The Most Unusual Mailboxes In The Neighborhood

Trending | 8/8/19

Buildings all around the world all have one thing in common. Each of them has their own mailbox. While most are standard ones that come with the place, some people choose to spice theirs up.

Mailboxes are what you make of them. Even though all they’re used for is sending and receiving mail, adding a creative design can show true originality. These are some of the most epic mailboxes that you won’t see every day. Also, if you’re looking to get some mailbox inspiration these are some perfect and unusual examples.

This Mailbox May Eat You

a yellow mailbox with an angry face drawn on
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Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images

This unique yellow mailbox is located on the island of Ithaca, Greece. It may terrify nearby pedestrians due to the drawn on angry face or it may look like it will chomp off your hand when reaching inside.

It could benefit from some fixing up because of the rust at the bottom, but some may argue that the wear and tear gives it more of a grimacing quality. This design is perfect for someone that wants to give their mailbox a new look, but only has a permanent marker on hand.

A Mailbox Turned Into Urban Art

a yellow mailbox with small murals of a bear and two people embracing
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Iroz Gaizka/AFP/Getty Images

Some mailboxes are prominent in urban areas where street artists like to show off their skills. French artist Christian Guemy found this mailbox in Bayonne, France and decided to add miniature versions of his murals of a bear and a couple embracing.

The addition of art to a local mailbox allows passersby to notice an otherwise ordinary object while walking the streets. This also shouldn’t stop at mailboxes, but can also be applied to things such as trash cans, telephone booths, and storm drains.

Put the Mail in His Mouth

a mailbox built into a wall that has a figure carved from cement
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Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images

Venice, Italy is known for their historic and picturesque architecture and this mailbox fits well with their aesthetic. It was hand-carved with cement to show a realistic face with a slot where the mouth is that’s open wide for the mail.

It exudes true artistry and by not painting it a bold color it blends well with the rest of the building. It’s likely that the mailbox is one of a kind a unique fixture in that area.

This Mailbox is Heating Everything Up

a pink and black flame mailbox in front of a burning home
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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California has some of the most horrific wildfires in the world and the amount has been increasing each year. This is a pink and black flame mailbox in Paradise, California that remains untouched as the house it belongs to is aflame.

This particular wildfire was caused by high winds and low humidity. Although the owners of this house had no way of knowing it would be a victim of the wildfires, it causes the mailbox to stand out even more in the photograph.

This Mailbox Can Be Found Under the Sea

a teal house with a white and teal mailbox shaped like a seahorse
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Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

This mailbox is a mermaid’s dream. The people at this Floridian white and teal house transformed their mailbox to perfectly match. It includes a white and teal seahorse with the actual mailbox sticking out of its chest.

This design goes great for a house that’s close to the beach and it might look nice with even more ocean decorations on the part that sticks out of the seahorse. The makers of this mailbox knew how to make it a grand art piece.

Put the Letters in the Barn

a red mailbox on a post in the shape of a country barn
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Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Not all mailboxes need to look perfect and this one is a great example. It’s shaped like a barn, but it’s very off kilter and the paint is significantly worn off. While it may not be in pristine shape, it still gives off a rugged, country vibe.

Seeing that this mailbox is not in great condition means it’s original and it’s highly unlikely that there is another just like it. If you’re thinking of trying this one for your house, it may be a fun idea to add some personalization such as your last name or paintings of barn animals.

This Mailbox Sets Records

the world's largest mailbox next to a shop on a road
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Those looking for a mailbox with a world record need to head out to Casey, Illinois. Visitors can go up the stairs that lead to this gigantic mailbox when they arrive. Even though it seems like a big spectacle it’s actually a functioning mailbox where people can mail postcards.

It measures at 5,743.41 square feet and was created by Jim Brolin. Once people get to the top of the mailbox they are amazed at the scenic views of the quaint Illinois town.

Don’t Have a Cow

a rusty mailbox shaped like a cow in the Australian countryside
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Rio Helmi/LightRocket via Getty Images

The people at this Australian ranch were able to take materials from around their home and craft their own cow mailbox. It’s simple with a rust brown color and fits very well with the surroundings iof the countryside.

Mailboxes don’t have to look like the typical half-dome shape, so they can be made to resemble almost anything. The simple cow looks great against the landscape of the country and it’s probably a fun surprise for mail delivery people or house guests.

Special Delivery for SpongeBob SquarePants

allen kane, sharon cohen, and chris karpenko standing next to a spongebob mascot and spongebob mailbox
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Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Nickelodeon

After being on TV for over 20 years, SpongeBob SquarePants has appeared on everything from cereal boxes, towels, and mailboxes. This special mailbox was inducted into The National Postal Museum at the Smithsonian to teach children about writing, sending, and receiving mail.

They were encouraged to visit their local Post Office to send a pre-paid SpongeBob postcard. The National Postal Museum also has numerous exhibits that attract many visitors such as John Lennon’s childhood stamp album, stamps from around the world, and historic mail carriers.

Three Little Birds Pitch by the Mailbox

mosaic mailboxes in blue, green, and yellow with ceramic birds on top of them
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Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Mosaic art has been around since the 1500s and it’s still a nice way to decorate around the house. It requires making one single piece of art out by assembling small pieces of colored glass or stone. Some may use it for step stones in a garden or a complex design on the side of a wall.

