How to Make Your Own Mailbox

Are you the victim of mailbox vandalism? Or is your mailbox just starting to look a little ratty and old? If this sounds like you, you may want to make your own mailbox.

It is a lot cheaper than buying a new one. Doing this will not only allow you to make your mailbox more secure than standard mailboxes, but will also allow you to be creative with the color, design and shape of your mailbox.

Screw the mailbox to the top of the post horizontally.

Attach one end of the two wooden side supports to the mailbox base you just attached, and the other end to the post. Do this on both sides of the base and post. The supports should be at a 45-degree angle.

Choose the location of your mailbox. Standard post office guidelines say that the mailbox should be 8 inches away from the road, so take that into consideration.

Dig a hole with a shovel or a hole digger where you want to put the mailbox. It should be about 2 feet deep and only as wide as necessary.

Place the post in the hole. Fill the hole with gravel 6 inches deep, and level the post. Pour a layer of concrete around the post, and level again.

Fill the rest of the hole with soil. Attach the mailbox to the mailbox base.

Things You Will Need

  • Wooden (4-by-4 inch) or metal (2-inch diameter) post about 5 1/2 feet tall
  • 2 smaller, wooden side supports and a mailbox base
  • Homemade or pre-bought mailbox
  • Gravel
  • Concrete
  • Shovel or hole digger
  • Level
  • Paint and/or number stickers (if desired)

Warning

  • Check with your local post office for mailbox guidelines. Many times there are specific instructions for the type of road you live on or depending on the amount of traffic on your particular road. Also, if you built your own mail holder, be sure it meets the codes and requirements your local post office has in place. Not following them could lead to you not getting your mail.