How to Decorate a Mailbox for the Holidays

Two Methods:Planning Your Mailbox DecorationsIdeas For Mailbox Decorations

Decorating for the holidays is an annual event that many people enjoy taking part in. Whether you enjoy dressing up your house and yard for Christmas, Hanukkah, Halloween, Easter, or other holidays such as St. Patrick's Day and Valentine's Day, remember to include your mailbox. Placing decorations on your mailbox is a great way to spread some welcoming and festive holiday cheer. Decorate a mailbox for the holidays by coming up with simple yet celebratory themes that add to the joyful decorations of your home.

Method 1
Planning Your Mailbox Decorations

  1. 1
    Choose a theme for your mailbox decoration. Your mailbox decorations should correspond with the holiday you are celebrating.
    • Complement the decorations you already have in your home or around your yard. For example, if you have a snowman theme, hang a snowman tree ornament from your mailbox. If you decorate your windows with Easter egg decals, add them to your mailbox as well.
  2. 2
    Keep your mailbox accessible to the postal service. You want your mail carrier to be able to put your mail inside the mailbox without disturbing any decorations.
    • Make sure your house number is still easy to read and find. If you have your name on the mailbox, keep that visible as well.
  3. 3
    Remember that decorations must stand up to weather. Your mailbox might be susceptible to rain, snow, wind and excessive heat.
    • Avoid using decorations that will melt in the sun, warp in the rain or fall off during wind and snow.
    • Look for waterproof materials items such as weather resistant ribbon.
  4. 4
    Decide whether you will use handmade decorations, those bought from a store, or a combination of both.
    • Use handmade decorations if you enjoy doing crafts, have specific ideas of how you want to decorate, or want to decorate on a budget.
    • Use decorations from a store if you enjoy shopping for seasonal items and you prefer to spend the money on ready-made decor instead of spending the time making decorations. Shop at major retailers, specialty boutiques or online.

Method 2
Ideas For Mailbox Decorations

  1. 1
    Decorate with lights. You will need an extension cord if your mailbox is far from your house.
    • Drape multi-colored lights or white lights around the mailbox at Christmas and Hanukkah time. Use red lights for Valentine's Day, orange lights for Halloween, green lights for St. Patrick's Day, and red, white and blue lights for Flag Day or Independence Day.
  2. 2
    Try a wreath. A small wreath could hang around your mailbox, or you could add elements of a wreath, such as swags of pine, to the sides and top of the mailbox.
    • Wrap garland around the mailbox post for extra festivity and to complement your wreath.
    • Remember that wreaths are not just for Christmas. They are appropriate for Thanksgiving, Easter, and any other holiday.
  3. 3
    Hang bells. You could use Christmas bells, Easter eggs that ring, bells in the shape of hearts, or silver and blue bells for Hanukkah.
  4. 4
    Use decals. You can find weather resistant decals that affix to the mailbox. These are simple, available for seasons and holidays and easy to put on and take off.
  5. 5
    Try inflatable decorations that can sit on top of the mailbox. You can buy a black cat for Halloween, an Easter basket or a large heart.
  6. 6
    Wrap ribbon, flowers and other decorations around the base of the mailbox. This will provide some decoration without overdoing it on the part of the mailbox that gets the most traffic.


  • Recruit neighbors to decorate with you. Your street will look even more festive at holiday time if several mailboxes are decorated.
  • Get ideas from craft and decorating magazines as well as online communities and social networks. Pinterest has several pages specific to holiday decorations and mailbox decor.

Things You'll Need

  • Decorations

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