You've Got Mail: 11 Inventive DIY Mailboxes

Make your letter carrier do a double take with these 11 salvaged-material mailboxes that demonstrate real outside-the-box creativity.

  1. Autobot Box

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    Metal Mailbox

    This robotic creature was assembled from salvaged automotive parts. Its eye-catching orange color adds monstrous appeal and makes it impossible for the mailman to miss.

    1800recycling.com

  2. Wheely Great

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    Mailbox Bike

    A standard-issue mailbox can make a statement simply by being mounted atop a bike frame that has peddled its last mile. Spray-paint in cohesive colors to bring the structure together visually.

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  3. Uncorked Potential

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    Wine Barrel Mailbox

    This classic wine barrel brings some instant curbside class. The wooden sides allow it to be easily mounted to any post and will let it age like a fine wine.

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  4. Computer-Aided Communication

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    Repurposed Mac

    These days, most mail arrives virtually via computers and Wi-Fi-enabled devices, so it seems only fair that it should also arrive physically in a computer. This outdated Mac was converted into a distinctive mailbox that perfectly merges new with old. 

    photofunblog.com

  5. Whale Mail

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    DIY Mailbox

    Pliable metal flashing can be molded into a variety of shapes. With this whale of a job, the mail gets lodged in the belly of the beast.

    hongkiat.com

  6. Nice Jug

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    Milk Jug DIY

    A rustic milk jug mounted to a prefab bracket makes a charming country letter drop. This can-do style is easy for any antiquing enthusiast to achieve.

    beforeitsnews.com

  7. Pump It Up

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    Repurposed Water Pump

    Using an old water pump as a post for a mailbox will flood your yard with country charm. Keep the color a classic red to retain the vintage appeal.

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  8. On Tap

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    Repurposed Keg

    Embrace frat-house style by mounting an old beer keg on a simple wood post. Create a door and use the tap as a handle to access the interior. 

    morganhomeaccents.com

  9. Tanked Up

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    Scuba Tank DIY

    Dive into a custom mailbox project by reusing an empty scuba tank to create a unique curbside feature. Adding a mail flag may keep you from drowning in bills.

    waymarking.com

  10. Creative License

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    License Plate DIY

    Old license plates are built to stand up to harsh weather, so they are the perfect building blocks for a personalized, homemade mailbox.

    inhabitant.com

  11. Fill 'er Up

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    Unique Mailbox

    You won’t be getting any fuel from this roadside pit stop! A vintage gas pump outfitted with a letter box adds utility to a piece of Americana.

    1800recycling.com

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