Silly? Sure. But this DIY project isn't just a creative way to make use of discarded electronics. Because in the end, you'll have a recycled mailbox that's waterproof and can easily handle medium-sized packages and week-long-vacation-sized loads of mail. It's silly, but it's brilliant.
All criticisms of the big-box retailer aside, we're really impressed with the way Best Buy's made recycling your old electronics gear really easy with pre-sorted front-of-store kiosks. But while you can recycle your cell phone, printer ink cartridge and rechargeable batteries up there for free, you'll probably need get creative when it comes to getting rid of your old microwave green-guilt-free.
Get creative is exactly what Instructables user HenryBasenji did with his old microwave.
After removing most of the electrical and mechanical guts from inside his dead microwave, HenryBasenji painted it with a "Whoa, that's a flame" flame design and mounted it to a pole outside his dwelling.
We've got to admit the flame design turned us way off when we spotted this. But the virtues of having a microwave as your mailbox—a shield against the elements and more than enough space to receive a package or stash a week's worth of mail—definitely made us reconsider its usefulness. Let us know if you want to try this with a more, uh... subtle paint palette.