A Back To School Mailbox Organization Craft

It’s an exciting day here today.  My daughter starts full day Pre-K in uniform today!  Unfortunately I’m out of town for work so I didn’t get to do the whole first day of school pictures in person.  Thanks to technology though I was able to Facetime with her this morning.

Because school is starting I wanted to share an easy way to organize all of those school papers, projects, notes, and homework that are about to start coming home. A simple mailbox in a useful and functional space is a great way to corral all those items.

back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailboxWho better to help me with this project than the little lady that is going to be using it the most?  It’s always kind of fun to do crafts like this together.

Back To School Mailbox Materials

This back to school mailbox is super easy to make using things that you probably have around your house already.  Here are the things you’ll need to make your own school mailbox.

  • Cereal Box
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Stickers, Markers, Pom Poms, Confetti, Gemstones, anything kids would like to decorate with

back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailboxI used brown craft paper but it’s pretty thick and somewhat difficult to wrap very tightly.  So I’d recommend using traditional wrapping paper in a neutral color if you want the decorations to stand out.  Or use a fun patterned wrapping paper and add minimal decorations (perfect for a tween or teenager).

DIY Back to School Mailbox Instructions

1. First you’ll need to cut down your cereal box.  Cut the flaps off the top then make angular cuts on the small sides.  This allows the front to be shorter than the back. back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailbox2. Next you’ll wrap the cereal box.  I found it easiest to wrap the box as if you were wrapping a normal square box.

3. Then on the top or open side of the mailbox you’ll need to cut down into the corners of the box so that you can fold the paper over into the mailbox. Like the picture below.

back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailbox4. Once you’ve done that, fold the paper over into the box and secure with tape. Once it’s wrapped all the sides and most of the inside will be covered in paper.

back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailbox5. The fun part starts now!  This is where your little helpers can use their imagination to decorate the mailbox however they’d like.  We used a combination of Frozen stickers, markers, gemstones, pom poms,  and confetti.

back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailboxback to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailboxHere’s the finished product!

back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailboxback to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailboxOnce it had dried, because preschoolers use A LOT of glue, I put it in our mudroom.  This is the space where I’m hoping right after getting home from school, she’ll put all of her things away.

Her papers will go into the mailbox and she’ll unload her backpack into the closet and lunchboxes will go back in the pantry.  Here’s hoping!

This summer I really tried to work on my daughter’s independence.  I’ve been trying to get her to clean up her place after meals.  And now she’ll have putting her school things away on her list of “chores.”  Do your kids have chores?  What age did you start introducing chores?

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I hope this helps keep you organized at the start of school and all through the school year.  And I’m sure your kids will have fun decorating their little hearts out!

Here’s to back to school!

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Free Printable Watermelon Party Invitations

I’m wrapping up this watermelon week with some super cute free printable invitations.  We talked so much about how to invite the neighbors over and enjoy the end of summer with watermelon here and here.

Now you have a formal way to invite them!  And by formal, I mean a printable invitation that isn’t formal at all.

I'm wrapping up this watermelon week with some super cute free printable invitations. We talked so much about how to invite the neighbors over and enjoy the end of summer with watermelon here and here. Now you have a formal way to invite them! And by formal, I mean a printable invitation that isn't formal at all. watermelon party ideas, watermelon themed party invitations, party invites, watermelon party ideasI love the cute watermelon seeds all over this invitation.  The fun colors make me excited and cheery.  All you have to do is click here or the picture above to download and print your own invitation.

Then just fill in the information of when and where your party is.  Circle whether it will be a day or night event and then deliver!  There are a few extra lines to include an RSVP, location, or any other information about the party.  Maybe you want your guests to bring a watermelon themed dish or drink?  Include it in the invitation.

This type of invitation takes me back to when I was a kid and buying invitations at the store where you can write in all of the party information.  Plus, I can’t tell you how many times lately I’ve printed off invitations or other things only to find typos after their printed.  It’s frustrating to have to reprint them.  With this invitation you won’t have to worry about that.

Giving your neighbors an actual printed invitation makes your party extra special.  Plus, how exciting is it to receive actual invitations vice another Facebook request for an event?  I think we’ve gotten away from mailing notes, invitations, and letters.  This watermelon party invite, or any party invite is a way to get back to that.

