RevitaliZing a mailbox with vinyl (and a few fun tricks!)

A few days ago, I went to check the mail and noticed how horrible the numbers on our mailbox were. Time for a little spruce up!


There are so many cool tricks you can do with vinyl.  Today, I’ll show you how to add a little “texture” to your vinyl.

I started with some of our outdoor decal vinyl, (Like our table cloth? Pretty fancy, eh??)

Next, I crumpled it up, creating lots of fold lines. Then, I flattened it back out.

TIP: You don’t have to ball it up as much as I did. I’d recommend playing around with this, to find what suits you best.

After loosely flattening my vinyl, I brought it out to the backyard and gave it a light coat of black spray paint. When doing this, you want to spray from 2 – 3 feet away, and at an angle. It’s important that you only spray from one side. Otherwise, it will ruin the effect. Also, you don’t need much! We’re not looking for a solid coat of paint. Just enough to make a variation of color.

TIP: Krylon is my spray paint of choice. Other brands might work, but I find Krylon never fails! Also, don’t be afraid to play around with different colors! I used a dark color on a lighter vinyl. It works using lighter paint on darker vinyl, just as well. You can even create a neat marble or granite appearance. 

Here’s a closeup of the finished paint job:

Next, I applied my vinyl to a 12″x12″ cutting mat. You’ll want to use a brayer or squeegee to get the vinyl as flat as possible. I used a squeegee, but a brayer might work better, because it wont scratch the paint.

TIP: When cutting crumpled up vinyl in your cutter, I recommend slowing the machine down and doing 2 passes. This is because the vinyl will have some uneven spots, which may cause the cutter to “skip” over a few places. Due to the amount of crumpling I applied to my vinyl, I ended up having to touch up a few spots, with an Exacto knife.

I included an additional border of grey vinyl, to add a little contrast between the red vinyl on my black mailbox. I find the easiest way to create a border, is to lay a completely solid bottom layer. I created my design in Make The Cut, using the shadow tool.

TIP: If you need to create a patch, like I have, use your cutting mat to hold the bottom layer of vinyl. It will stabilize the vinyl and make the entire process a bazillion times easier!

Lastly, I applied my painted red vinyl on top of the grey border. I used a paper transfer tape, but we also have a clear plastic transfer tape, if you want a clear view of what you’re applying your vinyl to.

The finished product:

20 thoughts on “RevitaliZing a mailbox with vinyl (and a few fun tricks!)

  1. Pingback: RevitaliZing a mailbox with vinyl and a few fun tricks! « TeamKNK - KNKUSA.COM :: KNKUSA.COM

  2. Looks great Chad…don’t think I have it in me to crumple the vinyl though, but I will try the paint. :O)

  3. Great idea, Chad!!! Fun way to add some extra pizzaz to plain viny. I’ve heard that you can also emboss vinyl with the embossing templates. BTW, I do like your table cloth.

  4. I love this idea. I am new to the Zing and am amazed at what it can do although I am still trying to cut basic cardstock with problems. Nevertheless I will keep at it

  5. Love this idea and your directions are great! Did one for a friend but it doesn’t look near as nice.

  6. I NEVER would have thought to crumple and paint vinyl before cutting it! I love the look you came up with. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love. love, love this process and really like how the numbers turned out. The mailman should have no problem finding you know. Maybe you need to apply this technique to your store… so the FedEx guy doesn’t miss it. 🙂

  8. Chad,
    Thanx for the vinyl tips. I never thought of crumpling and spraypainting the viny;. That is a really nice effect.

  9. Really AWESOME, Chad. I never thought that I could crumple a vinyl that this still would work great. Great job and idea.

  10. I still have vinylphobia!! I have all this vinyl but am afraid to cut it!! This would be a great project as our mailbox needs replacing after all the hail damage and numbers would be great on the new one. Need a serious vinyl intervention. I’m so good with designing and cutting paper. (sigh). Oh well maybe tomorrow 🙂

    • Oh sorry, GREAT project!!!!!! I love the crumple and paint idea. You do inspire me to try!! 😀

  11. AmaZING project, Chad! Would never have dared to crumple vinyl but sure will try it now. The spray paint created an awsome finish. Best looking mailbox numbers I have every seen!!!!

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