DIY Unicorn Valentine's Day Mailbox
If you have been looking for Cricut Valentine’s Day ideas, I have an adorable unicorn Valentine box to show you!
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I knew as soon as I saw the metal mailbox in the Target Dollar Spot that it would be perfect for a DIY Valentine’s mailbox. I have a Cricut Design Space file for you and all the instructions so you can make one yourself in no time!
How to Make A DIY Unicorn Valentine Mailbox
I picked up my metal mailbox at the Target Dollar Spot, but I have seen them at Walmart as well.
I bought my felt at Hobby Lobby, and to be honest, it is not the best quality. There’s nothing wrong with it, just that on the scale from cheap acrylic felt to premium wool felt it is on the cheaper end.
The white glitter felt is stiffer than the regular felt. The light pink felt is 1 mm and the aqua for the bow is 2 mm. Of course, that’s just what I found at Hobby Lobby. I know they have felt at Michaels and Joann as well.
Create, bake, and adhere the unicorn horn.
The first step to make a unicorn Valentine mailbox is to make the horn.
Roll the clay and create the unicorn horn
Take a small piece of each color of clay and roll it into a long narrow “snake”, tapering it slightly where it is thicker on the bottom and skinnier to make the point on the top.
I wrapped the silver around the white, so I made it a bit longer than the white clay.
Hold both colors by the thicker base and begin wrapping the silver around the white. It make take a few tries to get it to look the way you want. Feel free to tear off some of the base if it is too long as well.
Bake the clay unicorn horn
The Sculpey instructions say to bake at 275 degrees F for 15 minutes per quarter inch of thickness. I baked mine for about 25 minutes and then let it cool.
Adhere the unicorn horn to the mailbox
Once it has cooled, use a glue gun to adhere the horn to the mailbox. Make sure to leave room for where the bow will go in front of it.
Open and Edit the name in the Cricut Design Space file.
While the clay is baking and cooling, open the Design Space file and edit the name.
The Design Space file is in my resource library. You can get the password at the bottom of this post!
I used the Don Juan font which is a Cricut font, but you can use any font you like. The mailbox is 4” from front to back, so I tried to keep my name around 3.75” wide. You may need to adjust the size based on how long the name you are cutting is.
Cut the vinyl and felt using the Cricut Design Space file.
Cut eyes and name from vinyl
Cut the eyes and name from adhesive vinyl. Removable or permanent will both work fine here. I just grabbed what I had on hand, which was Cricut Premium Removable vinyl
cut ears and bow out of felt
Cut each felt piece. I used the Maker and changed the blade selection to the rotary blade. Feel free to use the fine-point blade, but be prepared to possibly cut more than once depending on how sharp your blade is and the thickness of the felt you selected.
Assemble felt pieces and adhere to the mailbox.
Adhere the pink felt to the white glitter felt leaving a small bit showing at the top. I folded the bigger area of white on the bottom back several times to crease it and then glued on each side of the horn.
Take the longest strip of the pieces for the bow and fold each end underneath meeting in the middle to make two loops. Adhere that to the piece with the decorative pointed ends. Next, take the smallest piece and wrap around the bow in the middle.
Glue the bow in front of the horn. Originally I had it kind of tilted resting on the horn, but I decided I liked it better flat against the mailbox.
Apply vinyl eyes and name.
Using transfer tape, apply vinyl eyes to the front and the name to the side of the mailbox.
If you need a vinyl refresher, check out the Vinyl 101 series here.
I would love to see your DIY Unicorn Valentine’s Day Mailbox if you make one!