DIY Christmas Decorations to Add Some Holiday Cheer to Your Lonely Mailbox
I decorate my mailbox each year for the Holiday season, one reason being because I don’t go semi-wild stringing lights all over my house anymore. (I used to … but now I just don’t care to deal with the heavy ladder and everything else involved.) But, so as not to have a home that doesn’t exude some sort of Holiday cheer, these past few years I have made it a point to decorate my mailbox with garland and lights and I also have always placed garland with lights around the entire opening of my front door.
You can see the photos and my how-to steps here: My Homemade Mailbox Christmas Decoration.
So … I thought perhaps some of you might appreciate some DIY Christmas decoration ideas for your mailbox. It’s really quite easy and inexpensive to do. You needn’t buy the decorations … even a few evergreen branches and a nice red bow can lend a festive touch to that poor lonely mailbox in front of your house. Easy and frugal is my whole idea for this blog post today.
Also, if you are like me, you’ve probably amassed a lot of Christmas decorations that you don’t even use anymore. Dig through those boxes and I’ll bet you will come up with a few things that, when put together, will produce a fine decoration that you’ll be proud to place on your mailbox during the holiday season.
That’s what I did a few years ago … I have some artificial evergreen garland and 2 boxes of round gold plastic ornaments that I made a very nice long swag-sort-of-decoration for.
Okie-Dokie … Get Out Your Hot Glue Gun …
Here Are Some Nice DIY Ideas Even the Kids Can Help Make
Idea #1: A wreath around your mailbox is pretty darn easy. You might have a small one sitting in your decoration box. Or, you could use a piece of long real or artificial evergreen garland, and then loop it around at least twice to make a wreath. Add a bow and/or a few ornaments.
Just make sure the interior opening of the wreath is wide enough to fit around the exterior of your mailbox if it’s preformed or you’re making the wreath. Otherwise you could just wrap it a few times or more around the mailbox. Make sure it’s bushy enough to look like you did want it to be a wreath, and not a few strands of garland wrapped towards the back of the mailbox.
Idea #2: Here’s a pretty easy idea … make a nice large swag from real or artificial evergreen boughs, slip in some berries, pine cones or small ornaments, maybe add a bow and there you have it, another very attractive DIY idea.
Idea #3: Here’s another pretty and easy to make DIY Christmas decoration … a variation of a swag for the top of the mailbox.
Idea #4: Evergreen boughs can be tied at the top the the bunch and attached to the post under your mailbox. This idea should be easier to attach than swags perched on top of the mailbox.
Idea #5: If you’re not able to get your hands on any real or artificial greenery, or perhaps just not wanting to decorate your mailbox that way … how about using Christmas lights? Just wind them ’round and ’round until you’ve got enough of them to make a nice visual presentation.
**Caution … if you have to use an extension cord to get power out to your mailbox (I do because mine is out on the street curb) make SURE you use an extension cord meant for outdoor use.
I will assume that if you plug that extension cord into an outdoor socket, that the socket is a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter). Nowadays in the USA and Canada it is a building code for every electrical plug in a home, whether inside or out, to be a GFI socket.
Last but not least … Idea #6: I just had to post this photo … kinda sad looking, isn’t it? (Note that it appears half of the lights aren’t even lit!)
The first thing that entered my mind when I saw this photo was “Gee, why did they even bother?” I’m sorry, but it is just not attractive and I think it would have been better for these people to not have bothered. I’m not meaning to be cruel, but really!
What I’m merely trying, and hoping, to convey in the photo is what NOT to do with a string of lights.
Well, there you have it, some easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas (and one “don’t do this” idea) to help give you some inspiration, especially if you need to do a last-minute Holiday spruce-up to the outside of your house. Dressing up youre mailbox will help give a nice impression and show your Holiday spirit, don’t you think?