Whether you’re a homeowner wanting some way to spice up the outside of your home, an artist seeking a way to advertise their craft, or just somebody looking to make something unique for their Instagram, creating and decorating your own one-of-a-kind mailbox is a surefire way to cause your home to stand out from the rest. In this article, we will go over ten creative mailbox ideas that you might interesting and inspiring.
License Plate Design
Matching Your House
Matching Your Car
What Makes A Mailbox ‘Creative’?
That is a good question. There are many, many ways to make your house stand out from the others on the block: creatively-shaped hedges, brightly-colored paint on your house’s facade, or even interesting lawn ornaments and decorations. But perhaps one of the most interesting ways to make your home stand out is with creative mailbox ideas.
Perhaps it could simply be a common mailbox painted a bright color, or covered in a visually striking pattern. It could have a simple planter laid out around it to set it apart, or it could be something that more custom in nature. Your mailbox is often the very first impression a visitor has of your home, so having something colorful, rich and unique can help give the impression that the owner is unique too.
Should I Make A Creative Mailbox?
Certainly. If you own a home, having a unique mailbox can help make your home stand out from the neighbors. And if you’re a talented or handy individual, making your own unique mailbox can be an excellent learning experience.Having a unique mailbox can also serve as a way of allowing you to advertise your hobby or express your creative side.
For example, if your hobby is woodworking or metalworking, you could create a work of art in the form of a artistic yet functional mailbox. Or if you like gardening for instance, you can incorporate flowerpots and planters into the design of your mailbox. As mailbox ideas go, you have the world to choose from.
The Creative Mailbox Ideas That Caught Our Eye
If you’re the kind of person that goes on yearly vacations, then creating or decorating your mailbox to look like your favorite vacation destination could be a good idea. Whether it’s Malibu or Bermuda, painting your mailbox to resemble you favorite summer spot can be an excellent idea. You could also incorporate landmarks into the design of your mailbox. For example, the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Another idea regarding a vacation-themed mailbox is activities one might do on that vacation. One good example of this would be a scuba tank fashioned into a mailbox, or a mailbox made to resemble a cruise ship. Both of these might be ideas worth considering.
As mailbox ideas go, an animal motif for your mailbox is a favorite of ours. And as such ideas go you have an incredible amount of variety and freedom to choose from. One good idea for pet owners especially is to model their mailbox after their beloved household pet. You don’t have to stick to household pets either, as the Animal Kingdom has a wide variety of animals to choose from if you want to go this route. One of the unique mailbox ideas we saw was a mailbox made out of pliable metal flashing shaped into a whale.
There are other mailbox ideas in this category in regards to animals. An oversized statue of a dog holding the mailbox in its mouth for example. Alternatively, a giraffe design with its head being the mailbox and its neck and body being the support. Yet another good example that we have seen was a statue of a manatee clutching a mailbox in its front flippers.
One last and final mailbox design we can think of is that of an octopus or squid clutching a mailbox in its tentacles. This last one might be a good choice if you’re looking for something ocean or nautical-themed for your mailbox. Arguably, animal motifs might be the easiest to implement in terms of creative mailbox designs.
When it comes to the Holidays, there’s often no better way to celebrate your seasonal cheer than by decorating your mailbox for the yearly occasion. With that said, there are plenty of ideas for you to consider when it comes to personalizing and decorating your mailbox. One caveat to keep in mind here is that as the Holidays are seasonal, so to should be whatever decorations you settle on. One approach you could consider using is to choose a mailbox of a given theme or style from this list and then decorate it appropriately.
For instance, take the manatee example as outlined in the Animal Design idea above. This author saw pictures of said manatee wearing not only a Santa Claus outfit for Christmas, but a Pilgrim outfit for Thanksgiving and a spooky and googly-eyed Ghost costume for Halloween. So with this said, think of the Holidaysas a way to add ‘flair’ to your already-existing mailbox.
In regards to flair and decorations, the holidays are as good a time as any to add that special cheer to your mailbox. To start off with, Halloween is a good time to decorate your mailbox. If you have planters or flower pots around your mailbox, one good tip is to decorate those planters with Jack-o-lanterns, in place of the flowers and plants that would have likely died off in the fall months.
You can even decorate your mailbox with all sort of spooky Halloween-themed decorations; scary ghosts, witches riding broomsticks, pretty much whatever your imagination can conceive of. For Thanksgiving, consider using regular pumpkins, gourds, and hay bales stacked around your mailbox as a way to show the seasons changing from fall to winter.
