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Garden Tool Storage from Old Mailbox

I spotted this old mailbox and knew it was calling to be upcycled. Here’s how I created functional and cute garden tool storage from old mailbox.

This garden tool storage from old mailbox post is brought to you by Mod Podge and apart of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest. Contestants of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest received free product from our sponsor, Mod Podge. The opinions in this post are completely my own based on my experience. Also, this post contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here. #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge #FabFlippinContest

Ever since we built our raised garden beds in our backyard, I’ve wanted some place handy to keep by garden tools near the garden beds. It was a tad inconvenient having to walk all the way around the house to go into the garage to grab my gardening gloves and any other tools I needed. One day my hubby and I were wandering around our local ReStore and I spotted this old mailbox that had seen better days. It was dirty and beat up, but I could see right past that. I saw potential…garden tool storage from old mailbox! 



This old mailbox is the perfect upcycle project for you to tackle this Summer. I only spent $3.50 on the old mailbox at the thrift store. Just a little creativity and Mod Podge really transformed this mailbox into an adorable and unique solution for my garden storage needs.  Not only does it provide storage for my garden tools, but it’s super cute with the floral design on the outside and a bright, colorful inside.

This garden tool storage from old mailbox is apart of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, which is a group of bloggers that I am thrilled to be a part of. This month’s theme was Garden Treasures with Mod Podge. You can check out more submissions for this contest on this post. It’s a great place to collect more inspiration for garden projects!

If you’re a blogger and you are interested in participating in The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, contact [email protected] 

I was so excited when I found out the sponsor for this month’s contest. If you ask any crafter, Mod Podge pretty much makes our world go ’round. I love how many different projects you can use Mod Podge for! I use Mod Podge to make tons of different projects (like these vintage book page Easter eggs) and hacks. My favorite new hack is to seal my stencils with Mod Podge before I paint my wood signs. You can see how I do that here. 

It started with an old mailbox…

Supplies for Garden Tool Storage From Old Mailbox

  • Old Mailbox
  • Outdoor Spray Paint
  • Floral Napkins
  • Scissors
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Hard Coat Mod Podge
  • Fabric (to cover inside)

Step 1. Clean mailbox and post.

Since you’re working with an old, grimy mailbox you should definitely clean both the mailbox and post. I just used a hose to rinse them off and then wiped them down with a wet paper towel. If your mailbox has rust, you should scrape that off first as well.. Here’s a simple tutorial on how to remove rust from metal before you paint.

Step 2. Spray both mailbox and post with outdoor spray paint.

Once the mailbox and post are clean, you can get them painted. I gave them a few coats of outdoor spray paint.

Step 3. Cut out flowers from floral napkins.

To get the floral effect on the mailbox, cut out individual and groupings of flowers from floral napkins or tissue paper (or even scrapbook paper, although it will look a little different with that material). This can take some time, so just pull up a seat in the living room and watch some T.V. while you do this part. Alternatively, you could decoupage the entire napkin on the mailbox.

Step 4. Attach flowers to mailbox with Mod Podge.

Using a foam paint brush, gently brush the back of the napkin with Mod Podge and lay onto the mailbox. Smooth out any wrinkles and then brush more Mod Podge on top of the napkin piece. Let Mod Podge dry fully.

Optional: I didn’t love how the flowers looked after this step, they were a little too bright for me…so I decided to dry brush them with a bit of white acrylic craft paint. The paint really stuck onto the ripples in the napkins and I love how it made the surface of the garden mailbox distressed looking. I achieved the look I was going for, subtle and soft. 

Step 5. Attach fabric to the inside of the mailbox.

I cut my fabric down to size and then used more Mod Podge to cover the inside of the mailbox. Working in small sections and using a foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on the inside part of the mailbox and lay your fabric over the top. Smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles with a credit card. Seal it the fabric by applying a few coats of Mod Podge (Hard Coat) on top of the fabric. This will allow the fabric to be washable. You can wipe it down…this will come in handy when you put a shovel with dirt on it after you’ve been gardening.

This step of applying the fabric actually turned out to be harder than I thought it was going to be. My best advice is to work in small sections of fabric. I probably should have cut the top piece of the fabric into smaller pieces rather than working with one big piece.

I love how it made the inside of the mailbox feel bright and cheerful.



Step 6. Put mailbox in the ground.

We put our garden tool storage from old mailbox into the ledge near our raised garden beds. Because it was up on a ledge, we only ended up using the upper half of the post, along with some PVC that slide right into the bottom of the post. To put the mailbox into the ground, we used a post hole digger to dig down about 1 foot. After dropping the post into the ground, we filled the hole half full with gravel (making sure the post is level as we filled it). To finish it up, we filled the rest of the hole with dirt and packed it down.

The garden tool storage from old mailbox is so handy. My gardening tools and gloves are right there when I need them.

I can’t help but smile when I see this garden mailbox. The fun floral design on the outside and cheerful colors on the inside are perfect.

I’m so glad that I went with my gut and dry brushed the exterior after placing the napkins down. It’s just the perfect amount of distressing without distressing πŸ™‚

This garden tool storage from old mailbox makes gardening so convenient…speaking of gardening, would you like to see a little update on how things are going since I shared the raised garden bed tutorial with you?

Will you just look at those cute little green beans?!

My garden tools are just a couple steps away from my garden. If you’re looking for a great storage option for your garden tools, keep your eye out at thrift stores and Craigslist for old mailboxes. With just some creativity and Mod Podge, you can transform the old mailbox with genius garden tool storage that is adorable!

What’s your favorite Mod Podge craft?

Let me know in the comments!

How to Make Garden Tool Storage from Old Mailbox

How to Make Garden Tool Storage from Old Mailbox

Yield: 1
Active Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $28

I spotted this old mailbox and knew it was calling to be upcycled. Here’s how I created functional and cute garden tool storage from old mailbox.

Materials

  • Old Mailbox
  • Outdoor Spray Paint
  • Floral Napkins
  • Fabric

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Hard Coat Mod Podge

Instructions

  1. Clean mailbox and post.
  2. Spray both mailbox and post with outdoor spray paint.
  3. Cut out flowers from floral napkins.
  4. Attach flowers to mailbox with mod podge.
  5. Attach fabric to the inside of the mailbox.
  6. Put mailbox in the ground.

18 thoughts on “Garden Tool Storage from Old Mailbox

  1. Very cute indeed!! I have been thinking of updating my real mailbox in a similar manor but thought I would use fabric on the outside. Is there a reason you used paper on the outside instead of fabric?

    1. None besides that fact that I found those paper napkins and just FELL IN LOVE with the flower print and colors πŸ™‚ Fabric would work also!!! Let me know if you end up trying this project. I’d love to see how yours turns out! Thanks πŸ™‚

  2. This is a great idea… I have been looking for a place to store the spouts for our metal 5 gallon gas cans…leaving them on the top of the cans means they get knocked off into the dirt. Also the gaskets dry out. This would be ideal and we have an old one since the PO went centralized on our area.
    ALSO… as a retired Mail Carrier.. I can tell you that spiders and even small scorpions can get into any mail box… be sure to CHECK GLOVES before putting them on.

  3. I took a old one and painted it a bright blue, wrote Garden Tools on the side and put in one of the first flower gardens we started after we moved here 20yrs ago. In that time the door got bent and a bird made a nest in there because there were NO TOOLS in there. lol! We decided it needed it worse, so we left it. But I love your idea too!

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