Stone-covered mailbox–so easy to do!

Hi, folks! I have been so busy crafting, lately, that I haven’t spent much time blogging. But, I’m back with something completely different. No greeting cards, today! I tried a crafty idea that I saw on Pinterest (feel free to check out my Pinterest page).

I saw a really cool craft on Pinterest–stone-covered birdhouses. The idea comes from Empress of Dirt: Creative and Frugal Garden Ideas. It’s a great site, check it out!  But firs, have a look at my take-off on this nifty idea.

Here is my new stone-covered mailbox–the only one of its kind in the neighbourhood!

First off, I have a wooden mailbox that my husband bought me at a crafters’ marketplace  about eight years ago. That mailbox has given me more crafting pleasure! I have painted it several colours and one summer I even decoupaged on it…which looked great until the decoupage bubbled and then sort of fell off. So, when I saw the stone birdhouses, I immediately thought of my mailbox! Anyway, here’s how I did it…(just so you know, it took me 30 minutes to do the front and 15 minutes for each end).

I know this photo is at kind of a weird angle, but I think I was at kind of a weird angle when I took it–LOL. Anyway, if your mailbox isn’t painted, I would advise doing that, first.Next, you will need a caulking gun and some construction-strength caulk. I used Lepage’s PL Premium 3X Stronger Caulk. This particular caulk dries to a smooth and shiny finish, in a taupe-beige colour, which blends in beautifully with the rocks (as you will see in the photos that are coming up). I bought the pretty polished river rocks at the dollar store.

 

Two important things to note, at this point: wear latex or rubber gloves, because this caulk is so sticky you’ll never get it off your hands! I wore latex gloves, which gave me a snug fit and lots of flexibility. Second point is be sure you DO NOT buy Lepage’s Advance PL Premium 4X Stronger caulk. It does not dry smooth and shiny! It is dries gray and spikey, which really ruins the effect we’re going for. My last tip is to be sure to put enough caulk on your project so that when you put the rocks on, it will squish up to fill the gaps between them.

Here is my mailbox in progress. The third, and very important point, is to do only one side at a time and let it dry flat. This way, the stones will have time to set into the caulk as it cures. Repeat this for each of the two ends and Bob’s your uncle! It does take three days to complete the project, because of the 24 hours required for the caulk to set  on each of the three sides (remember NOT to do the back or you won’t be able to attach it back onto your house! LOL!)

To complete my project, I painted the top in a warm colour to match the rocks. A couple of coats a Varathane (or whatever you have on hand) and you now have the most unique mailbox in the neighbourhood! In fact, the next time you take a stroll or drive through your community, look to see if you can find anything that will rival  your hand-crafted stone mailbox!

Oh, and I almost forgot…I did make a birdhouse, too. I bought a small unpainted birdhouse at the dollar store and gave it a couple of coats of paint to seal it. And then, I just covered it with stones in the same fashion as I did the mailbox. Unfortunately, I had run out of that beige 3X wonderful caulk and when I went back to Home Depot, the man who helped me sold me that icky-poo-poo gray stuff. So, you will see how different the finished effect is. I haven’t decided what I’m going to put on the roof–tin, twigs, etc. Anyway, it was all a learning experience and fun, fun, fun! 🙂

P.S. It just occurred to me that the birdhouse was vertical the whole time I was attaching  the rocks and it remained vertical while the caulk cured. So, maybe you CAN do all three sides of your mailbox at the same time. It would be so much faster, and ready to put back outside the next day.

4 thoughts on “Stone-covered mailbox–so easy to do!

  1. Hi Gloria! Love the mailbox and birdhouse. Regarding the 3x caulk, does it only come in beige or do you have to specifically look for that color? Thanks for the tutorial. Terri

    • Hi, Terri,

      Thanks for the nice feedback. The caulk does come in different colours, although I’m not sure how many. Talk to the folks at Home Depot or Lowe’s–they really helped me find the right stuff. Good luck with your project!!!

      Gloria
      🙂

  2. I love it. It really does look great. I was wondering if it was very heavy or does it just look solid? I have a mailbox that looks like a little old lady driving a horse and buggy. My husband made it for me.

    • Hi, Jill,
      Thanks, so much! I’m really happy with the way my mailbox turned out. The mailbox is, obviously, a bit heavier than a plain wood mailbox, but certainly not to heavy to hang on the porch wall. The polished river rocks are pretty light and, when spread out across the mailbox, they really don’t add that much weight.

      We now have the most unique mailbox on our suburban street!! You may have noticed the photo of the matching birdhouse…I still have to put the twigs on the roof. Ahhh…such fun with twigs and rocks and such!!!
      Cheers!!
      Gloria
      🙂

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