The Perfect DIY Alternative to Elf on a Shelf

I have been waiting to share this project post with you since the summer! haha! I came up with a really fun and perfect DIY Alternative to Elf on a Shelf. It also combines the concept of an Advent Calendar too. I don’t know how the idea came to be – but I’d been on the hunt for an old mailbox for months. I found this old metal one at the thrift store back in June and held onto it just for this craft!

Here are the supplies I used to transform this mail box!

First thing I did was dust it and give it a coat of primer and then two coats of white chalk style paint. Then it was just about embellishing it! I used my jigsaw to cut the shape of an envelope and painted it red. I glued it with my cordless glue gun.

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out Believe and the little fairy as well as the stars. I used a combination of black adhesive vinyl and silver to add a bit of fun!

Then I hung it up on the wall close to the front door. LB is way too little to understand Christmas this year, but my hope is this mailbox will become a holiday tradition for us. I’m not really that into Elf on a Shelf. I find it a bit creepy. So the idea with the mailbox is that Christmas Fairies will deliver a myriad of things leading up to December 25th on any day of the week. 

This will allow our family from away to send small treats like hair clips and chocolates or small puzzles and toys to be left ‘by the fairy’. And it will also be a place for LB to leave her letter to Santa. HELLO! The BEST way to make sure I know what’s on her list! (God I hope she doesn’t read this post before she knows the truth… YIKES)

I love love how this project turned out and I’m quite chuffed that I found time to get it done this year with everything else we have on the go. It was important to me to start something special for LB around the holidays. I’m such a sap like that 🙂 

I’ll be updating my InstaStories throughout the lead up to Christmas with the treats that land in the mail box – so make sure you’re following me on Instagram to catch all the fun 🙂

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One thought on “The Perfect DIY Alternative to Elf on a Shelf

  1. Love this! I enjoy watching families share Elf photos when the whole family enjoys it, but I always liked having something that was personally special. Two of Santa’s elves, Krystal & Kelly, have been visiting me for more than 30 Years (they now visit my kids, mostly, and over the years have visiting children I babysat for). You never know when they’ll show up, and you never see them. Sometimes they leave a note, other times a small treat, and occasionally a gift from them lands in santa’s sleigh & makes its way under the tree. Your daughter is sure to love her fairies!!

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