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Creative Mailbox Pictures & Ideas

Updated on June 11, 2014

Fun, Creative Mailboxes, and ways to Spruce Up Your Mailbox

If you have a curbside mailbox, it's most likely the first thing people see when coming to your house for the first time. An ugly mailbox is an eyesore and an awesome mailbox is like an instant facelift for your house.

I'm posting inspiration, tips, and instructions on how to decorate your mailbox.

The Basics: Get some Numbers!

Before you start prettying up your box, first things first: put some numbers on it. Yeah, you might have numbers on your house, or painted on the curb, but a lot of times your friends, your mailman, your pizza guy, the Publishers Clearinghouse prize patrol...can't see the numbers from the street, and then they blow by your house, and then have to turn around, and it's just confusing for everybody all around. God forbid you ever need an ambulance. You don't want those guys wasting their time looking for numbers.

These vinyl clings are an attractive, inexpensive solution. The street name is a good addition, especially if your box is around the corner.

Need a Whole New Mailbox? - Here's some ideas

In general you have 3 sizes to choose from for curbside mailboxes: Standard (approx 6" wide x 8" high), Medium (approx 8" wide x 11" high) and Jumbo (approx 11" wide x 15" high, the ones you can fit an entire family of raccoons in).

I'm a mail carrier so I'm really biased toward the gigantic ones. They save us a lot of time if you get a lot of small / midsize packages, and they save your magazines from getting curled up. USPS guidelines state that your box has to be big enough for the carrier to put your typical day's worth of mail, so if you get a ton of mail or don't check it often, you should go bigger.

Plastic boxes are nice because they don't rust, but they can get warped and have door-closing issues. Steer clear of any box that uses a magnet to latch, and any square box. As someone who deals with a lot of mailboxes, it's my experience that these types have problems staying closed after a couple of years. A mailbox is supposed to be a set-it and forget-it deal...you should not have to mess with it every season.

Gibraltar TB1B0000 Tuff Body Galvanized Steel Post-Mount Mailbox,10 x 7.5 x 20.75-Inches,Black
Gibraltar TB1B0000 Tuff Body Galvanized Steel Post-Mount Mailbox,10 x 7.5 x 20.75-Inches,Black

A small but incredibly sturdy box. The Amazon commenters describe snow plows, baseball bats, etc hitting these with no problems. You can tell by the weight--this thing weighs 3x more than a normal mailbox of that size. It even has a metal flag, which is nice because plastic flags break off easily.

 
SOLAR GROUP MB515B Rural Mailbox, Medium, Black
SOLAR GROUP MB515B Rural Mailbox, Medium, Black

Plastic wide odd-size box, large enough for most magazines to lie flat

 
Gibraltar Parsons Medium Capacity Rust-Proof Plastic Black, Post-Mount Mailbox, PL10B0201
Gibraltar Parsons Medium Capacity Rust-Proof Plastic Black, Post-Mount Mailbox, PL10B0201

Very inexpensive plastic box, I've seen these in action and they do alright.

 

Amish Hand-Crafted Mailboxes

Unique, hand-painted boxes for people who don't want their mailbox to look like a mailbox. Do the Amish even get mail? I'm not sure. But these are really nice, and considering that they're all hand-made, in America, the price isn't too bad.

Tractor Mailbox - Green
Tractor Mailbox - Green

There's lots of tractor boxes out there but this one's the cutest

 

Fancy and Antique boxes

For those who gotta have the best-looking mailbox on the block

Windsor Cottage
Windsor Cottage

Beautiful Amish-made box.

 

Team Boxes

Every conceivable pro and college football team, now in mailbox form! They've got helmet-shaped boxes, matching posts, and removable covers for your existing box--for people who wanna get their life back after Superbowl.

Alabama Crimson Tide Helmet Style Mailbox
Alabama Crimson Tide Helmet Style Mailbox

A football helmet-shaped box, which can go either on a regular post or on a matching!! post. They got like every major team represented in these.

 
NFL Raiders Mailbox Cover
NFL Raiders Mailbox Cover

Mailbox cover for standard-size boxes. Even has the option to get a cute little matching flag

 
NFL Carolina Panthers Garden Flag
NFL Carolina Panthers Garden Flag

NFL team garden flag, this size fits right under a box.

 

Mailbox Garden Inspiration - Already got a sweet box? Dress it up this spring!

