Decorative Mailbox

Set the street side tone for your home and add some simple DIY curb appeal with a decorative mailbox using ModPodge and fabric or special papers.
Mine features Mackenzie-Childs giftwrap and Richloom outdoor fabric on an oversized rural-sized mailbox.
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Select your cover materials and cut to size, paying attention to the pattern for best placement. If you're using paper, spray each side with a couple of light coats of varnish to add body and minimize wrinkles. Let dry between coats. It will still wrinkle, but this will help!
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Apply the decoupage medium, and carefully place your fabric or paper, smoothing as you go. Let dry.
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Give everything a good coat of Outdoor ModPodge. Let dry.
(ONE YEAR LATER: I would revise these directions so that you top coat the paper with MP, but use spray varnish to seal in the fabric. The MP gets cloudy after exposure to weather. )
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Add trim or other accents as desired. Let dry for 72 hours.
ADD A PROTECTIVE COAT or two OF OUTDOOR VARNISH to the entire finished mailbox, then show your style curbside!
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  • Mer33674279
    on Jul 14, 2018

    I want to do this so much, yes! I just need to be sure does the post office have any regulations about decorating like this technique? Don't want to have them make me change it, ugh. Also how could / where should I put the numbers - and what is a good suggestion for numbering on this sort of decorative idea? I love it!!!

    • Mer33674279
      on Jul 16, 2018

      Good idea- Thanks! Okay, I definitely will call them (and do the, ha, long "wait-line" via phone vs. the long "wait-line" in person, ugh!) and make inquiry. I'm guessing in advance that it'll be interesting to see what they say; because apparently different areas (and different carriers!) sort of most likely go by different regulations ( or interpretation of restrictions).

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  • Anita Gian
    on Sep 24, 2017

    I just decorated my faded painted mailbox outside. I used pre-cut Wallies and brought a bucket of water and some paper towels with me. After a couple hours I sprayed with clear coat. It is a sunflower motif, so I'm just hoping for a couple of months until the Christmas swag I put on it. I think I will cover it with wrapping paper or fabric first after seeing this post. Mad for plaid after watching Outlander!

  • Kane Carmody
    on Aug 1, 2018

    When its installed, throw Post Shields on the bottom. That will help keep the whole piece looking great!

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