Repurposed Mailbox Planter

3 Materials
2 Hours

I bought this mailbox from a friend of mine a couple of years ago and have used it all over my house... I've used it in my kitchen to hold utensils, in the bathroom to hold magazines and for Santa mail during the holidays. I love all the ways I've been able to use this mailbox around my house, but finally turned it into what I intended it for - this mailbox planter!

I started by cleaning my mailbox. I wanted to make sure there wasn't any dirt or debris on the mailbox that would prevent the spray paint from going on evenly.

Spray paint the mailbox.

Be sure to spray the bottom if you plan on hanging it on the wall.

I also spray painted inside the lid because it would be raised with the plants/flowers inside. Add as many layers as you need until you are satisfied with the color and let dry completely in between coats and when finished.

Since my mailbox is on the tall side, I needed a filler because I didn't want to fill the entire thing with soil. You can use plastic bottles or egg cartons to fill the mailbox.

Then I layered a paper towel to stop the soil from falling to the bottom.

Add your plants and you are ready to go!

The mailbox already comes with holes for hanging so that works out perfect!

You can cover with a clear sealer or leave as is.

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Holly Lengner - Lost Mom

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2 questions
  • Shannon
    on May 22, 2019

    Awesome idea. What kind of flowers did you use? They are so pretty and look great in the upcycled mailbox.

    • Shannon
      on May 22, 2019

      Thankyou Holly. I’m used to the larger head pansies. I’m thrilled to know what they are. Thanks again.

  • Phyllis Shook Forrest
    on May 22, 2019

    Any ideas how to repurpose a old regular curbside mailbox.

    • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
      on May 22, 2019

      You could use it as a planter also and make it look like flowers are spilling out the front or even have vines hanging out...

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