Making things from paper can be fun easy and you end up with a lovely final product from what started out as lots of bits.
Today I will show you how I made a happymail parcel for a friend using an old phone charger box!
I kept this box for a little while knowing I would be able to make something useful and pretty with it. I decided to turn it into a happymail parcel to send a few coffee samples to a friend.
This is what it started out looking like! Boring plain packaging.
To start off, I got pretty papers, scissors and glue. Simply choose some nice paper and glue it around the main body of the box.
A pretty easy start right! It stays just this easy too.
Next, I chose some washi tape to stick around the edges and a bit on the front to give some extra hold and design. As a crafter I have a box of washi tape and plenty to choose from.
You can find washi tape at most stationary shops and at most bargain/ pound / dollar shops.
I wanted to send some coffee samples. So I added the samples into the box to make it a bit more sturdy.
You can see the coffee coloured washi I chose and also the coffee inside the box. However there is a marking on the box telling us about the charger! Now I obviously didn’t want that to be on show. So I chose some embellishments and stickers to cover the markings and make the box look attractive and not at all like a charger box.
As I was enclosing caramelizedhoney coffee samples, I chose a coffee cup design and a bee to match the inside and outside of the gift.
I wanted to add a little tag to say who it is for and from. This is easily tied at the top of the box where there was already a hole.
You could then leave the box as it is with the coffee samples showing through the box. Or as I did, enclose a letter written on nice paper then fold the paper so the pretty side shows out through the clear part of the box.
And that’s it finished. A quick, easy and cheap way to make a lovely box to put a gift in.
Have you made crafty uses out of any recycled goods?
In my previous posts, I have shared with you reasons why writing letters is a good thing. See my 10 reasons to write a letterHERE! .
Today I will be sharing some ways that you can easily and very effectively decorate the envelopes of the letters that you write and post. Happy mail becomes happy to the receiver right from the moment they see it fall through the letter box. So for maximum joy, you could make your envelopes look pretty with easy to find materials.
You don’t have to have a big supply of crafting materials to decorate your envelopes. This one was done using wrapping paper.
Just stick it around the outside of the envelope while leaving space to write the address and it’s done. Easy but so effective. All it took was a little bit of wrapping paper. There are loads of designs for paper, so when you wrap your gifts consider keeping the edges for your envelopes.
Another easy way to make your envelopes look pretty is to use stickers. These are on sale in many bargain shops. ( The Pound Shop, Home Bargains, The Dollar Store or whatever your countries equivalent). Super cheap but immediately brightens your envelope and therefore bringing attention straight ways to the recipients happymail among the bills and junk.
If you want to be more creative, you could use twine or string and wrap it around the letter. Obviously make sure it doesn’t go over the address. ( Postie needs to see where it’s going 😉). You would be surprised how many things make it through the post in one piece. I got creative and tried different options.
Aside from wrapping paper you could use patterned paper. If you have stamps, you could stamp on your envelope. Stamps are very cheap and again available from the bargain stores. Use your imagination and the creativity will flow.
Ok for the next one, my bookish friends may be a little aghast at me…..but look how pretty. You can find cheap old books from charity shops /thrift stores. Tear a few pages put and stick them in a creative way. The outcome always looks great and you don’t need to be precise at all. I love this effect.
An idea that I came across recently from a youtuber video was to use napkins in your decoration. I was unsure if this would make it in one piece through the mail. So I tried it to see. My advice would be to take the layers apart and just stick down the patterned piece. I had a envelope travel from UK to France in one piece…. and the UK to New Zealand in one piece!
Just stick an address label on top and it looks amazing. There are so many cheap napkin designs and you can make them appropriate to the season or occasion too. ( birthday/ Christmas or interest design).
Another very cheap and effective option is to use cuts from magazines. This is a particular favourite of mine. It could be a picture of food, a view or words. Whatever you think your recipient would like.
As you can see you can mix up and use the ideas in combination for great effects.
Here are a few more examples of how I have decorated my envelopes. I hope I have inspired you to make your mail look attractive. Let me know if you already decorate your mail, if you have any tips or ideas to share with me. And which idea you might try yourself.
When I was younger I used to regularly write letters, cards and postcards to friends and family. Especially my Grandparents who loved to get mail from me. Now my Grandparents are not here to write to anymore. I decided to take back up my enjoyment of snailmail. 🐌✉.
So when was the last time you wrote or received a hand written letter? Do you even send postcards anymore?
Now that we can communicate via social media, text and whats app, I think many people don’t see the point of writing letters.
Here are some reasons why I think we should keep this method of communication alive.
