Most people like getting snail mail, don’t you think? I know it’s not very common these days, but what is still common is the joy most people get from creative snail mail created especially for them. Who doesn’t love to find a handwritten note or card among the bills and junk mail?
Of course, that mail doesn’t have to be decorated or fancy – a simple handwritten note is a joy in itself to receive. But, pretty, artistic, creative snail mail ups the fun quotient. And, sending pretty or fun mail is for everyone, not just kids.
Now that we are all at home a lot more, it’s a good time to send a little mail joy, and it’s a great quarantine activity. It’s also a way to show appreciation to essential workers and love to relatives and friends.
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There are so many ways to make sending snail mail fun, for both kids and adults. Sealing wax, rubber stamps, embossing, handmade cards, creative lettering, glitter pens, beautiful postage stamps, all make the recipient feel special.
Here are some ideas to get you started!
If you like paper art and creating handmade stationery and cards, this book has some beautiful projects. It’s a lovely book with tutorials for creative ways to keep in touch. The projects focus on creating a lovely presentation. Geared more toward adults and young adults, but there are still projects for children, too. It’s been one of my favorites.
This next book is one that has a much younger vibe and would be great for kids, but I think it’s fun too! I don’t have this one in my own collection, but it struck me as a fun one to have during quarantine, especially if you’re home with kids. It would be a great way to get kids enthused about sending fun mail.
This book, Good Mail Day, is for those who love artistic expression using collage, postcards, rubber stamps, and other recycled elements to create mail art. (There is a whole community focused on this kind of art, and it’s fascinating.)
A fun way to send mail is in a handmade envelope. They’re easy to make. There are so many different kinds of paper that can be used for this, including scrapbook designs that you print yourself. See a tutorial here.
Dress up your plain stationery or envelopes with stickers. Even at my age, I still love stickers, both for my journals and memory books and for my mail. Even a plain piece of paper or envelope look more fun with stickers.
Or use some washi tape. I like this pretty beachy one, probably because I’m longing for the beach.
And, this is one of my favorites, and is over 4 inches wide!
There are so many ways to use washi tape on envelopes and stationery. Frame the address with some narrow washi tape. Put strips across the back flap. Use the wide washi as a backdrop for an address label. Use stencils or punches, and back the cutout portion with washi. Get creative and just have fun with different patterns and styles.
Using rubber stamps is an easy and fun way to decorate stationery and envelopes.
If you know me, you know I’m drawn to florals and botanicals. (I’m sure you’ve noticed by now!)
Wax Sealing Stamps
Sealing letters with wax sealing stamps has always been another of my favorite ways to decorate mail, (even back in the day, when I was sealing penpal letters.)
Write your letters and cards with fun pens of different colors and textures. Some of my favorite pens are Pentel gel pens, Inkjoy gel pens, and Pentel brush pens. These Pentel Sparkle Pop gel pens are especially fun, if you like some glitter. And, of course, fountain pens!
It’s the perfect time to revive the practice of sending real mail, and I hope I’ve given you some ideas and inspired you to create some fun and creative snail mail to brighten someone’s day.