Make Your Mailbox the Envy of Your Street with this Stunning DIY Swag!

Are you wondering how to decorate your mailbox? I will show you the steps I used to make my mailbox the prettiest mailbox on the street this fall! This is easy, and quick! I will show you how your can make mailbox decor easy! Outdoor decor is such a great way to express yourself for the seasons and holidays.

Make this and your mailbox will be the prettiest one on the street this fall!

I have decorated my mailbox for all kinds of seasons and holidays and have found this is an easy way to change a plain mailbox to a holiday look in just a few easy steps!

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Build your base:

Begin with a cube of styrofoam, this one was 4.8″ x 4.8″ x 4.8″ square piece to create this fall mailbox swag.

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

Cut out one corner of the square and set it aside to save for a future craft.  This will leave you with a “V” or “L” piece of styrofoam.  There are a variety of ways to cut your styrofoam. I have tried the special styrofoam cutters, but I have found these knives to be the easiest.

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

Use this technique to secure pieces of wire to the styrofoam. Push a piece of stiff floral wire through the foam in two different spots about an inch apart. Then use something like this paper wrapped wire bent into the “W” shape. You need to do this to keep the wire from pulling through the styrofoam. The wire will cut through the styrofoam without that.

You are going to do that in both of the spots where the arrows have indicated. The long pieces of the wire should hang down beneath the upside down “V” of styrofoam as shown below. Make sure you use the same technique on the underside so those wires do not cut through the bottom of the foam, either.

Take this out and see if this will fit on your mailbox. You will extend the length of the wires to secure them beneath the mailbox. The wires are what will hold this on your mailbox.

Time to decorate:

I couldn’t take my mailbox indoors, so I used this small plastic container to use as a stand in for the mailbox while I styled my decoration.

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

You will want to cover the wires. Select a coordinated ribbon that is wide enough to cover the wires. Secure the ribbon to the styrofoam with floral pins.  Don’t count on the ribbon with the pins to hold this on your mailbox, though. The ribbon is just for decoration, it is not to hold the swag on your mailbox.

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

Use any fall picks, floral picks and faux greenery and fall leaves you would like to make your fall mailbox swag. You can find most everything you need for this at your local dollar store. Select things with stiff stems that will push right into the styrofoam. You want to make sure they are secure and don’t slip out.

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

Continue to build your mailbox swag by adding fall leaves. Make sure you turn the piece around and add to all sides. This will be viewed from all sides and you don’t want any holes in your arrangement.

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

Here is a view from the top as I built up my swag.

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

Don’t hesitate to add some fun fall picks including faux pumpkins! If you don’t find pumpkins on stems, you can pierce the pumpkin with a wood stick and push the wood stick into the styrofoam to secure the pumpkins into the swag.

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

Sunflowers are a great nod to the fall season along with some pretty fall mums and autumn colored berries.

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

Once again, turn your swag around to make sure there are no exposed spots of styrofoam like this:

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

When you are confident the swag is full all the way around, you are ready to attach it to your mailbox!

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

Take your swag outside and put it on your mailbox. Using the wires, or some pipe cleaners, twist them tightly together beneath your mailbox. Use the ribbon to cover the wires. Enjoy having the prettiest mailbox on the street this fall!

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

What a festive way to greet your mail carrier!

Decorate Your Mailbox for Fall with this simple DIY

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Surprise your mailman and your neighbors with the prettiest mailbox on the street this fall with a fall decorated mailbox!

Decide on the holiday season you would like to decorate your mailbox for and gather some more ideas from these posts I have shared:

Valentine’s mailbox
Patriotic mailbox
Christmas mailbox decoration

If you just want to dress up your mailbox without making anything, or worry about this decoration being taken from your mailbox, you may want to just pick up one of these mailbox covers! You could also get a custom mailbox decal!

A lot of you asked if it is legal to decorate your mailbox. YES! It is, but don’t cover up your address or decoratie it in such a way that the mail carrier has to move the decorations to deliver your mail!

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    1. Did you take the ribbon and try the ribbon to the bottom of your mail box? I can see the ribbon looks longer than the box so I just wondered what you did since I saw the wires also. Going to try to do 1 for the next 3 months!

  1. This is absolutely lovely! I will have to check my stash for supplies. This arrangement could be made for any season. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Chloe, that’s beautiful but there is an easier way. Those cemetery forms that you make for monuments with a block of Styrofoam in the center and wire loops on each end will work. Decorate the center piece and bend the loops around your mailbox. Long leaves will cover the loops.
    Yes, you will have the prettiest mail box in Celebration. I love it.

  3. Hi Chloe!
    Your mailbox is sooooo pretty!
    I am going to copy it for a regular kind of mailbox!
    Thank you for sharing it.

  4. Your neighbors must be so inspired with all of your decor. This is a great idea and I’m looking forward to all of the transformations on your mailbox. And yes, you can start on the Christmas decor anytime!

    1. The wires I attached to the styrofoam need to be attached to additional wire or to zip ties that are wrapped underneath your mailbox. The ribbon is just to cover the wires, just for decoration.

  5. Chloe! You did an awesome job. You are a sweet inspiration too! I will try this project, it’s simply gorgeous!

  6. Chloe, this is so cute! I’ve decorated my mailbox for Christmas, but never fall. Our mailbox is not in front of our home. It’s across the street. They are all together so the mailman can drive by and fill them all. Still, I am going to do this. Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you tomorrow.

  7. Love this creative way to make the outside arrangement Can’t wait to make one with my daughter in law ! Thank you!!

  8. Your beautiful mailbox inspired me! I started making it tonight and it is so very pretty. I can’t wait to put it on my mailbox!& I just haven’t figured out yet how to attach the wires to attach it to the mailbox. Do I just add on to the original ones that I put in like yours with the covered M? I’ll be following your blog all the time now-thank you!!


    1. Hi Karen! Thank you for your kind words, I am so glad I inspired you! Yes, you just extend the wires with additional pieces to reach under your mailbox and secure it with those wires. Good luck and thanks for the follow!

  9. I really liked your tips on how to decorate my mailbox. This would be really fun to add to my mailbox once we get one. I really want a fancy mailbox with some steel decorations that I am going to talk to a professional about.

  10. Love this – tried it last year and it was very pretty, but with the wind and rain in fall in Chicago, it broke apart – in half – before the season was over. Going to us the decor I bought to do something different with it this year. Love a good mailbox decoration!

  11. I have a question. I saw your mailbox decoration on hometalk and was very impressed. ordered the styrofoam and cut it out as you did, but now I have a problem. I live in a townhome where there are two mailboxes side by side on a board and no opening underneath to tie on to. How can I get it to firmly stay on in the weather? I had started the decoration and then found this out. Any suggestions? I have racked my brain.

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