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Put the tallest plants closest to the post, then work your way out with smaller plants or groundcover. Vines are a great way to add flair. There's a reason clematis is so popular: it's hardy, it looks pretty, and it's a good climber. You'll have toLove this cute, low-maintenance, low-to-the-ground garden.Hate that the mailbox door is open! Ooooh it's making me itchy just looking at it!Love this wild gardenThis one's got hanging baskets attached--see below for some more hanging basket ideas. Hanging baskets are nice but they do need to be watered more than things planted in the ground.Rock "garden", no green thumb requiredBeautiful double-duty mailbox cover / planter that fits over existing mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100133552/mailbox-coverplanterBase that fits around existing mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/103568541/base-mailbox-planter
Put the tallest plants closest to the post, then work your way out with smaller plants or groundcover. Vines are a great way to add flair. There's a reason clematis is so popular: it's hardy, it looks pretty, and it's a good climber. You'll have to
Put the tallest plants closest to the post, then work your way out with smaller plants or groundcover. Vines are a great way to add flair. There's a reason clematis is so popular: it's hardy, it looks pretty, and it's a good climber. You'll have to
Love this cute, low-maintenance, low-to-the-ground garden.Hate that the mailbox door is open! Ooooh it's making me itchy just looking at it!
Love this cute, low-maintenance, low-to-the-ground garden. Hate that the mailbox door is open! Ooooh it's making me itchy just looking at it!
Love this wild garden
Love this wild garden
This one's got hanging baskets attached--see below for some more hanging basket ideas. Hanging baskets are nice but they do need to be watered more than things planted in the ground.
This one's got hanging baskets attached--see below for some more hanging basket ideas. Hanging baskets are nice but they do need to be watered more than things planted in the ground.
Rock "garden", no green thumb required
Rock "garden", no green thumb required
Beautiful double-duty mailbox cover / planter that fits over existing mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100133552/mailbox-coverplanter
Beautiful double-duty mailbox cover / planter that fits over existing mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100133552/mailbox-coverplanter
Base that fits around existing mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/103568541/base-mailbox-planter
Base that fits around existing mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/103568541/base-mailbox-planter

Easy Mailbox Garden - Use Planters

Sometimes your mailbox isn't the ideal planting location. Mine isn't--that part of the yard is all clay and rocks. Even weeds can't grow there. In that case, planters are a good solution.

If you're attaching planters directly to the mailbox, make sure your post is in good condition. All of these are rated by weight but they're assuming your post isn't halfway falling over.

Also, consider your nearest water source. If your mailbox is far away from your house, you don't want to plant hydrangas or something that's going to need to be watered a lot because it will get annoying. Anything in a pot is going to need to be watered more than something you put in the ground.

Think color! It's a small space, so don't be afraid to use a little color

Creative Mailboxes, in their natural habitat

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Engine squid thing mailbox.Okay, not a personal mailbox, but this R2D2 was too cute not to post.Your friendly neighborhood manatee!Good idea for the numbers. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63298893/raven-crow-2-mailbox-topper-metalSweet little VW Bus mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100757714/fire-orange-volkswagen-bus-mailbox-byMailbox + Planter. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100133552/mailbox-coverplanterCool hand-painted mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98259946/fun-funky-painted-mailboxModern vinyl decal mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62501000/custom-mailbox-address-vinyl-decal-with
Engine squid thing mailbox.
Engine squid thing mailbox.
Okay, not a personal mailbox, but this R2D2 was too cute not to post.
Okay, not a personal mailbox, but this R2D2 was too cute not to post.
Your friendly neighborhood manatee!
Your friendly neighborhood manatee!
Good idea for the numbers. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63298893/raven-crow-2-mailbox-topper-metal
Good idea for the numbers. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63298893/raven-crow-2-mailbox-topper-metal
Sweet little VW Bus mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100757714/fire-orange-volkswagen-bus-mailbox-by
Sweet little VW Bus mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100757714/fire-orange-volkswagen-bus-mailbox-by
Mailbox + Planter. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100133552/mailbox-coverplanter
Mailbox + Planter. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100133552/mailbox-coverplanter
Cool hand-painted mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98259946/fun-funky-painted-mailbox
Cool hand-painted mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98259946/fun-funky-painted-mailbox
Modern vinyl decal mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62501000/custom-mailbox-address-vinyl-decal-with
Modern vinyl decal mailbox. Where to get: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62501000/custom-mailbox-address-vinyl-decal-with

Maybe the Best Mailbox is Not a Mailbox At All

You know what I mean?

Don't let The Man tell you what is and is not a mailbox. I probably wouldn't use that tube thing because it doesn't have a door and your mail can get rained on / stolen by birds, but that's just me.

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    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice, I like your ideas, some mail boxes leave a lot to answer for, it's a wonder the mail stay in them.

      Just a little Rocket Squid tip, Please credit your photos even if they are your own. Have a nice day.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I love the mailbox covers! I've never heard of them before but they're such a great idea! Fantastic job on this lens with amazing pictures and content.

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      Bob 4 years ago from Kansas City

      Great ideas... our Mailbox needs to be replaced, and I had no idea there were so many options!