Plain metal mailboxes can be so boring, so why not spruce yours up and make it the envy of your neighborhood? You can do much more than simply paint your box a different color.
Add flowers, a planting bed, or even totally make over your box with an outer shell, if you desire. The best and easiest way to really give your mailbox a new look is to add flowers to the area.
Of course, you’ll need to water and otherwise take care of these plants, but the results will be worth it. You’ll love your mailbox, and your mailman will never put your mail in the wrong box again! It’s nice to be memorable.
We’ve scoured the Internet to find some of the most creative ways to spruce up your mailbox with flowers and planters. You’re going to love these ideas.
We hope you’ll be inspired as well to take on one of these simple ideas and make it your own. Let’s get started!
1. Mini House Planter With Mailbox Door
Source: Home Depot
This lovely planter is shaped like a house, and fits right over a standard metal mailbox. The flag remains on the side, easily visible against the yellow paint. On either side of the actual mailbox are square planters that are filled with bright flowers and a wealth of greenery. If you’d like, paint the house to look just like yours, or get the kids to create a dream home!
2. Classic Urn Planter
If you prefer a less obtrusive, but just as pretty idea, add a large urn filled with bright flowers to the edge of your yard next to your mailbox. This is an excellent idea since you can easily move the flowers indoors during poor weather, or switch out the plants whenever you so desire.
3. Vintage Tin Mailbox
Find one of these cute, vintage tin mailboxes and use it to display flowers next to your door, or remove their purpose completely as a mailbox and attach them to a fence, patio, or anywhere else! Paint them a brand new, bold color, and plant shallow-rooted flowers in the mail holder. You’ll love the way they look!
4. Hollowed Out Mailbox
An old mailbox that’s no longer in use can have the center removed to make way for another planter. Choose a flowering plant that blooms brightly and grows wildly, so you get the biggest bang for your buck! (Or in this case, all your hard work!)
5. Mailbox with Planter and Attached Number
Or, you can opt for this style of planter, which attaches to the back of your current mailbox and also displays your house number! The section that holds your house number is hollow, and a perfect spot to plant some brightly colored beauties!
6. Vintage Mailbox Herb Garden
Source: Stoney Creek Furniture Blog
This is a great example of using a collection of simple vintage mailboxes to display a variety of your favorite flowers, or even create a vertical herb garden on a fence! We just love the combination of the metallic mailboxes with the delicate leaves!
7. Side by Side Mailbox and Planter
Source: Home Talk
Here’s another take on the mailbox planter, this time to the side and slightly behind the mailbox, with the house numbers attached to the top of the metal box. The landscaping inside of the box is pretty, yet subdued, so the house numbers aren’t obscured at all.
8. Wooden House-Shaped Planter Mailbox Cover
Source: By The Cottage Door
This adorable wooden house resembles a birdhouse, and has a special matching flag built right onto the side. The roof is empty and hollow, allowing you to plant your favorite flowers right inside. We love the selection of pink and purple petunias!
9. Vertical Mailbox Planters
Source: Nest Full of Eggs / Blogspot
If you’d like to use old mailboxes in a new way, try simply turning them on their end and filling the tops with a planter, or even use them as an umbrella holder. Rows of vintage mailboxes can make quite a statement in your garden.
10. Half-Circle Mailbox Planter
Source: Active Rain
This is a unique approach to the mailbox, with a C-shaped curve that holds a half-circle planter filled with large blooming flowers. The house numbers are secured to the back edge of the “C”, while the mailbox has a few decorative options of its own.
11. Mailbox Post Base Planter
Source: Backyard City
This is a quaint country way to add a planter to your mailbox without needing to weed around your precious plants. Simply construct a planter around the center post of your mailbox and fill it with soil and your favorite flowers! Paint or stain the wood to get a different look!
12. Stone Planting Bed
Or, you can do the same with a raised planting bed made out of edging stones. Add a few solar lights to keep your mailbox well lit in the early morning hours and evening. Add a little flourish of wrought iron to the bottom to dress it up just a tad more!
13. Washbin-Base Planting Bed
A third option is to mount your mailbox inside of an old wash basin or barrel, then use that as a basis for landscaping. The best part of the barrel is that you won’t need to worry about weeding your lovely planter! Pick brightly colored flowers to create an eye-popping display.
14. Hanging Baskets
For a more simple, easy to replace option, add a spot where you can easily and securely hang a simple hanging basket. This is a great way to add color to your mailbox without leaving it looking empty and dead during the colder months. Choose a more decorative basket to take this idea to the next level.
15. Metal Geranium Planter
Source: Jessica Flores
Here’s a second example of how you can transform an old mailbox into a tall planter. Geraniums are just perfect for this style since they tend to grow into leggy, dispersed plants if not kept close together by the planter. This is such an easy, cute project!