Mailbox Makeover.

Sandra L Warren
by Sandra L Warren
10 Materials
5 Hours
I apologize that I do not have all the steps of this project, I created it before I was invited to do my DIY's on here but I couldn't resist showing it off.
Plain black mail box.
I spray painted the entire box with the white paint (Rust-Oleum), let it dry and masked off the top portion in the design of the vw bus and painted the burnt orange engine paint.
I taped off around where I wanted the windows to be and painted them black then I sprayed some of the chrome paint into a dish and used a paint brush to add a chrome stripe just above the burnt orange paint then I spray painted the headlights and used clear gorilla glue to attach them. I cut the chain off the key chain and gorilla glued it to the front for the emblem. I used wooden shims to make the grill, gorilla glued it together and painted it with chrome paint. Using pieces of shim I made the side mirror bases and glued scrap pieces of metal rods to that and added sanded down smaller game pieces for the side mirrors.
I cut the black foam into the tires and pressed the hubcaps in and glued them. I couldn't add the tires until I attached the mail box to the post.
I drilled a hole into the flag and added a string so the mail man wouldn't have to reach around the side mirror to place the flag back down. I glued on the tires and added the name to the front of the box.
Suggested materials:
  • Rust-Oleum White spray paint   (Walmart $3)
  • VHT Engine metallic burnt orange paint   (Advance auto $7)
  • VW keychain (for front emblem)   (ebay $4)
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  • Wol12381723 Wol12381723 on Sep 29, 2017

    What size was the mailbox to begin with?

  • Linda Hopper Linda Hopper on Sep 12, 2018

    What kind of paint should I use on my mailbox? I am wanting to pain Frogs on it but I am afraid that the paint will peel off. Also, should I spray a sealant on it after?

    thanks so much... I love the VW

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 08, 2019

    Do you have a web page that I can get the instructions on how to make this step by step. Would love to make this for my youngest daughter for her birthday. She loves VW's

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  • Tihema Tihema on Nov 16, 2021

    Definitely will try to do this project awesome idea.

  • Sherry Sherry on Aug 09, 2022

    Where did you find the VW emblems? This will be a great gift!! Awesome idea

    • Adam Rackstein Adam Rackstein on Feb 20, 2023

      The front one looks like from a Keychain and the wheels are legit Centercaps,Amazon is your best