The modern mailbox was invented in 1858, and today is a vital addition to every yard. However, the times have changed since then, and self-expression has become an important part of our lives.
No longer are we pioneers, favoring practicality above all else. The world has evolved. We have the freedom and resources to express ourselves in relative safety.
Some people choose to express themselves through the use of unique mailboxes. A specialized mailbox can help add personality to your yard. We’ll give you some examples of creative mailboxes in the paragraphs below.
1. Add Some Greenery
Flowers are a simple and popular way to spruce up your mailbox. They add color and flair to an otherwise simple design.
There’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to flowers, either. The types of flowers you want to use, and how you’re going to arrange them is all up to you. Some choose to put them at the base of the mailbox, while others include a small stand or flowerbox right next to or behind the mailbox.
There is one possible downside though. While flowers are an easy adjustment to make and keep up, it can cause problems during the summer.
Flowers survive and reproduce with the help of bees and wasps. While these creatures are useful, they can be terrifying to some. Fear of wasps, or Spheksophobia, is a very common fear.
While most of us aren’t cripplingly afraid of wasps, we do recoil at the sight of them.
If you happen to live in an apartment or are just looking for something different, you can always try a dropbox. A dropbox is a form of mailbox, often attached to a wall, with the lid at the top and the box below.
It’s an interesting way to make yourself stand out in a suburban setting. In apartments, they may be required, and the bad news is that it’s not as easy to decorate a dropbox.
You might still be able to put on stickers or maybe paint the box, but you’d need the permission of your landlord. Otherwise, your options are quite limited.
3. House of Letters
This design idea takes a substantial amount of work, but it might be worth it to have the most impressive mailbox on the block, and one of the most unique mailboxes out there. The idea is to turn your mailbox into a house, or at least a replica of a house.
However, you don’t necessarily have to make a house. Some have made small castles or other types of buildings. If you have a lot of time and happen to be a skilled craftsman, this may be the option for you.
4. Animal Mailbox
If houses aren’t your thing, you could always turn your mailbox into an animal statue. This still requires a fair amount of time and crafting ability, but perhaps not as much as a house design.
There’s no need to make every hair on a dog, for instance. Just get the shape of the legs, tail, and head, use the mailbox as the body, and then paint. When making animals, painting is going to be the most important skill, because most of the details are painted rather than carved.
This isn’t to say that you can’t be more detailed if you want, but it’s not required.
Also, don’t think that you have to stick to something traditional. Dogs and cats are fine, but no rule says you can’t make an alligator if you want. One person designed their mailbox to look like a squid.
5. Post Ideas
If you don’t want to mess with the mailbox itself, feel free to spruce up the post. People have turned the posts of their mailbox into trellises, or small ladder designs. Others have taken out the post and replaced it with something else, often stone.
While these are all neat options, they run into the issue of money or skill. Having a specialized post made can be very expensive, and making it yourself requires some artistic and crafting ability.
If you don’t want to craft, you can attach something interesting to the post, like an antique lamp or a ribbon. If you’re a hunter, you can try putting small antlers on the sides.
Sometimes, a coat of paint is all it takes to make something stand out. You can try using bright colors to catch people’s eyes. Others use creative designs to make their mailbox stand out.
You can even use them as a canvas and paint your masterpieces on them, or even someone else’s. After all, how would you react if you saw Starry Night on the side of someone’s mailbox?
If you’re more of a traditionalist, you might try putting on a fresh coat of paint. It’ll brighten up the mailbox without making any major changes.
Maybe you want a change of color, but nothing drastic. Try going from black to gray, or dark blue to purple. Sometimes the simplest things can make the biggest difference.
How to Create Unique Mailboxes
There’s no limit to the number of ways that you can create unique mailboxes. We’ve mentioned only some of the things people have tried in the paragraphs above, but there are plenty more out there. We encourage you to do more research on your own if you’re interested.
If you want to know more about mailboxes, especially commercial mailboxes, please visit our site. We can show you even more interesting ways to spruce up your mailbox.