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4 Totally Achievable Snail Mail Ideas

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So during the summer my friend Gude sent me a letter, she owns an online snail mail shop The Paperdashery and so unsurprisingly it was gorgeous, all pretty stuff and beautifully written and so I wrote straight back. Except of course I didn’t. I’m dyslexic and I have the absolute worst handwriting ever known to mankind and at 37 I still can’t hold a pen properly. Add to that the fact that the thought of making stuff pretty has a tendency to bring me out in a panic and the letter just didn’t happen. However with today being National Handwriting Day I was challenged to face my fears about my terrible penmanship and write to the people I owed mail too and actually with a few little things and some simple snail mail ideas to help it wasn’t that bad, maybe even fun?!

snail mail ideas painting envelopes

So first up was finding something to write in. The thought of a big blank piece of A4 and only me and a biro brought me out in a cold sweat so I decided the best thing to do was buy some sweet notecards and some bits to help me decorate the envelopes and make them more cheerful.

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I found the notecards, Djeco Sous La Mer stickers and Djeco kawaii stamps in Spencer Thorn in Bude which is a really nice book shop. The notecards were towards the back of the store and the Djeco goodies were on a stand in the middle of the shop.

spencer thorn bude

For my letter to Gude I chose to decorate the envelope with a mermaid theme. First I added some water to some blue and green Annie Sloan paints and then I used these to make a watery background. All I had to do once it was dried was add the Djeco Sous La Mer stickers and write the address on in my very best, slowest handwriting. I’m going to be honest and say I still found the writing to be a struggle but slowing down and having a pretty envelope made it seem much better – who’s going to worry about my letting when there’s a sparkly mermaid to look at?

snail mail ideas mermaid

Writing the notecards seemed a lot easier and quicker than I’d worried about so with my new found bravery I thought I would face up to the other bits of snail mail I owed people. Next up was my friend Tanis, this is probably my favourite of all the designs and it was the easiest and quickest to do too. I simple wrote the address on the envelope and then used the Djeco kawaii stamps to decorate all around it. Super cute, huh?

easy snail mail ideas My next snail mail idea used the notecards that I had bought from Spencer Thorn but I also used an old vintage map I’d bought in a charity shop a couple of years back. I knew it would come in handy one day! I wrapped the map around the envelope, cutting it to fit properly around the envelope flap and then stuck the address on top. I love the idea of this little map making it’s way back to Essex where I originally bought it!

snail mail ideas vintage maps

The last of my snail mail ideas came about when I was sat with my kids while they did some colouring, why not add some colouring to one of the envelopes? My drawing skills fill me with almost as much fear as my handwriting ones but pretty much anyone can draw a cloud, right? The sun in the corner makes it the perfect place to add the stamp too.

snail mail ideas cloudsI’m hoping the dose of pretty on the outside and the pretty notecards inside will help my friends excuse my handwriting, they’ll certainly be able to see that a lot of thought went into their post anyway! And making my post look cute finally took the pressure off my letter writing duties, hopefully I’ll start being a bit better at keeping in touch from here on too.

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10 Comments

  1. 24th January 2017 / 7:25 am

    Such pretty envelopes! I love the idea of writing letters more, but only usually do a few a year, but they make such a difference don’t they?

  2. 24th January 2017 / 11:09 am

    Gosh – reading your post has taken me back to the days when I had pencils across the world and we decorated our envelopes like this! You obviously had fun creating this post and it shows.

    • 24th January 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Yes it was a lovely post to write!

  3. 24th January 2017 / 1:25 pm

    You are so creative! I love the stamp envelopes and would love for a friend to send me such a thoughtful letter!

    • 24th January 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Aww, thank you – I’m really pleased with how they worked out!

  4. 25th January 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Loving these ideas, especially the one with all the stamps on, you are so creative. fab. Mich x

  5. 27th January 2017 / 5:25 pm

    What a lovely idea, I had a penpal in NZ when I was younger, I miss getting letters of the non-bill kind

  6. 3rd February 2017 / 9:58 am

    There us something very special about receiving snail mail like this. Lovely ideas xx

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