Creative Mailbox Pictures & Ideas
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.
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.
Plastic wide odd-size box, large enough for most magazines to lie flat
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.
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
Need a patina fast? Why wait?
Beautiful Amish-made box.
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.
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.
Mailbox cover for standard-size boxes. Even has the option to get a cute little matching 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!Click thumbnail to view full-size
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 habitatClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.