One good thing about inviting your neighbors over though is that you don’t have to spend money on a stamp.  Just deliver to their front door!

My goal with a lot of things here at The Daily Hostess is to give you ideas that are simple to implement, but make your party extra special.  Something your guests will remember.  Doing those small little touches make people feel special, loved, and cared for.  If they feel loved they’ll come back to celebrate with you again.  Or better yet, invite you to a celebration.  Celebrating with others is so much better than not celebrating at all.

Take it from me, being on a work trip without much work, and lots of down time by myself is pretty boring.  It always happens this way doesn’t it?  I get excited to be kid free, and then a couple days in to a trip and I miss them like crazy.

All of that to say that I think you should invite your neighbors over for a fun end of summer party.  Enjoy the time together, it will make up for those times when you’re by yourself on a work trip and tired of being alone.  And eating watermelon like this or this is yummy so you should share it with others.

Don’t forget to download the invitation here or click on the picture below to print it out.

I'm wrapping up this watermelon week with some super cute free printable invitations. We talked so much about how to invite the neighbors over and enjoy the end of summer with watermelon here and here. Now you have a formal way to invite them! And by formal, I mean a printable invitation that isn't formal at all. watermelon party ideas, watermelon themed party invitations, party invites, watermelon party ideas

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little watermelon series.  And I hope your end of summer is memorable and fun!  I’ll be back next week with some back to school organization that your kids will love!

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Fresh and Fruity Summertime Watermelon Salsa

I’m back today with more watermelon fun!  This week is all about celebrating the end of the summer with the iconic summertime fruit, watermelon!  Earlier this week I shared a really easy watermelon drink recipe and today I’m going to share a delicious watermelon salsa recipe.  It’s so yummy!

watermelon recipes, watermelon salsa, summer watermelon ideas, salsa recipeI got the idea for this recipe from Reluctant Entertainer.  I just tweaked a few things to make it my own.

Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • zest from one lime
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups seeded and finely chopped watermelon
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • a handful of cilantro, finely chopped

watermelon recipes, watermelon salsa, summer watermelon ideas, salsa recipeTo make the salsa just dice everything up and mix it together for a refreshing and delicious watermelon salsa.

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Watermelon Salsa Recipe Notes

A couple recipe notes, the original recipe calls for basil, but I think every salsa needs cilantro, and lots of it!  I also think the recipe is sweet enough.  So I didn’t add any sugar or honey like the original recipe calls for.  Trust me you won’t need it with watermelon and mango.

watermelon recipes, watermelon salsa, summer watermelon ideas, salsa recipeAfter serving this with a big bowl of chips I realized it would be perfect over a piece of grilled fish.  One of the very first meals I made my husband before we were even really dating was a similar fruit salsa over grilled fish and rice.  So this salsa brings back some sweet memories for me.

I would also recommend using those hint of lime chips to serve with this salsa.  The lime will give the salsa a little extra zip!

watermelon recipes, watermelon salsa, summer watermelon ideas, salsa recipeThis is definitely a dish that needs to be eaten right away, the longer it sits the more the watermelon will release water and make the salsa turn into soup.  It shouldn’t be a problem though because it’s so yummy you won’t have any leftovers.

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watermelon recipes, watermelon salsa, summer watermelon ideas, salsa recipeI love the idea of bringing this to a neighborhood watermelon party.  Or just sit on your front porch and enjoy snacking on this salsa.  We tend to want a snack while watching our kids play in the street in the evening.  Thankfully we live in a cul-de-sac and all the neighborhood kids come out to ride bikes and play. Then the parents get to chat and now, snack!

Be sure to come back later this week to see the last thing you’ll need to host your own watermelon party.  Armed with these two recipes and what I’m giving you on Friday you’ll be hosting your party in no time!

 

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Summertime Watermelon Cooler Recipe

As promised (several weeks ago) I have a great end of summer watermelon recipe for you.  In fact this entire week is going to be all about watermelons!

watermelon recipes, watermelon smoothie, summer watermelon ideas, watermelon cocktailI’ve taken a good chunk of time off from blogging to enjoy the end of summer because August is full of work trips, back to school, and getting back into our routine.  When is the end of summer for you?  I feel like it came way to early this year!

