Red, white and blue exterior paint for metal and brushes, or spray paint
Painters masking tape
Tracing paper / shelving plastic
Primer if the metal is unpainted
Mask the hardware on the box with tape. Sand the box lightly to accept
the new paint, and dust of the residue. Brush on primer and paint, following
manufacturer's instructions. Let dry with the door open. Paint the mailbox
white, again letting it dry with the door open.
Draw and cut out a star pattern. Trace 6 stars onto the back of
shelving plastic and cut them out.
Using the photo above as a guide, outline a 4" wide blue field on
the side and top at the front end of the box with pencil and tape measure.
Place painter's tape firmly along the outer edge of the line. Protect the
rest of the box sides with taped down paper if using spray paint. Pell off
the backing and stick the stars evenly spaced firmly on the blue field.
Paint the door and field blue. Let the paint dry to the touch and remove the
star masks. Then let the paint dry thoroughly.
Cut a piece of shelving plastic to fit over the remaining sides and top
of the box. Working from the center out, draw evenly spaced wavy stripes on
the back of the plastic. Cut out the stripes and stick them to the box;
remove the ones to be painted red. cover up the blue field with tape and
paper. Paint the stripes and the back of the box red. Let the paint dry,
removing the masks as before.