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How to make a wedding mailbox

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Couples use a wedding mailbox to store cards given to them on their wedding day or as a decorative element for the wedding itself. While many couples choose white as the colour for their box, you can add variety and a personal touch to yours by selec

Couples use a wedding mailbox to store cards given to them on their wedding day or as a decorative element for the wedding itself. While many couples choose white as the colour for their box, you can add variety and a personal touch to yours by selecting different paint colours, adding decorative elements or attaching photos on the side.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

MailboxNewspapersPrimer (optional)PaintPaintbrushesArchitect's tapeStencilsDecorative accessoriesDecorative garlandGlue

Instructions

1 Talk over your ideas for the wedding mailbox with your significant other. You'll glean ideas about what stylistic and pictorial elements to include on your box.

2 Order your mailbox. The mailbox market offers vandal-proof mailboxes, but you might not want one of these because you can't paint them. Unless you choose to feature the mailbox exactly as it is, make sure you can apply paint and other decorations to the mailbox.

3 Sketch out your ideas for your wedding mailbox on paper. Consider not only the style of the box, but also how you might incorporate your wedding colours and themes on the mailbox. Many wedding mailboxes are white--which provides a blank canvas for your creation--but there's no rule that says yours needs to be white. You can easily incorporate your wedding colours into your designs.

4 Protect your work area by putting down newspapers. If you are using spray paint, you'll want the area that you cover with the newspapers to be quite large and the location in which you're painting to have plenty of ventilation.

5 Prepare your mailbox for painting. If you want to use the mailbox outside after you're married, apply several base coats of primer. It'll give it a nicer finish and help the paint adhere to the surface better.

6 Allow the paint to dry according to the instructions on the paint can before proceeding.

7 Tape any stencils you want to use onto your box using architect's tape. The tape won't stick to the paint, which would ruin the paint job. In addition to lettering, your stencils can feature images like flowers, hearts or Celtic crosses.

8 Draw in or paint your stencilling.

9 Let the paint dry on your stencils before removing them from your mailbox.

10 Add any additional decorative element to your wedding mailbox, like wedding-themed stickers, ribbons, romantic quotes, or photos of you and your partner in magnetic frames.

11 Wrap silk grape or ivy vines around your mailbox for a finishing touch.

Tips and warnings

You can purchase mailboxes through hardware and home stores, or through online retailers like Mailbox Ixchange or Mailbox Works. These companies offer a variety of sizes and styles of mailboxes.

If you intend to use the mailbox to receive mail after your wedding, make sure it complies with postal regulations.

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