Another good thing about messenger bags is that almost anything can be made into one, including mailboxes. In this Instructable (Which is my first one), I'll show you how to take almost any old mailbox and turn it into a very usable and stylish messenger bag in only a few minutes.
Before you begin, you might want to make sure you have a few of these materials lying around:
An old mailbox (Post mount boxes work better then wall mount ones)
An old strap or fabric to make into one
An old towel your willing to get dirty
x2 Screws (Not to big but not to small)
Step 1: Finding a Mailbox
But, if your more like me and don't have a steady supply of mailboxes, then the best places to look are in the trash and in thrift stores. Both of these places are filled with things you would never expect, and there are usually quite a few mailboxes in both of these places.
I found the mailbox I used for this Instructable in the trash. There were about ten there, because an apartment complex was doing a major renovation to their buildings. Which involved throwing away all the tenants mailboxes for no apparent reason.
Step 2: Clean your Mailbox
Take a damp cloth and wipe the mailbox off on the inside and out. You'll be surprised how much dirt, and spiders, that you can get off with just water.
Step 3: Finding a Strap
Finding a strap for the box should be a lot easier then finding the mailbox itself.
A good strap should be around four feet long, but the length will vary depending on the length of the mailbox and your height. For my box, which is only 19 inches long, four feet was just enough.
The best things to use for a strap would be an old strap that broke off something else, such as a backpack or other things close to that. You can also use a piece of old fabric, but just plain fabric is much weaker, and usually doesn't look as good.
The strap I used for my box came off an old golf bag, which was laying in the trash right next to the mailbox.
Step 4: Attach The Strap
First, pierce both ends of the strap near the edge, but not to close to the edge of the strap.
Then, using your rotary tool (or whatever it is you have to use) make two holes in the mailbox, one near the front, and one near the back. Both holes should be on opposite sides of the box, and they should be positioned right where the box starts to curve (Near the top).
After that, if your mailbox is still in one piece, use your washers, screws, and nuts to attach the strap to the box.
Step 5: Use It
So take it out into the world, and enjoy the very confused looks and compliments from complete strangers.
I apologize for the lack of step by step pictures, but when I made this I didn't expect to make it into a Instructable. But I decided to try it after using this bag for the first time and getting a lot of very confused people telling me how they love my mailbox. Hopefully people tell you the same thing. Just the people's reactions alone make this whole project worth it.