Painting the Mailbox

When we walk around our neighborhood, we love admiring the mailboxes. There's a choo-choo train mailbox a few streets down, a kitty cat mailbox across the street, and a little castle mailbox a couple of doors down. Then, there's our mailbox. Very non-descript and boring.

So my kids and I decided to do something about it. It was time to bring a little pizzazz to the mailbox. We dug up some washable tempera paint and went to work.

  1. Ages: 0 - 11

  2. 1 hour - 2 hours

  3. Messy


Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Here's the two-paintbrush, two-handed painting technique.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Note that in addition to a mailbox and paint, you need some paintbrushes and probably something for your little ones to stand on. In our case, we used our little chairs. Peekaboo!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    My daughter was intent on combining two things she loves: hearts + flowers = heart flowers.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    It was so much fun, and the results were colorful and lively. We suspect that our mail feels that much more warm and welcome now.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    Wonder what our mailman thinks... We're hoping it brings a smile to him and anyone else who moseys down the street. It brings us smiles! We can't wait for the rain to wash away the current design so that we can get started on a whole new masterpiece. it to rain and wash away the current design. What fun things do you spot in your neighborhood?

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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