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#Papercraft using recycled packaging. #snailmail #happymail

#Papercraft using recycled packaging. #snailmail #happymail

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 caramelized honey 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?

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2019 in crafts and paperlove, Uncategorized

 

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Creative Ways to Decorate your Envelopes. #snailmail #paperlove.

Creative Ways to Decorate your Envelopes. #snailmail #paperlove.

In my previous posts, I have shared with you reasons why writing letters is a good thing. See my 10 reasons to write a letter HERE! .

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.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2019 in crafts and paperlove, love

 

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Something New for ChocolatePages.

Something New for ChocolatePages.

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.

 

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