Sunday, July 6, 2014

Craft: Painting a Doll-Sized Mailbox

"We need a new mailbox." Saige said to McKenna.
"It's a good thing I bought one the other day when I went to Hobby Lobby."
"Are you going to paint it?" McKenna asked Saige. "I sure am!"

 What you'll need for this project:
  • Paper Mache mailbox (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $1.99)
  • Paint (white and any other colors you want)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Clear coat spray

The first step is to give the whole mailbox a base coat of white paint. It can be a little sloppy if you are going to paint it a different color later. If you are going to leave the inside white, (like I did) then give it a good, even coat.
The next step is to paint the sides and bottom a base color. I chose a lime green color that I mixed. (I used Apple Barrel's Christmas Green and Apple Barrel's Bright Yellow)
 Next I painted the two stripes on the front and back of the mailbox. I used a purple that I mixed myself. (I used Apple Barrel's Purple Pansy and Apple Barrel's White)
 Now we move on to painting the flag of the mailbox. I chose to paint it red.

 This last step is optional. I always like to give things a nice, finished off look using a clear coat spray.
The mailbox is finished, and Saige is very happy!

What I love about this project is that you can go off with it in so many different directions. Personalize it for your dolls by adding stickers, sparkles, or anything else to make it the perfect mailbox for your dolls!

Here are some fun facts about today's post:
Saige, McKenna, and McKenna's shirt are from American Girl.
Saige's dress is from Dollie and Me.


  1. Hey! Cute idea :) You asked me a few weeks ago how I get several posts under one page. I simply created a page, put photos on it, and then added links to all the different posts next to the photos. Does that make sense?

    1. Yes, I think so. I'll try that. Thanks for the tip and the nice comment!