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Decorating a Mailbox for Christmas – DIY Christmas Mailbox Decor

These ideas for decorating a mailbox for Christmas show that holiday decorating is not just for indoor projects.

With DIY Christmas mailbox decor projects like these, you’ll discover a fun, inexpensive and pretty way to add instant Christmas curb appeal to your home.

Plus, they are fun to do! I always find decorating puts me in such a happy, festive mood. Try decorating your mailbox if you need a little Christmas cheer!

Outdoor Christmas decorations on the lawn and around the home and garden really brighten up a front yard and greet your guests in a festive way.

Your mailbox is one of the first thing that friends see when they come to your home. Why have just a plain mailbox, when you can turn it into a decorated masterpiece with just a few supplies and a bit of time?

Trying one of the ideas below will make checking the mail so much more fun! Don’t forget to spread the cheer this year by sending out Christmas cards in the mail. It’s traditional to send them on December 9, also known as Christmas Card Day!

Green mailbox with decorations on it and a card reading Christmas mailbox decorations.

Is it legal to decorate your mailbox for Christmas?

Mailbox decorations are used on many properties prior to Christmas, but is it okay to do this? Before we get into the ways that we can decorate a mailbox for the holidays, let’s answer a common question that readers ask: Is it illegal to decorate a mailbox for Christmas?

While the post office does not allow affixing any type of fliers without postage either inside or outside of a mailbox, and there are hefty fines for doing this, they are more lenient when it comes to decorations.

According to USPS rule 3.2. 4: “Decorative art and devices can be attached to the exterior of approved mailbox designs provided they do not interfere with mail delivery or present a safety hazard.”

Does a mailbox have to be any particular color?

The same rule also states that the mailbox may be any color: “The mailbox may be any color. The carrier signal flag can be any color except any shade of green, brown, white, yellow or blue. The preferred flag color is fluorescent orange. Also, the flag color must present a clear contrast with predominant color of the mailbox.”

So, as long as you keep these rules in mind, you can decorate your mailbox for Christmas.

Supplies for mailbox Christmas decor

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to show some ways to brighten up a mailbox to put it in the Christmas spirit.

Hands holding a box of supplies to decorate a mailbox.

If this type of decorating appeals to you, gather up some of these supplies. Common supplies for decorating a mailbox are:

  • Bows made of wire wrapped ribbon (This ribbon hold up better and is  easy to form into bows.)
  • Solar powered Christmas lights to keep your mailbox bright all through the night.
  • Garlands on their own or with added Christmas decorations.
  • Magnetic mailbox covers to transform the mailbox into a pretty scene.
  • Greenery swags with natural or faux pine, and fir. Add your own decor items, or buy one already decorated.
  • Holly leaves and berries to add a festive flair and some color.
  • Door swags or wreaths to add quickly to a mailbox for instant decor.
  • Stickers – use them to easily change the look of your mailbox in just minutes.

Here are a few ways to use these items. You might start a trend with your neighbors before you know it!

Bows for a Christmas mailbox

The easiest way to add some instant Christmas appeal, for very little cost, is to add a big Christmas bow. Wire edged ribbon works best for this type of project, since it will hold its shape well.

For a bit more of an impact, try making a double bow, with both plain and patterned ribbon. The time to make the bow is the same but the impact is double!Black mailbox with red plaid ribbon and garland on top.

Even if you only decorate your mailbox and nothing else, your neighbors will assume your whole house is done! So, if you are short on time this year, just add a bow to your mailbox to set a positive impression as people drive by. 

Leave long ends to the finished Christmas bow and drape them over the sides of the mailbox.

You can also add in a few pieces of Christmas greenery for more of a holiday look. Easy Peasy! See how to make a floral bow here.

Garlands for a Christmas mailbox

Many stores have very long faux pine garlands for sale this time of the year with decorations like pine cones and berries already attached

Drape the garland around the top of the mailbox, add a festive bow on top of the garland, and you have an instant fun and festive look.Red mailbox decorated with a bow and garland.