These homeowners got creative by turning their mailboxes into mosaic masterpieces and went the extra step by adding little ceramic birds atop each one.

A Mailbox Fit for a Royal

a castle-shaped mailbox on a post with six other plain mailboxes in front of trees
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Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Mailboxes can really be anything you make of them and it’s fitting that this castle mailbox is on a street called Child’s Point in Annapolis, Maryland. Something unique about this particular one is that the design fits over the mailbox, so it would most likely work with many others.

The castle design definitely stands out next to the black and grey mailboxes to the right and it would be fun to have for a family with young kids. It was also clever to use the front of the mailbox as the castle’s drawbridge.

It’s an Exact Replica!

a mailbox that looks just like the house it belongs to
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Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This mailbox is from Pasadena, California and was made to look exactly like the house at the address. When the mailbox is closed it may be difficult to tell its purpose, but when the right side of the roof is lifted up it transforms into one of the most unique mailboxes in the world.

It was designed by Jim Ipekjian, who has been known for his custom wood work projects since 1972. He and his son Jack work as a woodworking duo and have made beautiful custom wood pieces such as dressers, tables, doors, and desks.

The True American Mailbox

an uncle sam mailbox on the side of the road
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Donovan Reese Photography/Getty Images

The Fourth of July isn’t the only day to show your patriotism. The owners of this mailbox want to flash red, white, and blue all year round with this original Uncle Sam mailbox. Uncle Sam is one the most famous symbols in the United States.

References of him go back as far as 1775 when he was mentioned in the original lyrics of “Yankee Doodle,” but he became more well known after appearing on posters pointing his finger with the phrase “I Want You For U.S. Army” during World Wars I and II.

Time for School

a mailbox that's painted to look like a school bus
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Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Houses aren’t the only places with mailboxes. Prince William Country Public School gave their mailbox a makeover by transforming it into a classic school bus. It may not be a groundbreaking design, but it goes perfectly with its location.

The trick to crafting a special mailbox is finding a design that will work well with the shape of the box. Objects such as buses, submarines, a loaf of bread, or a fish all are great examples if you’re feeling stuck.

Even Meerkats Check Their Mail

a curious meerkat beside a plastic mailbox mailbox
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Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

It’s always funny when animals partake in human activities. This meerkat at the London Zoo is pictured casting a vote for an upcoming election, which is something that isn’t usually seen everyday.

Meerkats are usually seen living in large groups or communities in parts of Africa. They are about the size of squirrels and are known for being able to stand upright. Most of the time meerkats will move from burrow to burrow and create a tunnel-and-room system to stay cool from the heat.

Baby, You Can Drive My Mailbox

a teal mailbox in the shape of a classic car on top of a post
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Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

This simple, yet classic design of a car on a mailbox causes it to stand out. The creator of this particular mailbox was able to take its initial shape and add some painted wood cut-outs that fit around it.

They also added little details with the wood pieces such as the lights under the handle and the black and white wheels. A car mailbox would be fun to see in front of an auto repair shop or vintage car lot.

A Mailbox Fit for a Pelican

a pelican mailbox on the isle of capri
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Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Off the coast of Queensland, Australia is a scenic town called the Isle of Capri. It’s said to be a pretty relaxed suburb with fun shops and restaurants. Residents live there for the riverside lifestyle and fantastic views.

Since the Isle of Capri is a beach town, some of their mailboxes need to fit in with the surroundings. One original find is this pelican mailbox. Some nice touches are the orange felt bow and the pine wreath on the post.

The Force Will Arrive in 3-5 Business Days

a woman dressed as princess leia putting mail into a star wars mailbox with other star wars characters behind her
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Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

One way to make sending and receiving mail more worth while is to have the mailbox look like a beloved movie character. During a Star Wars anniversary celebration in Hollywood 400 R2-D2 collectible mailboxes were placed across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Characters such as Princess Leia and the Storm Troopers were all in attendance to promote the R2-D2 mailbox launch. Some famous franchises will use their popularity to raise awareness about important organizations or programs such as the United States Postal Service, while also promoting their brand.

The Delivery of a Lifetime

a mailman opening a large mailbox full of campbell's soup cans
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William Thomas Cain/ Newsmakers/Getty Images

On May 9, 2000 the Campbell Soup Company made a giant donation of one million pounds of food across the United States. To kick off their Stamp Out Hunger food drive they came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a gigantic mailbox full of Campbell’s soup cans.

It’s important to see large corporations such as the Campbell Soup Company using their funds and media efforts in something charitable. This is also a great way to inspire other businesses to do something similar.

Stop and Smell the Mailbox

a man putting a newspaper inside a heart-shaped flower mailbox
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Guy Durand/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

There are contests for all sorts of things, but Saint Martin D’Abbat, France has one for the best mailbox. This flower mailbox ended up being one of the finalists. It looks larger than life because it stands over seven feet tall.

Some other mailbox design entries included a farmer, cow, an old lady with cats, and a duck. Something that stands out about the flower mailbox is the contrast of the red and green because those two colors are at the opposite ends of the color wheel.