10 Reasons Why You Should Write Letters.
1. It will brighten someone’s day to receive mail that is not a bill or junk mail.
2. You have to sit down and think about what you want to say to the person. This is calming and gives you time to focus on your relationship with this person.
3. If you don’t want to make the time for a letter, send a simple post card, just to say hi. The person receiving it will have a nice surprise and your card could be a picture of the area where you are. Or it could have a joke on the front. Either way, you will brighten their day. That in turn will make you feel good
4. There is such beautiful and cheap writing paper and cards available to buy. I got this cupcake paper from eBay. I made the stamp to go along with the letter as a matching theme.
5. If you are creative, you can design your own paper or card.
I made these papers with ink pads, water paints and stamps. Be creative and find your own ways. You will be surprised how relaxing it is. Plus you have a lovely blank canvas to write your letter on. The recipient will appreciate the effort you went to for them.
6. If you write to someone, chances are they will write back. Then you get a nice surprise through the post too. ( mail I sent out last week. I used a napkin to decorate the envelope. Don’t you think it would be lovely to receive this through the post as a surprise?).
7. It’s good manners to thank people for gifts. So why not write a thank you card instead of a text. It’s so much nicer to receive. I wish parents would encourage their children to do this. I always wrote thank you letters for my gifts as a child. I almost never get one back now if I send a child a gift. But thank you letters are not just for kids, adults could send them too. Wouldn’t you appreciate a letter to say thanks rather than a text or facebook message?
8. Sometimes you want to express yourself and it’s easier to do it in writing. A letter is so much more personal than an email.
9. Receiving a letter from abroad is special. If you chat to someone online who lives abroad, why not swap addresses and send each other a letter and something nice from your country.
My lovely friend Irena sent me these gorgeous goodies from Croatia and it really made my day to know she went out of her way to think about me and what I would like. Obviously you don’t need to send this much. A simple bar of chocolate or a bookmark with a little note would be amazing to receive.
10. It’s not called happymail for no reason. Letters are good to receive, so go on, brighten someone’s day.
Let me know if you write letters, cards or postcards. If you don’t, have I convinced you to send a letter. I hope so.
Writing and receiving hand written letters is now considered an old fashioned thing by many. What with social media being so popular and used by practically everybody, people rarely seem to write letters anymore. Its all texts, messenger, facebook and all the other many ways to virtually contact people.
But receiving a hand written letter from a friend or family member could really brighten someone’s day. Especially with all the bills and junk mail that comes through the post box.
I have been writing letters forever and I think it’s a lovely way to communicate with those that we are apart from.
At Christmas time I discovered that I could get a wax sealing kit. Since I got my kit, I have used it so much.
I got my kit from eBay, but they are available from loads of places, Amazon, Wish, Alli Express to name just a few.
The lot I have contains 1 stamp, a spoon to melt the wax and it came with three sticks of wax.
I have since bought lots more wax and another stamp so that I can have different designs.
It is so easy, relaxing and makes great results for sealing your envelopes.
Melt the wax in the spoon, pour the wax onto your envelope and press down with your stamp! Easy.
There are so many different ways you can accentuate the envelopes with these wax seals. Here are some of the ways I have used them.
Simple on its own stamps. You can use one colour or mix them up.
Wrap your envelope in string, ribbon or twine and put the wax over the tie.
Add a shiny stone, pearl or similar. I love this effect.
Look how pretty it makes the envelope look.
Add some sparkle to the stamp, either glitter while it’s still wet. Or eye shadow or similar sparkle when it’s dry.
You can add different colours of wax on the spoon for this lovely effect. I’m still experimenting to see which colours go best together.
Or just plain simple and lovely on their own.
What’s your favourite? Have you used wax seals before?
ChocolatePages began here 5 years ago. In the past 5 years, I have read and reviewed more books than I can remember. Books are still a great love and hobby of mine. But I have decided to add a little something extra to my blog.
I have a new interest and one I hope that you will find interesting and want to chat to me about.
My latest love is crafting, more specifically card making. Since I have started this hobby I have found that the snailmail / paper loving community is an imaginative,friendly and really supportive group, much like the bookish community.
As this is my blog to write about what I enjoy, I will now be including crafting along with my enjoyment of books. I hope my followers will continue to support me and embrace this addition to ChocolatePages.
Over the weeks I may show you cards and crafts I have made and received. I will also show you some techniques that I have learned along the way.
I have lots of ideas of how to bring this new element to ChocolatePages.
My name still stands for the things I love, chocolate, book pages and now paper pages!!
I look forward to sharing my passion with you.
To give you a little idea of what’s to come, here are some examples of my crafting pieces.
If any paper lovers, snail mailers or craft lovers are reading this, feel free to add any suggestions of posts you may want to read here.