You can purchase a plain garland, or make one with real branches and attach small Dollar store bows, bells and charms for additional effect.

Your local Farmer’s Market is a good place to source out a pre-made mailbox garland.

Holly leaves and berries

You don’t have to go far to get supplies to help with your mailbox decorating ideas. Just wander around the yard and collect some holly leaves and berries berries, plus some fir branches.Black mailbox decorated with lights for the holidays.

Shape the branches into a swag and use floral wire to add the holly leaves and berries.

A battery operated set of white Christmas lights will give a nice holiday touch at night.

Magnetic Mailbox Covers

Not the crafty type? Just drape a magnetic mailbox cover with a Christmas scene on it and presto, your mailbox is done!

There are literally hundreds of designs to suit all decorating tastes from simple covers to elaborate and festive Christmas scenes.

Christmas mailbox swag

There are preformed mailbox swags shapes that you can use as the beginning of your project. I bought mine at the Farmers Market last year.Red mail box with pin boughs over the top.

The form is just bent wire in the shape of a mailbox and then you add fir branches to the wire. 

Just drape the swag over your mailbox and decorate it with additional Christmas decor items.

Christmas mailbox decorating ideas

Cat in a black mailbox and mailbox decorated with a bow.

Once you have your supplies on hand, there are many ways to use them to decorate your mailbox for the holidays.

From adding wreaths and stickers, to decorating the pole and covering the mailbox, these ideas will charm your whole neighborhood, as well as your mail carrier.

Grapevine wreath mailbox decoration

Grape vine wreaths are round and sturdy and an ideal item to use in your Christmas mailbox decorations.

Just slip one over the mailbox post and wrap the mailbox in front of the wreath with a garland with silver berries for a quick and easy look that takes just minutes to put together.Grapevine wreath on mail box post with silver berry garland wrapped around.

Using stickers for decorating mailboxes for the holidays

Instantly change the look of a mailbox by adding some festive holiday stickers. 

This design uses snowflake stickers, but any motif would work. The decorated garland around the edges adds an extra touch of greenery and color.

An added plus: Snowflake stickers would extend the look once you remove the garland, right through the winter months.

Red mailbox with garland and snowflakes

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Inspiration for decorating mailboxes for Christmas

It is time for some mailbox Christmas decor! I am a self confessed Christmas fairy. If there is a place in my home that doesn’t have a Christmas decoration on it, I’ll find something that will make it more festive.

My mail box is no exception. For the last few years, I’ve had a garland wrapped around the mail box pole with some red bows and berries on it. 

This year, I am looking for a change, so I decided to see what other ideas are out there for holiday mailboxes.Black mailbox decorated with a Christmas wreath.

Decorated mailbox pole

Do you live in a subdivision where you share a mailbox with a neighbor? Decorate the pole between your mailboxes in style with this idea.

A plain black pole is all dressed up for the holidays with a large poinsettia with bells, and Christmas bell necklaces hanging down the front of it.

You could also use this idea on a single mailbox post if it has a protruding top.

If you love poinsettias around the holiday season make sure you check out our posts with facts about poinsettias, and ways to celebrate National Poinsettia Day!

Black mail box pol decorated with Christmas ornaments.

Candy cane Christmas mailboxes

Are you handy with a paintbrush? Turn a plain white mailbox into a Christmas candy cane mailbox design.

Paint wide and thin red and green stripes over a white mailbox using waterproof paint.

When dry, add a rustic letters to Santa sign and a small burlap bow and huge jingle bell decoration. (Don’t forget to check Santa’s list to see if you’ve been naughty or nice this year!)

This one will have you dreaming of sugar plum fairies tonight!

Red and white striped mailbox with bells and letter to Santa sign.

Green garland Christmas mailbox decoration

Wrap metallic green garland around the edges of a white mailbox for a lovely and stark contrast.

