February 1, 2012

Vintage inspired mini-mailboxes...another $1 transformation!

Back on this post, I showed you a few $1 items that I recently picked up from Target. As soon as I saw these mini mailboxes, I was smitten and knew they had potential for a vintage makeover.



Two of my favorite blogging sites recently shared a few of their favorite vintage Valentines. You can find the images that I used in this crafting project on "My Vintage Mending" and "ImagiMeri's Creations". I saved few of their images onto my computer, uploaded them to Picnik and used the "stamp" frame around the images to turn them into mini stamps. You wouldn't have to use Picnik, but I'm taking advantage of it's "free" stamp frames while this service is still available. Pinking shears would provide the same effect too.

I then inserted the Valentine stamp images into Microsoft Word, printed them off, cut them out with pinking shears and glued them onto the mailboxes.

I also happened to have a few scrabble tiles that I hot-glued onto the red mailbox flags.

Super sweet...don't you think?



Don't forget.
I'm having a Vintage-inspired

Valentine give-away
here!


XOXO

25 comments:

vivian said...

love the little mailboxes! when my grand babies get a little bigger I will have to remember to do this...oh wait... I could do it now.. I am getting them little valentines pressies!
have a great day!
xoxo
vivian

Lee said...

Very cute...and only one dollar?! I almost wish my kids were young enough to work on them...almost!
Enjoy your day!

My Vintage Mending said...

Wait a stinkin' minute....never thought to use Picnik as postage stamp! How perfect...Genius...strikes again. Super cute. Smiles...Renee

Cindy said...

They are super sweet! I decorated ours last night, so that we could begin our first official 14-days of family love notes.

I will try to finish my post this evening. Thanks for the heads-up on those darling mailboxes.

Crafty Valentine hugs,
Cindy

Shelley said...

Very sweet indeed...blessings

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Oh my gosh, so sweet. I just ordered my granddaughter a Hello Kitty sewing machine and am setting her up a sewing station. That would be such a cute idea. I already have the fabric panel so I could do that! Thanks so much for the idea, she would love it!
JUlie

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Oh my gosh Kim, I just realized I don't need to use my kitty cat fabric up and could do what you did with the images! I'm super excited. Thanks so much. Now I just need to figure out what Picnik or whatever you wrote about is and how to use it! Thanks again,I just love a great idea!
Julie

GardenofDaisies said...

Sweet little mailboxes!!! I have used that "stamp" frame for all the photos on my blog this past year. Just heartsick that Picnik is going away. The two things I want to find more than anything on a new photo editing program are the "stamp" frame and the "tuna and hotdog" font.... otherwise my blog is going to look very very different come April.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are adorable! You find the neatest things to craft with in the bargain bins! I love this idea! ♥

Donna said...

I absolutely love your mini mailboxes, Kim! What a great idea to add the postage stamp border, and the scrabble tiles, too. You have so many wonderful ideas:)!!

Jboo said...

Oh my -- so adorable and I ALMOST bought those mailboxes!!!

Laurel Leaf Cottage said...

Those are darling!! Well, I'm off to Target now.....! xx ~Deanna

Janet said...

They are definately super sweet and make such a nice Valentine gift for your girls!
Blessings,
Janet

Cheryl G. said...

Those are such sweet mailboxes.
Look at all the cute stuff inside!

Heather said...

Oh my goodness, these little mailboxes are just adorable! I always love the way you embellish items, Kim!

birdie blue said...

your mailbox re-do is ever so sweet. love this idea, kim. you're such a crafty ninja.

xo
molly

Jodee said...

So cute! Love those mailboxes.

Elizabeth said...

The mailboxes are a great idea! Wanted to let you know I was able to use the Panda Express CNY kit with my 6th graders this week. Tomorrow they are making their Chinese lanterns!

hron said...

WOW, you just made my day!!! I was collecting little things to send to my grand daughters (ages 3 & 5) and I see how I could "package them". Hope I can find the sweet little mailboxes! Thanks for posting this sweet idea!

MelMel said...

What a super sweet idea!
I love this make over!

Melxx

Poppy said...

What a wonderful idea for Valentine boxes for school parties! I LOVE this! I have some little girls that will be very excited about this project! So glad to find and follow your blog!

Have a beautiful day!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Kim,
These turned out so cute!! What a great idea!! Love it!!

Hugs,
Deb

Jenn Erickson said...

Kim, I love what you did with those little mailboxes! So sweet and loaded with great vintage details!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Oh I love this!!! I have had a rough week at work and looking forward to some valentine crafting this weekend. I had no idea there were stamp frames on the picnic editor. This is such an adorable embellishment to the mailbox.

Courtney said...

Love these little mailboxes, I may have to get some for Logan and Madison.