Finally, Christmas is also a good time to decorate your mailbox. As with the rest of your home, consider wrapping Christmas lights around your mailbox to help accent it with the Holiday cheer. Another idea is to use garland and even Christmas ornaments. One final idea that comes to our minds is to use snow to help you decorate your mailbox: a fun idea would to be pile and shape shoveled snow around your mailbox, using it to sculpt a temporary decoration. For instance, think of a snowman with a mailbox in its gut, and you’ll have a good idea of what we are suggesting here.
Are you a fan of craft breweries, or just like purchasing beer by the keg? If so, than you might be tempted to transform your passion into a functional piece of artwork. One good mailbox idea we have found involves cutting open and gutting a typical beer keg and transforming it into a working mailbox. A good idea for something you might normally consider to be scrap metal after imbibing its contents.
A similar and directly-related idea involves making your personalized and custom mailbox out of one or more wine casks. Like with kegs above, using wine casks or barrels to make your personalized mailbox from can be a good idea if you are like wines or spirits. And being made of wood, they would be an easier material to work with and will easily weather the elements.
If you are feeling particularly creative or adventurous, then a good idea you can do with your mailbox is to transform it into a robotic sculpture. There are many examples to work from in fiction: one of our favorite pictures involves a functional mailbox shaped Bender from Futurama.
There are of course other points of inspiration. Transformers from the franchise of the same name might be one such point. Alternatively, you could aim for a more niche television show or movie on which you might base your mailbox. Or, you could simply forego such derivative works and try your hand at making something original. Sheet metal and scrap automotive parts can make good building materials for making a robot-themed mailbox.
License Plate Design
A building material you might not have considered when deciding to create your custom and one of a kind mailbox are old license plates. When you consider that license plates are meant to stand up to harsh weather, it of course makes sense that they would be excellent for making a personalized mailbox. Two things you can try doing with license plates is sort of ‘plating’ your mailbox with them, or if you have sufficient materials you could build an entire mailbox from scratch. No matter what you do, the result is sure to draw attention to the mailbox itself.
Another good addition to the list of creative mailbox ideas is a custom mailbox carved from wood. Wood as a building material is plentiful and easy to obtain, as well as easy to work and shape with the right tools. If your trade or hobby is carpentry, it could be a good way to advertise your work and to show it off. It would also demonstrate your skill and degree of craftsmanship, and your dedication to your craft. Even if you aren’t a carpenter, having such a piece commissioned would make a great addition to your yard and home.
There are many, many ideas and designs when it comes to hand-carved anything, not just your mailbox. To start with, you might consider some sort of fanciful, hand-carved sculpture. Some of the more impressive works of art can be called exactly that; works of art that are worthy of an art gallery. One of the more impressive sculptures this author has seen has been of a giant hand reaching up from the earth to crush a mailbox in its giant grip.
Matching Your House
Another humorous idea we’ve seen in regards to creative mailbox ideas for your home is to make the mailbox itself look like your home. At first you might be wondering why anyone would want such a thing. However, it’s actually a brilliant idea after consideration. Having your mailbox be by design a miniature version of your home shows exactly which house it belongs in front of, and therefore to whom it belongs. Regardless, a mailbox shaped like your house can be a fun little DIY project for the weekend.
Matching Your Car
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In the same design category as the mailbox that matches your house, a mailbox that matches your car is also a good idea. For car lovers this could be a good idea as it allows you, the homeowner, to show how much they like their daily driver. Also like the house mail box above, it too can be fun DIY project that allows you to show off your car in a way you might not have thought of.
Foregoing the trappings of civilization and the suburbs, building a custom mailbox around a nature theme can be appealing. When it comes to good custom mailbox ideas, this one ranks high on our lists. Because the trappings of nature offer a wide variety of ideas and inspiration, you might be tempted to go wild, no pun intended.
One good idea that comes to this writer’s mind is using driftwood to fashion a mailbox from. Found along creeks and riverbanks and on seashores, driftwood is plentiful in nature. And with the right knowledge and expertize it can be worked as a building material. Another good idea that comes to mind is fashioning a mailbox from a single large branch, resting the mailbox portion in the crook between two branches.
When it comes to creating and personalizing a mailbox for your home, there are a ridiculous number of ways to go about it. Whether it’s a sculpture of a robot or an animal, a nature themed design or a miniature version of your house or car, you have plenty of ideas to work from. With that said, we hope that this list of ideas can help get your creative juices flowing.