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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Love and Valentine Greetings Mailbox Planter

Re-posting this Valentine Blog of 2012 
for Throwback-Thursday ... make the old new again party

Valentine decorating is very minimal around my house ... 

but sending you a Happy Valentine rose bouquet in this old re-purposed mailbox made planter. 

 For this staging, I used an old lace curtain to drape over the large antique picture frame that I sprayed ivory. 
So pretty now ... should have taken a before.

 This mailbox did not have a flag, so I cut one out of the round piece that I cut out of the top for the planter pot. Now it is a tiny chalkboard so messages can be written on it, back and front. 

The little puff lace heart that I hung on the flag was made years ago. I used a plastic heart candy container as a mold and shaped lace fabric over each piece; when dry; glued the lace pieces together, covered that seam with lace and ribbon and added roses to the top.  Can't remember what I used for the stiffener, but I was doing cloth sculptures at that time so may have used that. I think diluted white glue could be used.

I wanted the stencils to just be a shadow, so decided on white. I have not done any much successful stenciling, but I was determined to try it. I messed it up a couple of times ... washed it off and tried again. If I had read the direction on the adjustable spray adhesive can, I would not have wasted so much time especially in the clean up.  Said to spay a light coat and let it dry ... my coat was too heavy and did not wait for it to dry, so that was my trouble with too much adhesive on the mailbox. Had to use adhesive cleaner as baby oil did not take the heavy glue off. Anyway, that was time wasted but pretty happy with the way it turned out. The third time I did the hummingbird, I used the disposable black sponge brush and it come out a lot better that with the flat bristle brush. 

 FIVE is my favorite number and the little bird likes it too.
Bird is a sale item from Crafts for $3.99. She is beautiful.

Showing the back .... has a nice large cut-out hole for a plant.
Back side of flag and room for another message. 
XOXO ...
This is the stencil I used on the back ... actually this is where I laid it on the plastic sleeve that it came in and sprayed the adhesive on it. Looks like you could spray the stencil with paint but might be hard to clean off. 

 Products that I used ... (forgot the spray adhesive). I found the Burnett's beauty rub at an Estate Sale for 50¢ and I thought is was for the skin until I read the directions ... mentions everything except skin. Nice and creamy, so will likely be good for the hands too. Love it ... original cost was $7.50 and very little used out of it.

You may have seen this mailbox in my earlier blog on mailboxes re-purposed to planters  HERE

I spray painted it with ivory Krylon and then mixed up some chalk paint adding a little plaster of paris to my last bit of  Krylon Dried Basil paint. (I love this color). I let it dry overnight and then sanded it down to the most desired time-worn look.  

Here it is all spruced up for a nice Valentine greeting.

It needs a live plant, but nothing was available in the Nursery right now.

Valentine Greeting
valentine card compliments of The Graphics Fairy

Thanks for stopping by. 
2805 Potpourri Friday


  1. I love what you did to the mailbox. It makes a very pretty vignette.
    I like your new header too. I have one of those old string holders.

  2. How cute is that old mailbox huh??? Glad you stuck with your stencils, and why would they call a product beauty rub and you can't put it on your skin, weird!


  3. Audrey, you have such an eye for unique and time worn looking treasures. Love, love this mailbos. Your white frame, lace hear, and pink baubles are so pretty also. You are not alone with the stenciling turmoil. I use to teach tole painting and sometimes we would do a project with a stencil. It is so common for people to use WAY to much paint. It takes very little. Maybe your first attempt wasn't what you wanted, but you sure nailed it on the second. Love it all!

  4. Aubrey, you never cease to amaze me. I really admire all of the detail that you put into your projects. This is a very pretty Valentine vignette. And thanks for the roses ;) No card necessary.
    Glad to have you at the Show & Tell party!


  5. p.s. Love your new blog banner. Looks great.

  6. that stencil
    is simple lovely

    so glad you shared at
    Fridays Unfolded!


  7. Hi Audry,
    I am new to your blog and really enjoying it. This is a fabulous post. I hope you will consider linking it up to Fresh-Cut Friday.
    It would be the perfect addition! :)


  8. How pretty, Audrey! Love the color, love the stencil and I love the number!

  9. Charming, Audrey! It's a lovely vignette! Thank you for sharing your lovely project at Potpourri Friday!

  10. J'adore !
    It's really a very nice arrangement.
    Merci pour ce joli décor,
    Bon vendredi, Mylise.

  11. I love your use of the mailbox, so creative. I can see it used in many different holiday vignettes.
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. Adorable! I love your vignettes! The mailbox is the cutest idea for a plater! What an adorable recycling project too!

  13. Audrey, I LOVE the mailbox planter and am pinning it!! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell party over at I Gotta Create!

  14. Thank you for joining in! I'm so glad you did! :)


  15. What a really lovely vignette you've created! I have never seen a mailbox used as a planter, but this has given me some ideas. The stenciling looks really pretty on your box, too.

  16. Love your blog! I can't wait to see more posts, am following.

  17. This is such a pretty Valentine display. Love the stenciling - subtle and lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Gorgeous! I love your projects. Found you through Homemaker on a Dime & I'm your newest follower!

  19. This is adorable! I love everything about it, the little flag, the stencil, the lace, well just everything! Thanks for visiting my blog, you always have the sweetest things to say! I hope it's ok, I'm pinning your mailbox.

  20. Such pretty displays! I love your mailbox planter, it's so creative!

  21. Hi Audrey, this is fantastic. What a fabulous job you have done in prettying up the mailbox. I love every little bit. Thanks so much for sharing. What a creative person you are. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  22. I have always loved mailboxes decorated for Valentines! This is so cute! What a great idea.
    Thank you for joining me for Home Sweet Home!

  23. You are featured today a Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  24. wow… nice collection of Valentine SMS i will send these sms to impress my gf

  25. How cute is that Audrey! What did you use to cut the top out? And... I pinned it to the repurposed junk board.

  26. Love the way you styled this, Audrey! I have one of those huge old metal mailboxes in the backyard. It might be time to bring it in and prettify it.

  27. I love your projects for Valentine’s Day! The stenciled mailbox is so pretty.


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