H is for Holidays: Letters to Santa
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Excitement is building as Christmas draws nearer. Ava, who is 4 years old, has been thinking a lot about Santa. She has had two opportunities to sit with Santa already this year although she does not think that the second one was the “real” Santa. Her little mind is always hard at work. We love to work on craft projects together, especially for holiday events. Making mailboxes for our letters to Santa was one of the easiest and most fun projects we have done in a long time. Are you ready to learn more about our mailbox project and to see some awesome options to send letters to Santa? Here we go:
Printable letter to Santa template (find the links to 7 of my favorite free printable letters below)
Decorating these cute little mailboxes couldn’t be easier. With the self-adhesive shapes, all it takes is removing the backing from the shape and sticking it on. Ava was peeling and sticking faster than I could keep up. She put trees everywhere on her mailbox – on the door, on the flag, even inside! She insisted that I needed a big green tree on the inside of my mailbox door as you can see in my images. We had a lot of fun with this project. I liked that she could do it herself with little assistance from me which was a big confidence builder. Clean up was also simple – just throwing away the paper backing from the shapes. Truly a perfect non-messy craft project.
Once your mailbox is decorated, it is time to add some mail! I was going to create my own letter to Santa template, but after browsing Pinterest quickly I found a ton of great free printable options. I have included images and links to seven of my favorite letters. You can either click on the image or the name of the source directly below each image to be redirected to the original site. Which is your favorite design?
To add your letter to Santa to your mailbox, simply pick the template of you choice, download and print. Help your little one write their letter to Santa and stick it in the mailbox. We decided to make our letter fancy by rolling it into a scroll and tying it with a red satin ribbon. So much fun!
These little mailboxes would be cute to use with your Elf on the Shelf too. Maybe as a way for the kids to send a note back to Santa via their scout elf? I was going to take a picture of our elf with a mailbox for this post, but Jingle was far too busy causing mischief to be bothered with a photo session. Maybe next year…
The cute red tinplate mailboxes from Oriental Trading were absolutely perfect for this project. If you have never visited the Oriental Trading site, you are missing out on a great resource for all your party and holiday needs. From toys and games to party decorations and tableware to stocking stuffers, ornaments, gift wrap and crafts, Oriental Trading has something for everyone! Check out their amazing Christmas Headquarters for all things Christmas. Are you looking for Hanukkah or New Years items? Oriental Trading has you covered there too with a great selection of holiday supplies and decorations for all kinds of holidays and events. Lastly, if you need some additional inspiration this holiday season, Oriental Trading has a fun blog page full of recipes, tablescapes, ornaments, crafts and more. Find it at http://www.orientaltrading.com/blog/celebrate/christmas. Be sure to check out all these great resources!
Having young children has certainly added excitement and brought the magic of Christmas back into our home! It has been fun to watch my husband get into the holiday spirit again with our girls too. Fun projects like this one can start family traditions and create memories that will last for years to come. I hope you are inspired by this simple little Christmas craft and by the amazing round-up of letters to Santa. May you also get everything on your list and have all your Christmas wishes come true. Happy Holidays, my friends! Xoxo, Cristina
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