I embellished this paper mache mailbox for my Letters to Santa Party. After our little guests wrote their letters to Santa, they addressed their envelopes and put them in our special mailbox so they could go straight to Santa at the North Pole.

Letters to Santa DIY mailbox tutorial by The Party Teacher

This was an easy, one night project. Here’s how to make your own mailbox.


  • Paper mache mailbox (from your local craft store)
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scrapbooking cardstock paper (2 different size patterns)
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Santa embellishment (from your local scrapbooking store; mine was by Jolee’s)
  • Glue Dots
  • Double sided tape
  • Mod Podge


1 – Paint the bottom of your mailbox and the edges. (These are the parts you will not cover with paper.) Extend your paint over the sides that will be covered with paper so you will not have any brown gaps. Also paint your flag.

2 – On the inside of the mailbox, you will see a little piece of brown tape. Peel that off to reveal the prongs of the brad that holds the flag in place. Straighten the prongs and remove the brad and flag.

3 – Select the piece of scrapbook paper with the larger pattern. Shape it over the body of your mailbox. Mark the reverse side of the paper where you need to trim it to fit the mailbox.

4 – Apply double stick tape to the reverse side of the trimmed paper. I put my tape at the edges of the paper (closest to the bottom of the mailbox) and two pieces evenly spaced between the edges.

5 – Find something small, pointy, and sharp (like an ice pick, but all I had was a meat fork). Insert the pointy part in the hole where the brad prong was. Slowly twist the point while pressing through the scrapbook paper. Then move your pointy thing to the outside of the mailbox and slowly twist and press the rest of the way through the paper. Using the brad, reattach the flag.

6 – Take your other piece of scrapbook paper and lay it face down on your table. Trace the front door of the mailbox and mark it with an “F.” Then trace the back of the mailbox and mark it with a “B.”

7 – Cut out the front and back doors, cutting somewhat inside your lines.

8 – Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the front door and the back of the paper cut to fit the front door. Apply the paper, smoothing and pressing down as you go. Repeat for the back.

9 – Trim a piece of ribbon and tie it around your flag. Add a Glue Dot to the center and attach a large button. (I used a star shape.) Add another Glue Dot and top it with a smaller button.

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