Monday, August 6, 2012

DIY Mounted Mailbox

Scripture to Live By:
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Matthew 7:24-27

God says those that hear His word and put it into practice are wise and those who hear His word and do not put it into practice are foolish.  Just think of all the homes that might be standing today, if after hearing God's Word we would put it into practice in our lives and homes.
James 1:22  But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
John 14:15 If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.

Craft Post:

How to Make a Mounted Mailbox 

We started with  some left over cedar wood pieces. (We usually try to use what we have on hand.)

These are the scrap wood pieces and the tools we used to lay out our mail box . 

 You can use any kind  of wood you like, but cedar is long lasting wood.  I like the look of it just plain, but we are going to paint it to match the house. 

You will need:
2 boards -
  1 x 4 x 26 inches long
  1 x 5 x 24 inches long
Measuring tools - ruler, carpenter square , measuring tape. Optional - Protractor.
Miter Saw or Circular saw tilted in 45 degree angle.
Wood Screws #8 x 1 1/2
1 package of Mini Piano hinges approximately 1 inch   
Small wooden knob
Letters and numbers
Mod Podge

The picture below is of the front and the back boards of the mailbox. 

The back board is a 1 x 6 x 12 3/4 inches long.  
The front board is a 1 x 6 x 10 inches long .
To get the angle on the front, you use a miter saw, and cut it at a 45 degree angle. 
You do not put an angle on the back.

The above picture is of the front, back and the bottom of the mailbox.
The bottom board is 1 x 4 x 6 inches long.


You will need two side boards cut the length of the back board, which are 1 x 4 x 12 3/4 inches and then angled to match the front and the back boards. You can get the right angle by laying the side board  on the side of the front and back and draw a line from back to front.  Then cut your marked angle.  Attach the side boards.   You have your mailbox. 

File off all rough edges. You will want it to be smooth so you don't get splinters in your hand when you put mail in or take it out of your new mailbox.

Now you will need to make a lid for it. 

Here is what you do.  Cut a board 1 x 4 x 7 inches long and sand off all the rough edges.

Put on the piano hinges as seen below.  

 Drill a small hole for the screw to screw the knob on the front of the top of your mailbox. 
It needs to be painted as well as the box. 

 I painted mine green because it matched our hanging garage planters.
See post here.

I wanted our name and house number on our mail box, but I couldn't find what I was looking for, so I had my husband mount it anyway.  When I found the letters and numbers, I put them on the mailbox and then coated them with Mod Podge  to seal them permanently.  It would have been easier to put the letters on and Mod Podge it before mounted.  If you make one, complete it before you mount it. 

Center your numbers and letters.  The ones I chose have a sticky application on them. 

Mod Podge the outside surface completely, coating your lettering well.

The mod podge will dry clear.

Put Painted Wooden Knob on Mailbox

We display it by the door on our patio.  (The entrance to our home.)

Wooden mounted mailboxes can be very expensive.
This mailbox  saved us at least $35-50 dollars or more, by making it ourselves. 
We made it for less than $10.00.
Mailboxes can run up to a $150 dollars or more, depending on what you want. 
It looks nice on our patio and is very accessible.
If you need a new mailbox and would like to have one that is mounted to your house,
why not make it yourself.


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  1. You all did a very nice job on your mailbox. It looks great. The green is a nice color for it.

  2. Thank you Michelle, I appreciate your comment. Thank you forviewingmy Post. Blessings, Jo-Ann

  3. Replies
    1. My favorite color is green and I tell my grandchildren that it must be one of God's as well for He made so many things green. Blessing and thank you for viewing my blog. Jo-Ann

  4. Great DIY project... Thanks for sharing it!
    New follower,Francine

  5. Thank you somuch for viewing my project and for becoming a follower. Thank you for your comment. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann.

  6. The mounted mailbox has always been one of the most popular options for receiving mails, letters and packages to our home.

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  7. Cute idea. Love the way it turned out. Would love to invite you to link up and share over at Curb Alert's! Friday Block Party. Hope to see you there!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  8. The mailbox is very cute. Green is my favorite color. I found you on Creations By Kara's Link Party :)

  9. Love the mailbox, and the color you painted it. Right now I am so into green. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  10. Thank you so much Cathy. I appreciate you having your party and for letting me share. Blessings to you, JoAnn

  11. Jo-Ann,
    Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! I would love for you to link up again this week. The party is up and running, hope to see you there!
    TGIF ~ Tami

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