DIYideas uses vintage shutters as great catchalls for both art and mail. Martha Stewart has an instructional video DIY here. This is a funky way to create a sort of a frame for your mail and miscellaneous paper ephemerata.
This ingenious idea on DIYideas retrofits a birdcage into a mail center. By snipping strategic wires from the front of the cage, adding shelves, and (of course) giving it a good clean, this birdcage becomes a sleek mail station for a front entryway or desk.
Destroying a book for its images or cover irks us quite a bit, and the outcome has to be really, really worth it for us to consider wrecking a perfectly good hardback. This idea technically leaves the book intact--so we're happy! By folding the pages of a hardcover book in half, an adorable and rather sculptural mail and picture holder is created. Over at Curbly this seems to be the easiest DIY, and definitely one of the coolest!
DIYideas repurposes iron grates from old homes by painting them and affixing them to the wall. Giving old materials new life always makes us happy, and these will go almost anywhere for a great mail-catching solution.