Monday, August 31, 2015

Pretend Play Post Office

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 We love pretend play in our house. Play kitchens, vegetable stand, doll hospital, my girls love to dress up and make believe. Diaper boxes are the best boxes, they are sturdy and can take quite a beating, so every time I end up with a new diaper box, we try and make something for the kids to play with. This time we made a post office!
 When it comes to crafting with a diaper box, any size will work, but I LOVE using the really big Huggies ones from Babies"R"Us, because it gives you that much more real estate to work with.

For this set you will need: 


  • a large diaper box
  • blue spray paint
  • three sheets of blue felt
  • white felt
  • red/pink felt
  • red ribbon
  • vinyl or white paper and Mod Podge
  • scissors
  • sewing machine or needle and thread
  • tape
  • white heat transfer

Find a sturdy diaper box, we use Huggies Little Movers boxes because they are our favorite diapers and they work great! Empty the diaper box and spray paint it blue. It took a few coats of paint to get the color I was looking for.
 I cut out the logo with vinyl, but you could easily use paper and Mod Podge it onto the box.
Cut a square on three sides on one side of the box. Bend down the flap, so it will be easy for kids to get things in and out of. I made the bottom of my diaper box the top of the post office. I taped the box shut again after spray painting and I tape the hand holds closed as well. I sized the logo to fit in between the square and the hand hold and applied it with transfer tape. 
 For the mail bag, take two pieces sheets of blue felt. Overlap them halfway on each other and sew them together. This will give you the flap over the top of the bag. Lay the two pieces sewn together on top of another sheet of blue felt, wrong sides together. Sew the bag together on three sides and then flip right side out. Sew the ribbon on either side of the bag, under the flap.
 You can leave the bag as is, or add heat transfer to the front of the bag to read mail.
 Cut long rectangles of white felt for the envelopes. Fold the felt a third of the way up and sew on three sides. Fold the top down and cut it into a point, creating an envelope. I did this with a bunch of different sizes to make all different kinds of envelopes. I also cut a bunch of heart for my girls to play with and put inside the envelopes.
 It is so much fun to be able to create toys and hours of creative play for my kids out of things I buy anyway like diaper boxes. We buy the new Little Movers Diapers because they feature Dry Touch that absorbs on contact. Keeping my little one comfortable so she can play her heart out is so important to me. These diapers have Leak Lock for up to 12 hours of protection, so I can feel good about using them overnight.
My daughter's favorite thing about these diapers is that they have Mickey Mouse on them. She carries dry diapers all over the house telling everyone about Mickey.
Right now you can get a $4 rebate on the new Little Movers Diapers when you buy them at Babies"R"Us, which is also where you can buy the extra large boxes for crafting!
What pretend play toy would you make with the New Huggies Little Movers diaper boxes? 
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27 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

Ok, that is seriously cute. What a fun idea.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

I love a good recycling craft, and this is awesome! [client]

Michelle Thomas said...

So cute!! Great idea

Julie @ Girl on the Move said...

Pinned this because...too cute! I want to make this with our next diaper box!

Jeanine said...

What a clever and adorable idea! I never would think to do something like this but it is fabulous! Very cute.

Lydia Filgueras said...

Oh wow how cute is this? I want to play mailman with my grandson now. :)

bxcrochet said...

That is such a great idea! What a great way to re-purpose the box.

Michelle F.

Crystal said...

Oh my! That is so adorable. I know my kids love getting mail, but this would let them pretend to get mail all the time.

Jamie H said...

I think you're going to be my kids' new hero, since this is totally happening at my house ASAP! What a great way to recycle a diaper box!

ana de jesus said...

I always love reading your posts and they inspire me to be more creative.

Jaclyn Anne said...

Such a cute DIY mailbox!! I love the mail carrier bag as well! Thank you for the idea!

MikiHope said...

What a cute idea and a great way to re use an item instead of throwing it away. Of course with boxes they can be recycled--but being re used is even better.

Julie is Coco and Cocoa said...

I love that little mailbox! My 5 year old would have a blast with that. And I am crazy for up cycled projects ;)

Yona Williams said...

That is an incredibly clever way to transform a diaper box, and the final result is really impressive. I will have to tell my best friend about this – I bet her kids would like this.

Liz Mays said...

This totally tickles me since playing post office was one of my fave things as a child. I really love how easy it is to make too.

Becca Dorr said...

This is such a cute project! I don't know a kid who wouldn't love it!

Donna M said...

I love this! My daughter would have so much fun playing post office - pinning for a fall craft :)

Domicile 37 said...

This is so cute and perfect for Halloween!

Hodge Podge Moments said...

This is ADORABLE! It looks like it was a big hit with the kids too!

Stacey D said...

So very cute! The third graders at my school complete a box project. Kids bring in boxes to turn into a creation. It is always a fun building project.

Jaclyn Kent said...

This is such a great idea! They should start making a little mailbox play set!

Rebecca Hubbell said...

This is such a cute idea and I love that you were able to recycle that box!

Karissa Ancell said...

This is so cute! It reminds me of things we use to do years ago when I taught preschool.

Alexandra @ My Urban Family said...

This is such a cute idea! I love that :) And your kids look so happy!

Lisa Healy said...

Another great use for an old box - I love it! Pinning this for the next time we have a decent-sized box hanging around!

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

Great use of a cardboard box! It looks so realistic - so fun!

Melinda Mitchell said...

What a creative idea! Did she just mail a diaper? lol
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