Thursday, July 21, 2016

Miniature Dollhouse Wall Mounted Mailbox Tutorial

Here's another super easy project that will add so much charm to your dollhouse's front porch - a mailbox.
You can use thin wood such as 1/16" thick bass found here:http://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Wood-Crafting/Unfinished-Wood/1/1/16%22-x-4%22-x-24%22-4%22-Wide-Basswood-Sheets/p/29804  or you could use cardboard. You'll need paint and glue as well. I use Aleene's all purpose glue.
The front of the mailbox is a 1" square. The back of the mailbox is 1" wide x 1 3/5" tall.
The bottom of the mailbox is 5/8" x 1".
The top of the mailbox is 1/2" x 1"long.
The sides are 1 3/8" long x 3/8"wide.  (If you want a slimmer mailbox make the sides 2/8" wide.)
To cut an angle easily for the sides I put the side between the front and back of the mailbox. Draw a line and you've got your perfect angle.
I also have a little strip of wood to add to the front of the mailbox purely for esthetics. This is just a 1/16" x 1".
Glue the sides to the back of the mailbox. Notice the side is glued on top of the back panel.
Glue the front of the mailbox on top of the side edges.
Glue the bottom of the mailbox . Notice the bottom sticks out a little with a lip on the front of the mailbox. Just to make a little more detail.
The top will be next. It will be glued on in an open position so you can have mail showing inside.
And finally, glue the little strip of wood near the top of the front.
Sand the mailbox edges with a fine grit sand paper.  Paint the entire mailbox. I chose white latex paint.
I used a brown  ink pad to age the mailbox.
You can add decorative touches. I put 4 petal shapes with a grey marker and outlined part of them with a black marker to look like a cutout. I also added a little sign which I printed out.
The last step is to put mail in your box.  I made my mailbox a little larger so I could fit a little package in there. You can put mail, magazines, rolled up newspapers, old photos, recipes.
That's all there is to it! Give it a try. It's very easy to do and it adds so much cuteness to your dollhouse. 
hugs♥,

26 comments:

  1. Thank you for this adorable tutorial! ♥
    I am fascinated by your creativity, all these little details really gives life to the tiny mailbox! I must try the brown ink trick, thanks for teaching it! :D
    Hugs and little bats,
    Med ♥

    darkmedora.blogspot.com ♥

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  2. Lovely! Thanks for the tutorial, Caroline!
    Big hugs! :0)

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  3. Thank you for this adorable tutorial, dear Caroline! Have a good week end!

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  4. Awesome tutorial Caroline! I made mine just by stalking pics of yours LOL, I never thought to put the little lip part though, I'll have to do that next time:) Thank you for sharing!!!

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  5. I must save this tutorial because I will certainly be using it!

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  6. Such a cute mailbox. I will run this by our miniature club to see if they want to make it. Thank you for the tute! Hugs, LJ

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  7. Muchas gracias Caroline, es realmente encantador y ese aspecto envejecido, es impresionante.
    Seguro que probaré.
    Espero que disfrutes de un maravilloso fin de semana.
    Un abrazo

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  8. Your mailbox is very pretty. Thans for the tutorial.

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  9. Gracias Caroline. Un estupendo tutorial.

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  10. Can't wait to try this. It's adorable. Thanks for the tutorial Caroline.

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  11. Kaunis postilaatikko, Kiitos ohjeesta ♡

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  12. Oh!!! Qué capricho!!! Gracias por el tuto! ♥

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  13. Hello Caroline
    This is another marvellous tutorial, thank you. All these little finishing touches add such charm to your projects!
    All the best
    Vivian

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  14. Wonderful mailbox thank you very much Caroline for the wonderful tutorial.
    Hugs Maria

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  15. Caroline your dollhouse mailbox is a work of art in itself...Your fantastic clear instructions and photos mean that anyone would feel they could create one similar...All those little details like the jut out lip on the bottom of the mailbox, the shadowed texta "cutouts" and ink pad ageing work like magic to create a perfectly authentic wee mailbox. You're so clever.

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  16. Thanks for the tutorial! Good Summer. hugs, Marisa

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  17. Great tip about cutting the angle for the sides of your mailbox Caroline! The end results are Fabulous! :D

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  18. This is perfect! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  19. Thank you for the detailed tutorial. This will be perfect for my DH cottage. I love wreath on the door.

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  20. This mailbox is such a lovely detail! I love that your houses always feel so homey and like someone could really live there!

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  21. Vind het zo knap Caroline dat je steeds weer nieuwe ideeën hebt om dingen te maken grote klasse lieve groetjes Danielle

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  22. thank you so much for the mailbox tutorial Caroline, I will defin use this for my next project

    big hugs
    Marisa :)

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  23. A gorgeous letter box!!!
    Geneviève

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  24. What an adorable little mailbox! I love the distressed shabby chic look next to the bright, clean door! Thanks for such a fun tutorial. I think I would even enjoy getting bills if I had a mailbox like that, haha. :)

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  25. This is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial Caroline. I think I'll have to give this one a try. :)

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