Curb appeal obliviously starts at the curb of your home, so don’t start the Christmas décor and Holiday cheer at the front door, let it start at the curb on the mailbox for a warm welcome to all who visit and pass by. This inexpensive Christmas décor idea is for a rural, stand alone mailbox, but can easily be adapted for decorative use on a lamp post, fence post or anything else that is curbside.
Start with Cage-Type Florist’s Foam
Blocks of cage-type florist’s foam are surrounded with a plastic grid and are best for use outdoors. Two blocks of cage-type florist’s foam are needed for this project. Soak the florist’s foam in water until completely saturated, then attach two pieces of ten inch long green florist wire to the top of each block (longer lengths of wire will be needed for an over-sized mailbox). Attach one piece of wire near the front of the florist’s foam block, securing it around the plastic cage, and the second piece of wire near the rear of the foam. This will create a saddle that will straddle the top of the mailbox.
Cut Greenery From Your Yard
Any greenery growing in your yard will work. Cedar, pine, boxwood, holly, magnolia, hemlock are easy to find choices. Cut the stems of the greenery at an angle so they will be easy to insert into the florist’s foam. Begin placing the longest pieces of greenery into the florist’s foam, followed by coarse textured greenery, then fill in any gaps with short, variegated pieces of greenery.
Top the Mailbox Off with Fruit
Use a few Christmas citrus fruits to top the mailbox arrangement off with a punch of color. Choose a few small sized fruits and attach them to the mailbox arrangement with wooden food skewers. Wooden food skewers can be cut to the desired length, poke one end of the skewer into the bottom of the chosen fruits and the other end into the florist’s foam. A large Christmas bow can be added if desired.
Water the Mailbox Decoration
If rain fall is scarce during the Christmas season, water the mailbox decoration once per week by pouring a pitcher of water directly on top of it. The greenery should last for about four weeks, if any greenery begins turning brown, pull it out and replace it with fresh greenery.
Cage-type florist’s foam and green florist’s wire can be used as the base for curb side Christmas décor using greenery from your yard on almost any stationary object in front of your home.