hoping for since we a limit selection on hand. This actually gave her helmet the look we were going for anyways. After everything was cut out the pieces were then laid on the pink helmet and glued down. It was almost like putting a little puzzle together. Just make sure not to mix up any pieces and it can throw everything off and can lead to having to starting all over. Once we had everything glued down we then glued the finished helmet to the front of our covered cereal box.
The finished product! I have to say I’m really proud of the work my kiddo and I did. She is so excited to take her mailbox to school and show all her friends. I love that we use a cereal box for this craft since we leave the top completely open. All the Valentines she receives from her friends fit perfectly and no worrying about having to cram them through a small slot.
This is my daughters Valentine Mailbox from last year. We did a simple but very cute owl. The steps for this were almost the same. We covered the empty cereal bow with construction paper. Then I helped draw out the owl pieces on paper which my daughter then cut out. We used glue to make designs and on the wings, beak and body and then poured glitter on top of the wet glue. The only part that I did completely by myself was the bow since I used a hot glue gun to create it and glue it the box.
Hope you enjoyed this little craft tutorial and that it can aid in future Valentine mailbox ideas!
FREE Kids Crafts at Lakeshore Learning
This Saturday February 7th from 11am to 3pm Lakeshore Learning Stores will be hosting a FREE Valentines themed kids crafting event. Kids will be able to make three different crafts. The first craft is a Pot of Flower Hearts and the second is Mailbox “Buddy. Lastly they can make some From the Heart Coupons. This is the perfect opportunity to let your little ones make some gifts to give loved ones on Valentines Day. Click here to find a store nearest you.
Have fun crafting! Don’t forget to use the coupon posted below to save on your Lakeshore shopping.
Lowe’s is having a special Valentines themed build on February 14th at 10am. Registration for the FREE build will be on February 2nd. Registration for these builds fill up very quickly. Click here to register for a store closest to you. From my own experience I advise everyone to show up early as even being registered is not always a guarantee that your child will be able to participate if you show up after the start time. My kids always have a great time at these builds and are so proud of themselves and their completed projects.
This is the Sweet Heart Picture Holder that is for the Build happening on February 14th. Remember to register right away on February 2nd!
Williams-Sonoma FREE Jr Chef January Classes
She loved the last time there was a burger class so it’s safe to say I will be signing her up for the next one!
This is one of my favorite events to post about. I make it a point to set aside time for my daughter to attend at least one of these classes a month and she absolutely loves them! Having your children help in meal preparation helps them in making healthier choices and with them being less picky eaters. My local Williams-Sonoma has been so great with really letting all the kids attending the classes get to be hands on. I highly recommend these classes.
January Jr Chef Classes
- Saturday January 10th 10am – Baking for Beginners – Kids will learn the basics of baking and will help prepare a yummy breakfast and baked snack. *ages 9-13 recommended*
- Saturday January 17th 10am – Better Burgers – Kids will learn how to make a burger their way with all the fixings. *ages 9-13 recommended*
- Saturday January 24th 10am – Fun Finger Foods – Kids will learn that it’s ok to eat without a fork!, by making fun delicious finger foods. *ages 9-13 recommended*
- Saturday January 31st 10am – No Bake Valentine’s Treats – Kids will learn how to make 3 easy no-bake treats perfect for Valentine’s Day! *ages 5-13 recommended*
Images from williams-sonoma.com
*This is the Temecula Stores class schedule be sure to verify with your local store of class dates, times and details.
All classes teach kids about safe food handling and some great beginner techniques. Also new recipes that can be recreated at home. Class size can be limited so do reserve a spot by stopping by your local store. You can find a store nearest you by click here.
Have fun checking out these delicious classes!