TUTORIAL: a Charlie Brown (Mailbox) Valentine’s Card

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Introduction: TUTORIAL: a Charlie Brown (Mailbox) Valentine’s Card

Valentine’s Day is next week, and I committed to help make some decorations for my son's class party. Since I was planning to pull out my crafting supplies, I thought I might as well make some handmade Valentine’s Day cards. I don’t know what made me think of Charles Schulz’ famous comic strip, Peanuts, but perhaps it was a recent reading of Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown that inspired this tutorial.  If you’re looking to make a Peanuts-inspired Valentine card this year, then look no further.

Materials/Supplies:
- templates
- scissors
- glue
- red/pink/light blue/any other colored card stock
- white printer paper

Step 1: Print Out Templates.

Mailbox = Envelope
There are two versions of my mailbox design, essentially the envelope for the Valentine card. The first version offers a mailbox design with a front flap closure. The second version offers two mailboxes on one page to save time and space.

Envelope = Valentine Card
The confusion with this particular Valentine card is that the mailbox represents the envelope, and the envelope represents the Valentine card. I provide two versions of the envelope, one with a Charlie Brown cartoon sketch by Charles Schulz and one without.

Personally, I think the one with Schulz’ cartoon sketch connects the whole Charlie Brown mailbox Valentine theme, but you may prefer a simpler version that speaks to the essence of receiving a Valentine by mail, feel free to use that version. Hopefully, this gives you enough creative freedom to make a personalized Valentine for a loved one this Valentine’s.

From here on out in the tutorial, I will refer to the template pieces as mailbox and envelope.

Step 2: Cut Out Envelope With or Without the Charlie Brown Sketch.

Fold along the lines inward to create the look of an envelope. You can add a sticker, such as a heart, to close and secure the envelope. However, the envelope will fit snugly into the mailbox, so you don’t have to add a sticker embellishment, if you so choose.

Step 3: Cut Out Mailbox (simple or Elaborate Version).

Note: The photos in the tutorial will be demonstrated with the elaborate version.

Fold along lines, so the black lines are facing inward.

Note: If your cardstock is colored one side, while the other side is white, make sure you print your template on the backside of your colored card stock paper.  This will ensure that the color you want for your mailbox is facing outward.

Step 4: Glue Right and Bottom Side of Mailbox.

Step 5: Insert Envelope Into Mailbox.

Use “c” hooks to enclose the envelope in the mailbox.

Interesting Note: The enclosure was a happy accident, since I originally wanted the “c” hooks to link in opposite directions. I think it worked out in the end.

Step 6: Voila! Project Complete!

Now you have your very own Charlie Brown (Mailbox) Valentine Card!

If you'd like a copy of the template, you can head over to the original post on Hometown Betty.

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From my hometown to yours,

Betty

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    9 Discussions

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    momoluv
    momoluv

    5 years ago

    Hey Momo here!

    I would LOVE to use this instructable in this week's edition of momo's shoutout Sunday! Check out my french macarons tutorial and scroll to the bottom to see your instructable! Thanks for contributing to the community!

    ~Momoluv

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    hometownbetty
    hometownbetty

    Reply 5 years ago

    sure thing! thx for sharing! have a wonderful weekend, betty

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    apestue
    apestue

    5 years ago on Introduction

    this would be perfect as a Xmas card for my mailman. Adorable

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    sunshiine
    sunshiine

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I love this! thanks for sharing your hard work and do have a splendorous day!

    sunshiine

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    hometownbetty
    hometownbetty

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hello Sunshine! Thanks for checking out the tutorial. You too!

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    sunshiine
    sunshiine

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    You are welcome! I hope your weekend shines!

    sunshiine

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    Musicartist1234
    Musicartist1234

    6 years ago

    This is super cute and simple to do thanks 4 a wonderful idea

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    hometownbetty
    hometownbetty

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Musicartist1234, thank you taking a look at the tutorial. =)