|Written by Dena Bolton|
Intro:┬á There your mailbox is hanging on the front of your house or on a post at the edge of the street. There is really nothing special about it. It does do its job, though.┬á You get mail in it.┬á You are able to receive mail.┬á Guess that's good enough. ┬á However, you can easily and inexpensively decorate your mailbox yourself and give it some pizazz, while turning it into a part of your overall outdoor decor.┬á There are several ways in which you can give your plain mailbox some personality.
Step 1:┬á Paint. Painting your mailbox is the most obvious thing to do to add some panache to its otherwise bland appearance. If you are the artistic type, paint designs that incorporate the overall look of your house and landscape. If you are not that artistic, you can paint your mailbox in different colors. For example, paint the front one color and the sides and top a complementary color.
Step 2:┬á Decals. Visit your local arts and crafts store for decals. These are self-sticking and can just be placed anywhere on your mailbox. You can choose a bird theme and purchase decals of hummingbirds, for example. If you like wildflowers, these can be found, too. Use your imagination.
Step 3:┬á Wraps. If you have one of those mailboxes on a post, there are light canvas wraps, which can be purchased. These wraps are just draped over the mailbox. Most are weighted down on the edges to keep the wrap in place. The real advantage to these wraps is that they come in a wide variety of designs and are easily changed. This means that you can change the look of your mailbox with the seasons and even with the holidays by buying different wraps for different seasons and holidays.
Step 4:┬á Plants. Once again, this is a good idea for the mailbox that is stationed on a post at the road. There are hangers available at many home improvement stores and nurseries, which are made specifically to fit over the back of the post with a pot on either side.
You can plant some of your favorite annuals and even plant different flowers for each season. If you do not have a green thumb, try choosing some life-like silk flowers. There are even some folks that put stuffed animals in the pots. Once again, use your imagination.
ÔÇóDo decorate your mailbox in such a way that it ties in with the overall look of your house. For example, you would not want to paint your mailbox in psychedelic colors if you live in an English Tudor-style house.
ÔÇóMake sure you get the right kind of paint for your mailbox. First, you want outdoor paint. Then you need to get either paint for metal if yours is a metal mailbox or for plastic if it is one of the plastic mailboxes.
ÔÇóMake sure that your address is still visible somewhere on your mailbox. Adhere or paint numbers on the post of a mailbox, which is at the street. If your mailbox is on your house, you can place numbers anywhere on the house next to the mailbox.┬á