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Camp Mail

Total Time Needed: 30 Minutes or less

We vacation at the same campsite every summer, and our neighbors there always prop a little mailbox at the edge of their turf (and always get loads of letters from our kids). Last year, we finally brought our own. Homemade or store-bought, a mailbox makes a delightful diversion, breeds goodwill among fellow campers, and offers plenty of secret-admirer mystery (even if it's usually just doting parents writing those love letters).


  • Lidded coffee can plus extra lid
  • Hammer and nail
  • Scissors
  • Brad fastener
  • Bungee cords
  • Pad and pen


  1. Use the hammer and nail to make a hole in the can's side about 2 inches above the bottom rim.
  2. Cut a rectangular flag from the extra lid, use the nail to make a hole in it near one end, and secure it to the can with a brad fastener (watch out for sharp edges).
  3. Use bungee cords to secure the can to a tree or post, and leave a pad and pen inside for jotting notes.