Holiday House 2013

Give Your Mailbox a Festive Holiday Makeover

To make a playful curbside statement during the holidays designer Dan Faires transforms a mailbox into a rustic rope-covered reindeer.

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Materials Needed:

  • small handsaw or heavy-duty pruning shears
  • small white twinkle lights
  • extension cord
  • natural sisal rope, 1/2-inch diameter, 200 feet
  • 2x3" diameter slice of tree limb
  • 3" diameter foam ball
  • branches for antlers, at least 1/2" diameter
  • red acrylic yarn
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • marker
  • white acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • 2" exterior wood screws
  • screw gun

Gather Branches

Search yard for fallen branches at least 1/2 inch in diameter. The width of the branches should be substantial enough to read as antlers from the street.

Mark Branches

Hold branches up to the mailbox post and position branch until it has the proper shaping and positioning to read as antlers. Make a mark using marker directly onto the branch. Cut away any excess from branch with small handsaw or heavy-duty pruning shears.

Pre-Drill Holes Into Branches

Use drill to create a pilot hole directly into mark.

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