Special Delivery Paper Mailbox Tutorial and Pattern

Special delivery! Who doesn’t like it when the mail carrier comes by? I especially like it when they bring me packages. I designed these little mailboxes for Kaye and Elle for Valentine’s Day. I call them Special Delivery Paper Mailboxes. I thought it would be cute to exchange family Valentines in them. At 3, Kaye in intrigued by the concept of mail. Anytime we get a package, she thinks it’s a grandma envelope from Grandma in Washington.

I created these paper mailboxes from my own pattern which I put in PDF format for you. While putting these together, I have found that transparent tape will be your best friend. And after I made both mailboxes and taken the photos, Nathan notified me that the flags should be pointing the other direction. Oh well. Learn from my mistakes. If you make something using this tutorial, please upload pictures of it in our Flickr group to show it off to everyone. You may be featured on Simply Modern Mom.


1. Print the paper mailbox PDF pattern. Follow the instructions on the patterns to piece together the mailbox base. Then cut out the rest of the pattern pieces. You should have 4 pieces in the end — mailbox base, mailbox cover, flag and tab.

2. Trace the mailbox base and mailbox cover pattern onto a 12″ x 12″ cardstock paper. Then race the flag and tab patterns onto the coordinating color papers. Make sure you cut the tabs as shown in the second picture below.

3. Cut out your pieces. Cut the solid lines and fold the dotted lines.

4. Use hole punch to cut out the holes at the indicated circles on the flag and mailbox cover.

5. Fold the tab according to the folds indicated on the pattern.

6. Use a brad to attach the flag to the mailbox cover. Secure the back of the brad with a piece of clear tape. Make sure you don’t make my mistake of pointing the flag in the wrong direction as shown in the picture. It is supposed to go the other way.

7. Apply glue to the tabs on the mailbox base. Then attach mailbox cover to the base by matching the tabs. The short sides of the mailbox cover attach to the long tabs in the middle section of the base. The trick is to use clear tape to help keep the glued parts together, especially at the curves.

8. Apply glue to the full half of the tab, not the half with a second fold. And attach it to the top center of the open flap of the mailbox.

9. Using Glue Dot’s instructions on the box, apply a removable Glue Dot to the top center of the mailbox. Make sure it’s the point where the tab on the open flap touches.

Let me know if any part of the instructions are not clear. Happy mailing!

52 Responses to “Special Delivery Paper Mailbox Tutorial and Pattern”

  • Silvia

    Beautiful tutorial, I would like to do this mailbox, I love
    it!! Can I put some photos on my blog with the link to your blog? I
    think my readers will love your tutorial and your blog. Thank you
    in advance Tiffany!

  • Anna

    lovely!!! a great idea… I like it soo much!!!! Here in Spain we do not have this type of mail boxes and we see lots of them on movies!!!! I like this idea to make one to let little messages to my husband as a romantic way! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • April

    SO cute but it wouldn’t last 2 seconds any where near my kids. I’ll have to save this one for later. You do a great job on the tutorials, there are always enough pictures for us visual learners. 🙂

  • Mary W.

    I think these are absolutely adorable! I am contemplating making a slightly larger one (or two) by increasing the size on our printer/copier, using cereal boxes and letting the kids paint them. Would make cute Valentine boxes for a party we are attending. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Rachel

      I’m having a little problem accessing the pdf file. I’ll try again another time.

  • Bobby Nelson

    Hello! I live in Japan and teach English at three different elementary schools. This idea is a perfect way for my students to leave little notes for me. I tried printing it out, but the dimensions came out incorrect. How do I print this out so that the dimensions fit. Thanks for the help!

    • Bobby Nelson

      I figured out what I did wrong…I feel silly. Thank you so much again!

  • alma

    excelente justo lo que buscaba para la clase con mis niños gracias que Dios te bendiga

  • Mel

    Thank you so much for this paper mailbox tutorial and the free template. I’ve been looking for this for like forever. My class will be delighted with this cute mailbox. Super thanks again! xoxo


  • Dashaina

    I did this with my girls today. I had them colour their tops and they just love them! We live in Panama and do not have door to door mail service. But they love sending letters to everyone in the house. We’ll probably post about it this week with pictures. Thanks for sharing!


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