A large dotted green metallic bow finishes the crisp holiday look. Ready in just minutes, but so, so effective in design.

White mailbox with green garland and metallic bow.

Antique letterbox Christmas decorations

Antique letter boxes are taller than they are wide. This gives them a fairly large area on the front that is ideal for a small decorated wreath with presents and a red bow.

This mailbox decoration is quick and easy to put together and very festive looking.

Antique green letter box with Christmas decorations.

Christmas tree mailbox decorations

This is a holiday mailbox idea that will have the kids counting down until Christmas day. They’ll be sure to be the first to get that flag up for their letters to Santa! Your kids can also call the official Santa phone number to get in touch with him. 

Attach a green metallic Christmas tree with some ball decorations on it to the top of the mailbox. The addition of the falling snow adds a nostalgic effect.

Metallic Christmas tree on a black mailbox.

Christmas mailbox with swag wreath

This lovely mailbox decoration features a big swag wreath made of green leaves and fir branches, accented by big pine cones, berries, and pieces of Christmas greenery. 

The swag is added to above the mailbox, attached to the post itself.

This look is simple to do if you have a decorated swag wreath on hand. It would be ready in just minutes! Black mailbox with swag wreath for Christmas.

Wall mount mailbox decoration idea

Do you have a wall mounted mailbox on your home, instead of a freestanding street mailbox?

The idea for this attached holiday mailbox could be changed with the seasons.  Start by painting your mailbox with weather proof outdoor paint.

Find a Christmas stencil you like and use it to paint on the holiday design.

When the season is over, just repaint the mailbox and add a new stencil design for a fresh change to the next season or holiday.Red mailbox decorated with holly and berry stickers.

Poinsettia mailbox decorations

Poinsettias are one of the most popular Christmas plants. Let’s put them to use on your mailbox.

Attach a poinsettia garland to a white mailbox and droop it over the top and allow the garland to hang down.

You will delight those who pass by, even though you cannot guarantee that they will have such a special delivery, of course!

White cat in a mailbox decorated with poinsettia flowers.

Pin these ideas for decorating a mailbox for Christmas

Would you like a reminder of this post for Christmas mailbox decor? Just pin this image to one of your Christmas boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.Cute kitten in a mailbox decorated for the holidays.

What ideas do you have for decorating your Christmas mailbox?  I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below.

Admin note: This post for holiday mailboxes first appeared on the blog in November of 2013.  I have updated the post to include more mailbox decorations for Christmas ideas for your inspiration and a video for you to enjoy.

More Christmas mailbox decoration ideas

Mailbox Christmas Decorations - DIY Christmas Mailbox Decor

Are you still looking for more inspiration for you mailbox decorations for Christmas? Try one of these creative ideas.

They are easy to put together and so festive!

Shop the look with these mailbox decorations!

If you are not a crafty type of person, you can still decorate your mailbox for the holidays. Just shop the look on Amazon or Etsy with the creations below.

You'll give your mailbox some Christmas curb appeal in just minutes.

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Wednesday 25th of January 2023

Hi, for the snowman on his little snowbelly on top of the mailbox. Is there a pattern or where can I purchase, please?


Wednesday 25th of January 2023

Hi Kat, this was available on Amazon but is not in stock any longer.


Saturday 12th of November 2022

Where did you find the large bells found on the poinsettia mailbox decoration? They are fabulous.


Saturday 12th of November 2022

the image is a purchased photo rather than a project that I did myself, but Amazon has quite a range of jumbo jingle bells for sale.


Tuesday 25th of October 2022

These ideas are awesome just a word of advice before you start - if you have an HOA check before you decorate your box . We had to take our cover off the box at some point . I wish I could decorate . My solution I added a fake “Santa “ mailbox right beside our garage . It’s holiday decoration . Work around :/)

Marvie lentz

Tuesday 27th of October 2015

love all of them someone is very talented. Merry christmas

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