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Upcycled Mailbox Planter

I love repurposing things I already have and turning them into something better. Check out how I reused an old mailbox and turned it into an upcycled mailbox planter!

Upcycled Mailbox Planter

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When I first moved into my house many many years ago, there was an old mailbox next to the front door. I’m assuming the lady that lived in the home before had planted flowers in it since it was full of dirt. And spider webs.

We took the mailbox down a while back and it just laid around collecting dirt and dust. I wanted to do something with it, but I wasn’t sure exactly what. I wanted to paint it, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go bold or stick with black.

After thinking about this poor abandoned mailbox for weeks, I finally decided what I wanted to do with it.

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Upcycled Mailbox Planter

You can see how badly the mailbox needed cleaning up. It had a few spider webs along the top and it was quite dusty and dirty.


The first thing I did was clean the mailbox up really well. I only used soap and water for cleaning the mailbox this time because it wasn’t horribly bad. Then I wiped it off with a dry cloth and let it sit out in the sun to dry.

Clean the mailbox

After the mailbox was dry I gave it a coat of black spray paint. I used Rust-Oleum spray paint in black for this upcycled mailbox planter since it is going to stay outside.

Black Spray Paint

Just one coat did the trick since the mailbox was already black to begin with.

It may look a little strange in the picture because we have a wire hanging from a board under a porch that we hang stuff on to spray paint. This works so well because then you don’t have to keep turning your project if it’s laying down.

However, it’s not such a good idea when the wind is blowing. But then again spray painting in the wind isn’t a good idea, either.

Trust me.

Paint the mailbox

My husband placed the upcycled mailbox planter near our front door with screws so it would stay. Then I had the fun part of decorating it.

Upcycled Mailbox Planter

The flowers and greenery I used are all from Dollar Tree. This side of the house doesn’t get much sun and since it’s technically still winter, I didn’t want to plant real flowers yet. Maybe in the spring.

Upcycled Mailbox Planter

I added a tiny grapevine wreath with a bow to the bottom of the upcycled mailbox planter because I thought it needed something extra.

Grapevine Wreath Decoration

Do you like to upcycle things you already have? What’s your favorite project that you’ve upcycled?

See all of my DIY’s here.

If you liked this project, you might love my Kirkland’s knockoff farmhouse mason jar vase!

Farmhouse Mason Jar Vase
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Upcylced Mailbox Planter

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. This is such an awesome idea.

    1. Thank you so much!

  2. Cool idea Michelle!!! I’ll surely try it!!!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  3. This is DARLING!

    1. Thank you so much!

  4. This is beautiful! You did a great job. I pinned this to try later this spring. Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  5. Well, that was a good idea. I might have to try that when I find an old mailbox.

    1. Thank you! I’ve seen them a few times at Goodwill and our local habitat store. I hope you can find one! πŸ™‚

  6. Superiority!!! Super idea and the flowers are very beautiful, so tender.

    1. Thank you so much!!

  7. That’s really pretty! I am ready for spring! πŸ™‚ God bless!

    1. Thank you so much! I am ready for spring, too! πŸ˜€

  8. I LOVE this! What an adorable way to reuse an old mailbox. I love the way your mind works πŸ™‚

    I chuckled when I read, “Then again, spray painting in the wind isn’t a good idea either. Trust me.” I could see previous lessons learned offering us this gem of wisdom! πŸ˜€

    The grapevine wreath is adorable too. Beautiful job as always my friend! πŸ’ž

    1. Thank you so much! Haha!! I sure have learned quite a few lessons while using spray paint. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I hope you’re feeling better!!! πŸ€—

  9. cdloken says:

    Love this re-purpose! Such a cute idea!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  10. What a great way to re-purpose the mailbox. It looks so cute on your home. Great inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much!

  11. What a clever idea Michelle, you’re so creative and this looks so beautiful. Love it. xo

    1. Thank you so much!!

  12. This looks so pretty by your door. I love how you added the wreath to it as well. It will be fun to switch things up over the holidays too. I see pumpkins, Easter and Christmas greetings in that pretty little mailbox in the future.

    1. Thank you! It will be fun to switch it up for different seasons and holidays. Now you’ve got me excited for the upcoming holidays!

