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.