Mailbox Planters

Bring your front door or back garden to life with these simple mailbox planters.

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Turn Simple Mailboxes Into Welcoming Planters

Wall-mount mailboxes are perfect for planters. With very few materials and just a little time, you can bring your front door to life. Ours are painted with an easy, modern stripe design, but using painter's tape you can create a design of your own.

Gather Materials

You will need: wall-mount mailboxes/ square/ pencil/ painter's tape/ spray paint/ plants/ soil/ screws and screwdriver for attaching to wall/ terra cotta pots (optional)

Spray Base Color

Spray the mailboxes with your base color. To make it easier, choose a spray paint/primer combination. Allow to dry according to paint manufacturer's instructions.

Mark Lines for Stripes

After the base coat is completely dry, use a square to mark the lines for the stripes. Use wide and narrow sizes of tape to space out the lines. For the thinnest lines, cut lengths of painters tape 1/4" wide.

Masking the mailboxes

Use painter's tape to mask the parts of the mailbox that you want to remain in the base color. Leave the stripe spaces exposed. Press the edges of the tape to get a good seam.

Paint the Stripes

Paint over the masked mailboxes with the accent color. Allow to dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions. Note: a second coat may be necessary for complete coverage.

Attach Mailboxes to Wall

After the paint has dried, carefully remove the masking. Use screws appropriate for the wall surface to attach the mailboxes to the wall in the arrangement of your choosing.

Fill Mailboxes With Soil

Fill the mailboxes with soil. Most mailboxes have drainage holes in the bottom, but you can add a thin layer of gravel if yours does not.

Add Plants

Add the plants directly to the soil and fill in with loose soil. As an alternative, place plants in small terra cotta pots that will fit inside the mailbox for the ability to easily change plants with the seasons.

Finishing Touches

Give your plants a good watering. Consider arranging the mailboxes around your house numbers for a beautiful, friendly greeting.