There’s no better way to celebrate one last hurrah than with having a fun watermelon party!  I’ll be sharing several recipes with you this week and a fun invitation to share with neighbors and friends for one last porch sitting party of the summer!

Watermelon is a quintessential summer fruit so it’s only fitting!  First up this week is a super easy recipe.  I actually got the idea from the cutest little girl that wants to have her own cooking show.

watermelon recipes, watermelon smoothie, summer watermelon ideas, watermelon cocktailYou can check out Zoe sharing this recipe on In Zoe’s Kitchen here. I found this recipe a few summers ago when I was pregnant and it was so refreshing, so I’ve been making them ever since.  Her mom blogs over at The Miller Five and is an amazing photographer!

Refreshing Watermelon Cooler Recipe

watermelon recipes, watermelon smoothie, summer watermelon ideas, watermelon cocktailHere are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • cubed watermelon
  • limes or lime juice
  • club soda

watermelon recipes, watermelon smoothie, summer watermelon ideas, watermelon cocktailTo make this refreshing drink:

  1. Combine watermelon and lime juice in a blender or food processor, I use an immersion blender.
  2. Once it turns to liquid, pour into a glass or pitcher
  3. Add club soda for a refreshing bubbly drink
  4. Add a lime or more watermelon to garnish
  5. Enjoy!

watermelon recipes, watermelon smoothie, summer watermelon ideas, watermelon cocktailIt’s a super easy recipe, but it’s very refreshing!  Perfect for one of those last hot days of summer.  Or to serve to friends at one more bar-b-que before everyone is back to school and in their routines.

watermelon recipes, watermelon smoothie, summer watermelon ideas, watermelon cocktail I will say that this recipe is almost smoothie like and you can’t let the drink sit too long or all of the watermelon settles to the bottom, but I doubt that will happen because it’s too good not to drink right away!

And if you have any leftover they make easy popsicles when you pour it into a popsicle mold.  Yet another way to stay cool on those dog days of summer.

Do you think you’ll give this recipe a try?  If so, be sure to tag me on Facebook or Instagram!

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An Inspired Summer Peach Party

Are you ever inspired by what’s around you or in season?  Well, today’s peach party post (#alliteration) was most definitely inspired by it being peach season.  I love this time of the summer where you walk by the peaches in the grocery store and the smell makes you buy them.

I love a good peach and the best ones I’ve ever had come from not too far from us in Palisade Colorado.  If you ever have a chance to try a Palisade peach, do it!  I’m hoping this post inspires you to throw a peach themed dinner party, and if not at least go eat some peaches.

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I really wanted the peaches to be the star of the table, so this centerpiece is all peaches.  It’s also really easy to recreate.  The orange, yellow, and burgundy colors of the peaches are great so I mixed in some plums to bring out that burgundy color.  Just snip a couple of small branches from a bush or tree to add in some greenery to the centerpiece.

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peach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsThis double height fruit centerpiece concept would work for so many occasions too.  Pine cones around Christmas with holly or stalks of pine trees, apples in the fall, or mini pumpkins around Thanksgiving are all ways to use this idea year round.

I wanted to add in some more pink and (surprisingly) didn’t have any pink flowers around my house.  So I just made one with some tissue paper and tucked it into the peach centerpiece.

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Peach Party Place Setting

For the place setting I wanted to bring in some texture so I used my woven chargers.  These things have come in so handy.  I use them all the time.

peach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsThe gold flatware is also something I use a lot.  I think it totally dresses up this simple place setting.  And an added pink glass brings out the pink colors in the peaches and plums.

peach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorspeach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsIn place of a name card I added a peach right on top of the plate.  I did embellish the peach some orange washi tape on a skewer.  This would be a great way to add a name card though.  Skewering a piece of paper with your guest’s name written on it would be perfect.

peach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorspeach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsNow let’s talk about dining al fresco for a minute.  I love the look of a table set up in the middle of a lush green yard.  Unfortunately our yard isn’t flat enough for a table.  So we just use the patio with the green yard as our view.  If you do have a flat, green yard, I’d love for you to try a peach inspired dinner party out there.  I’d be so jealous!

peach party, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsEven if you don’t want to eat outside (hello, bugs!) maybe this simple tablescape has given you the encouragement you need to invite someone over and gather around a table for a meal.  And if you include peaches you can’t go wrong this time of year!

 

 

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Celebrating everyday!