Since Angel is the only one in her class who attends school for half a day, I like to keep a good relationship with her teachers and often query them about what they are learning in school so that we can improvise and do some catching up at home.
During our last conversation, the teacher said "This month, we are learning about MEALS." I was like "Oh, meals sound awesome - breakfast, lunch and dinner." Then she said "No, not those meals, meals as in M-A-I-L-S." You know what, mails sound even more awesome to me.
Somehow, I wish for my girl to realise that despite the advances in technology and the invention of electronic devices like computers, tablets and smart phones, there is something heartfelt, unique and irreplaceable about handwritten letters. Writing out your feelings with a pen and paper somehow makes it more sincere, more touching and more genuine than typing it out on a keyboard. I hope she will always remember that and never think that letters are obsolete.
In this week's Creativity 521, we decided to make something very simple so that we can brighten up the day and give each other surprises by writing love letters - a DIY Post Box.
1) Empty box (Can be any cereal or biscuit box of your preferred size)
2) Red paper
4) Craft knife
5) Double sided tape / Sticky tape
8) Rubber band
9) Optional decorative materials - alphabet stickers, doilies, felt, paint markers etc
I added in an extra step here because I realised that after cutting the hole, there was space between the paper and the box around the rectangle. So I took thin strips of doubled side tape, meticulously inserted and stuck them around the rectangle between the paper and box, peeled them off using the craft knife and ta-dah, no more spacing and the hole looks much neater now. Alternatively, you can use a toothpick and a little glue to achieve this.
To attach the post box to her door, of course I used my all-time favourite, trustworthy, reusable adhesive - Blu-Tack. To remove the contents of the box, detach the rubber band from the brad at the bottom and the mail will fall out easily.
When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone important in your life?
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