One easy way to decorate your mailbox is to hand paint it...
Use a paint type suitable for your mailbox material and for the outdoors. If you don’t know what paint type is suitable ask your local paint shop or hardware store. If the box isn’t already painted you’ll need to use a primer to prepare the surface first.
There are a few articles on how to paint decorative mailboxes on the ehow website. For instance, this one gives you instructions for painting a metal mail box.
This is one of the most creative hand painted decorative mailboxes I've seen. It's in my neighbourhood (Avalon, NSW, Australia).
The wooden box looks home made and even that has been designed to be part of the marinescape with its wave-like edges. The frame the letterbox stands on is a bit crude, but the charm of the box deflects attention from that.
The box size is practical and the letter slot easily allows A4/Letter sized parcels to be delivered.
The box has been painted with a background seascape using oil paints. It has then been decorated with stuck on objects such as models of fish and even a snorkel mask.
What a fun and funky idea. I bet the mailman has a chuckle every time he delivers mail!
The photos below show views of all the sides. I hope this gives you inspiration for your own hand painted mailbox creation.
Left side view
Right side view
This gorgeous hand made wooden letterbox started life as a plain wooden box. It has been decorated and painted to look like a crocodile.
The box is a good size and the slot easily accepts A4/Letter sized mail.
It was made and painted 14 years ago, so, while you can see it isn't in pristine condition you can also see it has lasted very well. A new coat of paint would make it look brand new.
The top lifts up to retrieve the mail. And the painting detail include a pink interior (cute). The kids in the area love it!
See the alternative views below.
See the pink painted
There really are as many ideas for hand painted mailbox designs as your imagination allows. See how painting these standard mailboxes lifts them from boring to interesting?
Painted using waterproof