Decorate Your Mailbox for the Fourth of July
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Why let your mailbox sit there naked for the summertime! I have decked out my front porch for the holidays, so my mailbox needed dressed up, too! The first thing to do is get a length of cheap Christmas evergreen garland. You will want the kind of garland that has wire as the base for each of the little branches. If you don’t have this in your Christmas stuff, I know Hobby Lobby already has their Christmas items out.
Take a section of 10″ wide red, white and blue deco mesh and starting at one end, gather it in loose loops and secure it in that way with the wired branches of the garland. In this close up you can see how I am twisting two of the little branches tightly around the deco mesh. Don’t tie them in a knot or you will not be able to undo it and use the garland for something different later. The next step is to add some patriotic ribbon. You can add this in the same way, looping it over the deco mesh and securing it in the same manner with the little wire branches. Continue adding the ribbon down the length of the garland. Set this garland aside for the time being. The next step will be to craft the piece for the top of the mailbox. Using a cube of styrofoam cut 1/4 of it out as shown in the above photo. The next step is to be able to secure your decoration to the top of your mailbox. Using 4 buttons and a wire, thread the wire through a button. Pull the wire down through the foam and secure it on the inside of the “V” with the second button. This shows where on the piece of foam you are going to use. The ends of the wire will be twisted into a circle or loop so that you will have some way to attach this to your mailbox.When you finish the arrangement on top of the foam, you will secure it to your mailbox like I show above. I used a white pipe cleaner so you could see it in this photo. You can use a wire that matches your mailbox color and also add ribbon to cover it if you would like later. Begin the arrangement by cutting the blooms off of red and white bushes and some of the leaves. You will want to use either wood wired sticks or a steel pick machine to attach them to all of the blooms and leaves you will want to use. The steel picks or the wood sticks will help you stick the blooms into the styrofoam.
Here is my foam secured to my mailbox on my craft table. I began with geranium leaves, sticking them into the foam around the base of my foam.
Using faux white hydrangeas, red geraniums, daisies and leaves to build up an arrangement in the foam. I added some blue sparkly picks, some little rolls of the deco mesh and a fun firecracker pick to finish up my arrangement. I wrapped the garland around the mailbox post wiring it to the bottom and to the top of the post.
Here is the holiday arrangement secured to the top of the mailbox. You can decorate your mailbox to be the star of your street!