  13. Adorable! That’s a really clever idea <3

    1. Thank you so much!!

  14. Simply amazing! I would never have thought of this! It’s a really cute, and resourceful, idea! πŸ’•

    1. Thank you so much!!

  15. Love that old mailbox! I love vintage things and that’s a beauty! You made it look great again!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m hoping it lasts for many more years. πŸ™‚

  16. Great idea!!

    1. Thank you so much!

  17. Such a cute idea! I can’t wait for spring here in Pa!!

    1. Thank you!! I can’t wait, either. It was feeling like Spring and now we’re expecting snow tomorrow. πŸ™„

  18. You are so clever! And you have an eye for beauty, which is such a gift. I agree, that old mailbox had charm, but I would never have imagined upcycling it into a planter like that. Kudos to you and your husband!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  19. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    How pretty, nice job on it! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 9 where I comment on and share on social media if share option is available, open February 1 to 26. My themed party 11 for Handcrafted Jewelry is open February 15 to 25 if you have any appropriate posts.

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  20. Michelle, your creative spirit continues to enlighten all of us. This idea produced exceptional results. This adds a special touch of home to all visitors.

    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot to me!

  21. Michelle, this is so cute and creative. I would probably change out the (artificial flowers) with the seasons, so I wouldn’t have to keep close watch over it, and just enjoy the cheery accent. Blessings! β™₯

    1. Thank you so much! Changing the flowers out with the seasons is such a good idea. I’m sure that’s what I’ll end up doing, too. πŸ™‚

  22. Chloe Crabtree says:

    What a sweet way to add some bright color to your entryway! This is a delightful upcycle of a worn out old mailbox!

    1. Thank you so much!

  23. Beautiful…

    1. Thank you!!

  24. How pretty Michelle!

    1. Thank you so much!

  25. christinafayerepurposed says:

    You had me at “repurpose”! It turned out beautiful Michelle. My mom would adore this, she loves her flowers! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! You should do this for her. πŸ™‚

  26. Michelle this mailbox looks brand new and I love the way you totally repurposed it for the flowers. It looks so good! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much!!

  27. You have really creative ideas. Do you do this primarily for yourself, or do you make things for other people?

    1. Thank you so much! As of right now all of these projects have been for me. I do crochet for others, though. πŸ™‚

  28. A clever idea for upcycling and it turned out so pretty! I pinned it onto two different Pinterest boards. Here from Tuesday Turnabout.

    1. Thank you so much! And thank you for pinning! That means a lot to me!

  29. That’s beautiful, Michelle. Excellent work and so creative!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  30. You did an amazing job! This looks so pretty, I think the wreath is a beautiful touch too x


    1. Thank you so much!

  31. So so pretty, I love a good upcycle. This will be one of the features at Handmade Monday next week – yay! πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much!!! That just makes my day! πŸ™‚

  32. You are always amazing, at how you recreate things and make it as good as new. Keep it coming!. ❀

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

      1. You are welcome. ❀

  33. Love this! How fun!!

    1. Thank you so much!

  34. This is adorable. What a great idea, so versatile for all seasons. Thanks for the idea.

    1. Thank you! It’s great for seasonal and holiday flowers. πŸ™‚

  35. Beautiful upcycle! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s, you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

    1. Oh wow!! Thank you so much!!!!

  36. Great upcycle, Michelle! It’s a unique alternative to a wreath. Congrats! You’ve been featured this week at Celebrate Your Story!

    1. Thank you so much! Also, thank you for the feature! That means a lot!

  37. I love your creativity and the fact that this is repurposed- looks so pretty!

    1. Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  38. What a cool idea 😍 You are a genius πŸ’‘

    1. Thank you so much!!

  39. I love your ideas, Michelle! This is so pretty!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  40. I love it!! Thank-you for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  41. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 10, open March 1 to 26. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed. I invite you to my Themed Linkup 12 for Crock Pot and Instant Pot Recipes, open February 28 to March 10 if you have any appropriate posts. Won’t you join me at my Short Story Prompt Party for fun and creativity? Open March 2 to 9. Just start typing, see what you come up with! Remember, no story is too short! The prompt is: I woke from a long nap to see…

    1. Thank you so much! I love your parties. πŸ™‚

  42. Clever and attractive. Thanks

    1. Thank you so much!!

  43. I made one of these a few years ago and still use it! Yours turned out lovely–thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s always fun to give new life to old stuff. πŸ™‚

  44. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 14 for Spring Crafts and Decor, open March 29 to April 10. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed.

    1. Thank you for visiting!

  45. So pretty. We no longer get mail delivery so this is a perfect use!

    1. Thank you! I miss when the mailboxes were right beside the front door. But that’s ok because now we can use them as pretty outdoor decor. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!

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