A badly maintained mailbox makes a bad first impression.

Mailbox Planter Projects

by Mara Dolph

Mailboxes can say a lot about a home and the people who live there. Because they are placed by the curb or right in the front of the house, they are often one of the first things that people notice when they visit. Having an attractive mailbox adds a lot of curb appeal to a property and thus makes a good impression. Encourage your family members to help you create a warm and inviting mailbox planter.

Back Planters

One way to add flowers to a mailbox is to build a mailbox stand with a small rectangular planter on the back of it or take an existing mailbox and attach a planter to the back of it. For a mailbox with a planter on the back, build a mailbox stand shaped like a T. On top of the horizontal part of the T, attach the mailbox. On the other side, attach a small wooden planter box, making sure that it isn't too big for the stand. If the mailbox stand is shaped like an upside down L, attach the flat planter to the back of it with nails or screws.

Hanging Planters

Another way to attach a flower planter is to use a hanging basket under the stand. If the stand is wooden and has either a 'T' or 'L' shape, screw a hook into the wood under either the mailbox itself, under the back of the horizontal part of the T or both, and hang an attractively planted hanging basket underneath it. For metal mailboxes, use a weatherproof outdoor adhesive to glue a strong plastic or metal hook underneath the mailbox and hang the basket on there. Alternatively, use metal screws to attach a hook. Check how sturdy and secure the mailbox stand is first, because hanging baskets are heavy.

Raised Bed Planters

If attaching a planter to the mailbox isn't an option, it is possible to create a small raised bed around the mailbox and plant flowers there. The bed should be about 2 to 3 square feet. Raised beds can be made out of anything from cinder blocks to wood planks. For a small bed like this one, 2x4 wood boards, bricks or cobblestones are better options. Lay out the materials in a square around the mailbox, fill it with soil, and plant flowers in an attractive arrangement, making sure that neither the bed nor the plants block access to the mailbox.

Using Old Mailboxes as Planters

For a different and fun project, consider using old mailboxes as planters and arranging them around your current mailbox. The easiest way to do this is to punch drainage holes in the bottom, stand the mailboxes on end and plant flowers in the door opening. Another option is to keep the door of a mailbox closed and punch drainage holes on the bottom of the mailbox. Cut a large hole in the top of the mailbox. Plant flowers in this hole.

About the Author

Mara Dolph is a career outdoor educator and conservation biologist. She holds a BA in the Biological Aspects of Conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a graduate certificate from the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation program at Columbia University. She has been a writer for six years, and has contributed articles for "Outdoors in NYC."

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