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How To Make a Mailbox Messenger Bag

Messenger bags are a great way to carry your things with you at all times. They can hold almost anything you feel like shoving into them, and can still be easier to carry then a backpack.

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)
x2 Washers
x2 Nuts

 
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Step 1: Finding a Mailbox

Picture of Finding a Mailbox
If your lucky, you'll already have an old mailbox somewhere around your house.

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

Mailboxes can get pretty dirty while collecting our mail in the rain, snow, sun, and every other kind of weather you can think of. Spiders also like to make their webs inside of mailboxes, where they don't catch many bugs, but may catch a package or the postman's hand once in a while.

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.

scoochmaroo4 years ago
Cute idea. Is it heavy?
0Ihavenousername0 (author)  scoochmaroo4 years ago
Not at all. It looks heavier then it is.
Very unique.  I bet you could sell a ton!
0Ihavenousername0 (author)  scoochmaroo4 years ago
Thanks. I don't think I could find enough mailboxes to sell them though. I just got lucky and found all the materials on one walk, then figured out how to put them together on the walk home.

Even though I could probably never sell them, I'm still happy if other people make them too.