DIY Updated Student Mailboxes!

Do you have an old student mailbox that is falling apart?  Check out this tutorial on how to breathe new life into it.  This DIY tutorial will help you do just that with a few simple materials.  No craft skills required!  Or take a drab looking mailbox and revamp it to match your classroom colors and décor.
I redid my mailboxes last week and I LOVE how they look!  I posted them on Facebook and some people asked how I did it, so here are the details.  First, I pulled it all apart, cleaned it, and scrubbed off all the layers of stickers.  I had eight years worth of names on there!  It actually looked way worse than it does in this picture.
Do you have an old student mailbox that is falling apart?  Check out this tutorial on how to breathe new life into it.  This DIY tutorial will help you do just that with a few simple materials.  No craft skills required!  Or take a drab looking mailbox and revamp it to match your classroom colors and décor.
Do you have an old student mailbox that is falling apart?  Check out this tutorial on how to breathe new life into it.  This DIY tutorial will help you do just that with a few simple materials.  No craft skills required!  Or take a drab looking mailbox and revamp it to match your classroom colors and décor.
Do you have an old student mailbox that is falling apart?  Check out this tutorial on how to breathe new life into it.  This DIY tutorial will help you do just that with a few simple materials.  No craft skills required!  Or take a drab looking mailbox and revamp it to match your classroom colors and décor.
I realized that the cardboard pieces could be turned inside out.  So I did that because the grayish side had glue on there that I couldn't get off.  One of the custodians from my old school had glued it together for me so it was more sturdy.  He also put a piece of wood diagonally across the back which has helped it stand up all these years!

I started by painting the outside with acrylic paint because I had it.  Do NOT do this.  I don't know what the outside is made of.  Some sort of plastic maybe?  The paint seemed fine.  Until I was finished and rubbed or scratched on it...it all came off.  So, then I spray painted it with black spray paint for plastic.  I was originally avoiding spray paint because I'm awful with it, but it was much easier.  I had to do both the inside and outside.

Then I spray painted all the cardboard pieces purple.  It took two cans and I almost needed a third.  After that, I put it all back together and lined the edges with washi tape.  I added the clips like I have been seeing on Pinterest.  This way names can easily be added or removed without ruining the mailboxes.  I think I have a little label maker I can use for that.
Do you have an old student mailbox that is falling apart?  Check out this tutorial on how to breathe new life into it.  This DIY tutorial will help you do just that with a few simple materials.  No craft skills required!  Or take a drab looking mailbox and revamp it to match your classroom colors and décor.
Do you have an old student mailbox that is falling apart?  Check out this tutorial on how to breathe new life into it.  This DIY tutorial will help you do just that with a few simple materials.  No craft skills required!  Or take a drab looking mailbox and revamp it to match your classroom colors and décor.
Here's the finished product!  SOOO much better!  The bottom row (top picture) is black because it is part of the outside case.  If I had thought about it, I probably would have painted it purple to match the other bottoms but oh well!

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Do you have an old student mailbox that is falling apart?  Check out this tutorial on how to breathe new life into it.  This DIY tutorial will help you do just that with a few simple materials.  No craft skills required!  Or take a drab looking mailbox and revamp it to match your classroom colors and décor.
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8 comments

  1. Darn! Wish I had read your blog post before I threw out my boxes. Mine was so shabby that I couldn't stand it anymore. Yours looks super cute!

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  2. The mailbox turned out great! I think I'm going to try putting binder clips on mine this year!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  3. This looks great, Jessica! You have me thinking about what I can do with mine now. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  4. I had the same Monday Made It! :-) I love how you decided to spray paint the insides of the shelves though - wish I had seen that earlier. Looks awesome!

    Kristen
    Sprinkled in Second

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  5. We're training for Leader in Me next week too. I hope it works well for our school. Good Luck!

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