Residential mailboxes can be very plain and boring. An easy way to add some character to your mailbox is to decorate it by sticking on small, or even not so small (see example 3 below), objects such as shells, stones, small toys, shaped wood, or anything else that takes your fancy.
Suggested steps to create decorative residential mailboxes...
You may want to paint your mail box first. Otherwise, make sure the surface of the mailbox is clean and dry. Then stick on your objects to create your decorative mailbox design.
Here are some ideas to help inspire you...
This is a plain, unpainted wooden box, decorated with shells. The shell theme is very relevant to the seaside location of this mail box.
Notice the sensible mailbox design includes a 'lip' above the mailbox slot to help protect the mail from rain (the box is located in a reasonably high rainfall area). The back is a lockable, hinged flap, to lift and empty the mail.
Bottom panel detail
Back of mailbox
This mailbox could appear quite 'chunky'. It's certainly very sturdy looking!. And yet, with it's simple shell house number design and all white color scheme, I think it looks quite elegant.
Here's a close up of the decorative house number, created with white shells...
This mail box was first hand painted with a seascape and then had shells, models of fish and even a snorkel mask attached! See more examples of this letterbox here.