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. Old Mailbox Planter Ideas
Old mailboxes repurposed into planters are a great way to beautify your garden. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 more 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 will need to 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.
4. Create A Letters To Santa Mailbox
5. Use An Old Mailbox As A Farmhouse Toilet Paper Holder
Stand your cute mailbox on end and open the lid to display rolls of toilet paper. This would be so cute in any vintage or farmhouse bathroom.
6. Use Old Mailboxes Repurposed As Garden Tool Storage
Place an old mailbox on a post or stump in your garden and store your handheld shovel, gloves, gardening twine, or any other small tools. The mailbox will keep them dry and everything will be right where you need it.
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.
10. Decorate A Party or Reception Table For Cards
Reception or birthday party tables look adorable with a clever way to collect cards from party goers.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about different ideas for mailboxes repurposed into new and beautiful things.