Inbox tutorial…kind of

posted on January 21, 2010 by  |  posted under Crafting, Decorating, Organization  |  23 Comments
Inbox tutorial

I made this last year for one of the craft groups that I had at my house!  Craft group rocked:)  I didn’t take any pictures along the way, but I will explain the measurements and the ‘how to’s’.  This was such a fun project to do.  Not only did it turn out very chic, but it is super functional and leaves the paper mess off the table, desk,{{floor}}!!

1.  Use a 1×8 pine board.  Cut it 24 inches (or have the hardware store do it for you).

2.  If you have access to a router.  I used a plain router for the line at the top.  It is one inch down.

3.  Paint the board your favorite…well the color that will look best with your decor.

4.  Call your local metal shop and ask them to get you the mail slots. (They were only a couple bucks per slot)

The measurements are:

Back: 6 inches

Bottom: 2 1/4 inch

Front: 4 inches

Width: 6 inches

(Hint: See if they can fold back the front lip so it won’t have a sharp edge.  If they can’t do that just sand down the corners)


5.  After you get the metal.  Pre-drill a hole in the top corners.

6.  Place the metal mail holders on your dried board and place about 1 inch apart.

7.  Drill the metal to the board with whatever size screw you have available:)

8.  Drill two holes in the top of the board to hold your handle.  If you need handles contact mytalkingwalls.  She has them!

9.  The Vinyl sizes:

mail:  2×3

inbox: 4×2 1/4

outbox: 5×2 1/2

10.  Admire as you get all the mail off your table!

Another lady wanted ‘coupons’ instead of outbox.  She kept all her coupons in the slot!  You can customize it to whatever you need…and save a ton of $$$ doing it on your own!

You can also mod podge the metal in chic paper!


    1. January 21st, 2010 at 12:17 pm
      Katie Johnson says:
      LOVE this idea! Where did you get the cute black metal decorative holder that has the wood hanging from it?
      • January 21st, 2010 at 12:32 pm
        Alison says:
        go to and tell her you want one. I think she charges around 5$
    2. January 21st, 2010 at 1:14 pm
      Chante says:
      I'm just curious where you ordered your metal. I just called a local metal shop in Lehi, UT and they said they don't' fabricate? So I'm just not sure how to obtain the metal pieces!
      • January 21st, 2010 at 1:42 pm
        Alison says:
        Contact I know she can get you some! Just send her an email and she can ship them to you. SHe knows how to ship for cheap too!
    3. January 21st, 2010 at 1:36 pm
      Rebekah says:
      this is so cute! thanks so much for posting it, i was looking at it in the last post wondering how you did it!
    4. January 21st, 2010 at 3:22 pm
      Norma Lee Good says:
      Such a good idea and I love how it's "thin" so it can fit in any skinny spot or fit just right on a wall so it doesn't take up the whole wall! Great idea!
    5. January 21st, 2010 at 3:35 pm
      Haley Hill says:
      Thanks so much for posting the tutorial! I really want to make one of these!
    6. January 21st, 2010 at 6:14 pm
      Natalie Kay says:
      I've been needing something functional to sort my mail... I always end up with a stack in my kitchen. This is too cute not to make! Thank you for the tutorial!
    7. January 25th, 2010 at 6:39 pm
      cindy says:
      Cute cute cute. Did I mention cute?
    8. January 26th, 2010 at 8:03 am
      Whatever DeeDee Wants says:
      Darling idea!
    9. January 26th, 2010 at 3:38 pm
      Laurie says:
      Holy Cow! This is so beautiful. I've Facebook and Twittered it! Thank you so much for playing with us on Talk To Me Tuesday! I'm so excited to order myself one. {{completely giddy}}
    10. January 27th, 2010 at 7:57 am
      solstice letters says:
      I really love the look of this. My hubby has recently taken up woodworking. Hmmm...
    11. January 27th, 2010 at 11:28 am
      oh amanda {impress your kids} says:
      SUPER CUTE. And I love the font you used on the front. I need this---my piles of STUFF need this!

    12. January 30th, 2010 at 1:02 am
      Cathy says:
      I need to join your craft group. :/
    13. January 31st, 2010 at 12:32 pm
      Kristin says:
      I clicked over from Tidymom for this. SOOOOOOOO cute. I think you should sell them. Just sayin'. : )
    14. April 2nd, 2010 at 10:31 am
      Cherie Nelson says:
      Love this! Thanks for sharing!
    15. May 12th, 2010 at 6:47 am
      cynthia francis says:
      I love it that is so awesome. I need all the help i get in organization lol
    16. June 22nd, 2010 at 8:18 am
      Stacy says:
      Oh how pretty! where did you find this font and how are the letters put on the metal???
      • June 22nd, 2010 at 9:20 am
        Alison says:
        The font was from and it's vinyl lettering! Super easy to put on:)
    17. November 29th, 2011 at 8:50 am
      Lisha says:
      My FIL made this for me and I got my handles from Mytalkingwalls. My only concern is that the ribbon will hold. What did you use to hang it? Is it just a black nail?

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