Is it time for a mailbox upgrade? Don’t throw away that old mailbox. A traditional style mailbox works for several different creative projects for the home. Here are some ideas to get you inspired for your mailbox makeover.
Move your mailbox from its current spot to a spot closer to your garden. There it can serve as an enclosed garden storage unit. It won’t hold much, but it will be large enough to hold some tools, gardening gloves and other small items. The mailbox keeps these small items out of the rain and sunshine so they last longer. Plus they are convenient when you place the mailbox right near the garden. Drive a sturdy post into the ground and mount the mailbox on it. You can even give the mailbox a custom paint job to match the theme of your garden.
Another outdoor use for an old mailbox is as a planter. Turn the mailbox upright so the opening faces up. You can place the mailbox directly on the ground or put it on a table or plant stand. Paint it a bright color if desired. The easiest option is to find a flower pot that fits just inside the opening of the mailbox. Plant the flower in the pot and place it in the mailbox so the flowers stick out the top.
Planning a wedding, shower or birthday party? An old mailbox is a cute option for a card holder at the event. It’s the perfect size to hold the card envelopes. Decorate the mailbox to fit the color scheme and style of the event. You can spray paint the mailbox so it fits the color scheme. Add ribbons or flowers to decorate the mailbox.
Another option for the mailbox is to bring it indoors as a decoration. Dried or artificial flowers work well as decorations in the mailbox. Turn the mailbox upright and fill it with tall grass-like artificial flowers. In the winter, fill it with pine boughs that stick upright out of the mailbox. Add pine cones, bows and other accents to complete the look.
Home Mail Center
Another indoor use for an old mailbox is to create a home mail center. Use the mailbox to hold mail that you need to sort through or bills you need to pay. Or make it a place where family members can leave notes for each other. Leave a stack of blank cards and envelopes near the mailbox. When a family member wants to write a message to someone else, they use the cards and place the addressed envelope in the mailbox.