20 Mailbox Ideas That Are Fun and Creative

house shaped mailbox

Brittany Bailey

Who says that your mailbox has to look blah? Unfortunately, we've seen far too many mailboxes that are in need of a bit of a makeover. And while it's tempting to put this type of project off in favor of tackling upgrades within the home, there's no reason to postpone the task any longer.

Checking the mail is a daily activity, after all, and we're major proponents of making everyday routines feel a bit more special. It turns out that there are actually many ways in which you can elevate your mailbox display to make both the box and post look more eye-catching and unique. We've rounded up 20 of our favorite ideas below. Whether you're handy with spray paint or would prefer to take on a quick fix with duct tape, there's a project for everyone.

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    Delightful Decal

    monogrammed mailbox

    Julie Fiato

    A monogram decal and a coat of fresh paint livened up this mailbox in a snap. The homeowner chose to use the same paint color from her front door on the mailbox for a complementary look.

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    Sassy Stripes

    pink and white mailbox

    Hilary Prall

    Who says your mailbox can't feature a pop of pink? What about some sweet pink and white stripes? Thanks to some spray paint, this mailbox got a charming (and budget-friendly) makeover. Now the box really pops on snowy days!

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    Cheerful Yellow

    yellow mailbox

    Casey Finn

    Yellow is another welcoming, bright color that is perfect for a mailbox. If there's a hue that you love but wouldn't feel comfortable using on your front door, choosing it as your mailbox paint color can be a happy medium.

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    Plant Party

    flower pot mailbox

    The Homespun Hydrangea

    Make your day (and the postal worker's!) a bit more peppy by installing flower pots alongside your mailbox. This setup features a plant holder that the homeowner found at a yard sale; it fits over the mailbox perfectly.

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    Duct Tape Designs

    duct tape mailbox

    Joyful Daisy

    Not feeling like tackling a paint project? You can still add colorful flair to your mailbox with duct tape, as we see above. Whether you opt for a bold neon or just create a fun pattern with neutrals is up to you. Bonus points if you choose to add an artistic design to the mailbox post, too!

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    Mod Digits

    diy mailbox makeover

    Living Letter Home

    This mailbox also features a cute flowery touch in the form of a pot attached to the back. Oversized, modern numbers are easy to read from the road, making everyone's lives simpler!

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    Crafty Touches

    cricut mailbox

    Darcy Clark

    If you have a Cricut machine, you can always use it to get crafty with numbers, too. This mailbox features vinyl cutout digits and was painted in a classic copper.

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    Coastal Flair

    coastal mailbox

    Carolyn Braden

    Adorned with rope, this white mailbox has a bit of coastal flair, which is a perfect touch given its waterfront Florida location. Don't be afraid to take a cue from your home's natural surroundings when determining how to decorate!

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    Pretty Planter

    planter on mailbox

    Craft Box Girls

    Clearly mailboxes with planters are becoming fairly common! Part of the fun will be changing out the plant featured seasonally—it's a simple way to celebrate the changing weather and switch up your design, too.

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    Classic Copper

    copper mailbox


    Lining the base of your mailbox with flowerpots is another fun way to incorporate some pizzazz and color. This homeowner spray painted the base and post of her mailbox in a bold black hue which modernizes the setup.

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    Funky Lining

    yellow mailbox diy


    Would you believe this mailbox makeover cost less than $10? For less than the price of your favorite to-go salad, you can tackle a DIY that will majorly spruce up your front stoop. The donut craft paper that lines the inside of this cheerful, yellow mailbox is also giving us all the good vibes.

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    MCM Moment

    mid-century mailbox

    Carrie Waller

    Love midcentury modern furniture and decor? Go ahead and incorporate this style on the outside of your home, too, by going the vintage route. This fun brass mailbox is sure to catch everyone's attention. If you score a similar used piece (this one came from eBay) that could use some reviving, a little polish may be all it needs to shine.

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    Sweet Creatures

    octopus mailbox design

    Jamie Luoto

    Showcase your fun loving personality by making your mailbox uniquely yours. Here, an octopus-shaped design takes a standard white mailbox from plain to peppy!

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    Subtle Details

    monogrammed mailbox

    Tonya Diehl

    If your style leans traditional, a monogrammed mailbox may be calling your name. We saw one earlier with a decal place right on the front flap, but you can easily add your last initial to the side of your mailbox if you prefer. The gold adds an understated but sophisticated touch.

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    Pretty in Pink

    colorful and bright mailbox

    Kelly Mindell

    Feeling extra bright and bold? Make your mailbox stand out with a sea of happy colors and other playful touches (like a lawn flamingo nestled by the mailbox post!).

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    Wooden Wonder

    wooden mailbox post

    Erin Longfellow

    If your mailbox post has seen better days and you're looking to construct a new one from scratch, you can definitely go the DIY route. This homeowner built her own wooden base with materials from the hardware store and details the process on her website.

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    Mod Podge Masterpiece

    mod podge mailbox


    Even on days when the actual contents of your mailbox are less than thrilling (hello, Internet bills and junk mail!) you'll be happy to take a peak inside and be greeted with a festive Mod Podge lining. This lobster print paper is an excellent choice for a coastal-themed mailbox.

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    Happy Home

    house shaped mailbox

    Brittany Bailey

    What could be more adorable than a mailbox shaped like a mini house? It doesn't matter whether you have little ones living in your home, anyone is bound to appreciate this darling design. Paint yours so that it matches the exterior of your actual home or go in an entirely different direction with bright colors.

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    Number Trick

    mailbox with number plaque

    Serena Appiah

    If you don't want to adhere number decals directly to your mailbox, you can install an address plaque below, which is nice and handy. Place the numbers on both sides so that they're easily visible.

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    Bold Blue

    mid-century mailbox

    @modboxusa / Instagram

    We see another standout mid-century modern style mailbox in this sleek design that matches this home's blue front door perfectly.