When I found an old mailbox for a dollar at a garage sale, I decided to see what I could make from it. With just wood scraps, the mailbox and some paint I created a Mailbox Birdhouse.
For this project, basic woodworking tools will prove handy. We used a circular saw, a jigsaw and a drill. Circular saws are great for cutting straight lines. A jigsaw can cut on curved lines and the drill makes holes of different sizes depending on the bit sizes used.
Use a piece of cardboard to trace around the end of the mailbox. Create a template by trimming it to fit the opening. Now you have a pattern for cutting the wood. Be sure to use safety precautions and wear safety goggles and a mask, especially if indoors.
After tracing the door opening template onto wood, drill out an entrance hole and cut on your lines. We improvised using a drill and jigsaw but will be investing in some wood boring bits in the future to make this step easier.
Spray paint the mailbox birdhouse outside in the shade. Lightly coat several times for the best coverage and to avoid paint runs. Let it dry thoroughly before handling.
Some stylized flowers and ladybugs painted on in acrylic paint make this little project even more fun! Just draw designs on the mailbox with a pencil, then fill in with permanent acrylic craft paint.
For about five dollars we now have a very cute new spot for the birds! Wonder who will move in?
* note: this birdhouse should be placed in the shade!