Suzy's Pelican Mailbox

When friends of Suzy Hindley bought their dream home, she thought she would give them a unique housewarming gift.

‘They needed a new mailbox, and my friend loves pelicans so I happily offered to make one for her,’ says Suzy.

She came up with 2D images on paper, then transferred them onto 12mm marine-grade plywood. She cut out the pieces with a jigsaw and painted them.

The pieces for the box were scribed out, then the screw holes predrilled and countersunk. A vice was used to hold it together while it was glued and screwed.

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Suzy made this pelican mailbox for just $66

Suzy pre-painted the inside of the box to seal it, then attached it to the pelican, nicknamed Mr Percival, before painting it.

She spent $66, with the paint accounting for most of the cost.

‘Mr Percival is now happily living in Currimundi,’ she says.

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Suzy’s gift was inspired by her friend’s love of pelicans

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Suzy used her DIY skills to create a unique mailbox