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.
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?