I will show you the steps I used to make my mailbox the prettiest mailbox on the street this fall!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Use any fall picks, florals and artificial 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.
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.
Here is a view from the top as I built up my swag.
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.
Sunflowers are a great nod to the fall season along with some pretty fall mums and autumn colored berries.
Once again, turn your swag around to make sure there are no exposed spots of styrofoam like this:
When you are confident the swag is full all the way around, you are ready to attach it to your mailbox!
Take your swag outside and put it on your mailbox. Using the wires, twist them tightly together beneath your mailbox. Use the ribbon to cover the wires. Enjoy having the prettiest mailbox on the street this fall!
Surprise your mailman and your neighbors with the prettiest mailbox on the street this fall with a fall decorated mailbox!
Christmas will be coming, and you might want to decorate your mailbox like my Christmas mailbox!