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Old Mailbox Ideas

There’s something nostalgic about old vintage mailboxes and I love the idea of old mailboxes repurposed to continue to enjoy them. I can picture them lining old dusty roads and envision the things and the people they’ve seen. I have some creative repurposed mailbox ideas for you so you can enjoy that old mailbox you’ve had sitting around for a while.

I hope one of these old mailbox ideas will work for you. There are a number of different ways to use old mailboxes. I love a DIY with repurposed items. Enjoy!

1. Use Old Mailboxes Repurposed As Garden Tool Storage

Place an old mailbox on a post or stump in your garden and store your garden tools inside. The mailbox will keep them dry and everything will be right where you need it.

2. Old Mailbox Planter Ideas

repurposed old mailboxes with flowers

Old mailboxes repurposed into planters are a great way to beautify your garden or outdoor area. They can be secured to a post and planted with flowers to create a pretty use for old mailboxes.

We made this one and used garden grow bags as the planter. They are soft and come in varying sizes so it makes it easy to push the bag inside.

We added a dripline coming up through the bottom of the old mailbox and into the bag so the flowers are watered with our automatic timer.

The mailbox is secured to a 4 x 4 post and we also secured it to the horizontal board on the fence for added security. You can also set the mailbox on top of an old tree stump.

I’ve also seen people completely cut the top of the mailbox out and plant flowers directly inside rather than cascading out of the door. These are three great old mailbox planter ideas for the garden. Add several to create an entire mailbox garden.

3. Repurpose A Mailbox As A Vase

My mom and I found this awesome old mailbox at a vintage fair that’s held in our town. This DIY mailbox vase looks so pretty in her home. Set a real vase down inside and use either real or faux flowers for a pretty way to reuse an old mailbox.

You can also find old mailboxes at flea markets, in vintage or thrift stores, or garage sales.

4. Use an Old Mailbox to Make A Birdhouse

Cut a hole in the front of an old mailbox and add a perch to the front to create a cute birdhouse. This DIY mailbox idea is one of my favorites and we’re on the hunt for more mailboxes to add to various areas of the yard. I love these birdhouse perches because they double as a predator guard.

To make a birdhouse out of an old mailbox, you’ll need to cut a hole in the door using a hole saw or a jigsaw. The edges must be filed down with a metal file so they are no longer sharp. Alternatively, you can remove the metal door and cut a wood door that fits in the opening.

5. Create A Letters To Santa Mailbox

Letters To Santa Using An Old Mailbox
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6. Use An Old Mailbox As A Farmhouse Toilet Paper Holder

Stand your cute vintage mailbox on end and open the lid to display rolls of toilet paper. This would be so cute in any vintage or farmhouse bathroom.

7. Mailbox Garden Art

Paint your old mailbox to create colorful outdoor garden art. This would be a fun project for your kids or grandchildren to decorate and have as a memory forever.

8. Use A Mailbox as a Breadbox

Paint your mailbox to match your home decor and set it on the counter to store bread.

9. Use Them to Hide Junk Mail

Who says a mailbox has to be outside? A cute old mailbox placed indoors is a great place to store your mail in the house.

Set one on an entry table and use it as part of your home decor and hide your mail inside.

10. Decorate A Party or Reception Table For Cards

Reception or birthday party tables look adorable with a clever way to collect cards from partygoers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about different ideas for mailboxes repurposed into new and beautiful things.

Before you go, don’t forget to check out my DIY Outdoor Gnomes and my DIY Outdoor Table that is so cheap to make and it’s lasted us for years!

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