Mail Delivered




Introduction: Mail Delivered

All mail boxes have a flag to tell the mailman that there is mail to be picked up. However, if you don't have any outgoing mail and the flag raised, how do you know when the mail has been delivered without walking all the way to the mailbox to check?

This is the absolute cheapest and easiest method possible. Simply create a flag that pops up when the mailbox door is opened. I have made these with stainless steel spring wire and metal coat hangers. Either works, coat hanger is cheaper and available, stainless steel wire is harder to find but will last for decades.


Coat hanger or stainless steel wire

Needle nose pliers or suitable substitute

Couple of machine screws with nuts

Fishing swivel or more wire

Something dangly

Step 2: Bend One End

Cut the wire to about 1.3 times the
length of your mailbox and bend a sort of safety pin hook in one end.

Step 3:

Make sort of a figure 8 or 2 hole bend at the other end of the wire with openings just big enough to get a machine screw through the hole.

Step 4: Dangly Thing

Add a fishing swivel or piece of wire with some kind of dangly thing. Could be a small fishing lure, a large bead, a wine cork, anything that will hang on the end and be captured by the closing of the mailbox door.

Step 5: Attach to Mailbox

Attach the wire to the back of the mailbox with the machine screws and nuts.

Step 6: Add Flag

Add ribbon, bright plastic tape, whatever will show up from as far away as you are able to see the mailbox.

Step 7: Capture the Flag

Capture the dangly thing when you close the mailbox door. Depending on what your dangly thing is, you might have to grind or file a slot in the lip of the door for it to be able to close properly. Don't make a slot in the body of the mailbox or your dangly thing might get caught and not pop up the way it is supposed to.

Step 8: Mail Has Been Delivered Cause I See the Flag

When the mailman opens the mailbox door, your new Mail Delivered flag will pop up and you can see it from your house. Hope this saves you a lot of wasted time and energy.

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    I did this very same idea years ago, however my mail delivery person didn't like the way it whipped back and forth when activated- he was afraid it might strike him so I dismantled it. Be advised the Postal service may stop your delivery if it is felt a hazard to personnel exists.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The one in the first photo has been up for a couple of decades. No problems with lots of different mail delivery people.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Glad to hear that, really, it's a great way to signal activity. My mail guy was in Illinois, he might've benefited from using Maui- Wowee too. ☺


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I'm imagining the first time your mail person found out you were using
    this. Probably scared him/her a good bit. Did you at least put a note on
    the front as a warning?

    Also, I love the idea.