Jenna Templeton shares some snail mail favourites to inspire you to put pen to paper.
There’s nothing better than finding a handwritten letter in the mailbox. A long time fan of all things snail mail, one of my favourite things to do on a weekend afternoon is to write letters to my pen pals around the globe. I even decorate each envelope and make its contents unique with handmade stationery and pretty collected paper ephemera included in the mix.
I was first introduced to having pen pals by my family. It was a great way to get to know and keep in contact with my cousins who lived in England. I’d get so excited when I received a new letter and enjoyed writing back just as much. Even today, snail mail is a big part of my life – I wrote a little publication about it. It’s always a fun challenge to see what I can get through the mail and it makes me so happy when I see photos of my overseas friends holding the very letter I mailed weeks ago.
Getting the kids involved with letter writing, crafting mail art and being part of the pen pal community is a great activity to explore. It can give the little ones excitement as they discover a long-lost form of communication in the days where social media rules the roost.
Here are a few tools and materials to get the kids enjoying many happy mail days ahead:
1. Personalised Pencils
There’s nothing better than having your own personalised stationery to motivate you to write more.
2. Coloured Envelopes
Different coloured envelopes make a happy greeting to your recipient when they open up their letterbox and see a pop of colour.
3. Wooden Envelope Template
This will come in handy for making your own envelopes. Use different coloured paper or pretty patterned gift wrap for envelope making.
4. Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh
Snail mail is about spreading love through handmade surprises sent by post.
5. Washi Tape Set
One of my favourite craft tools and super handy for snail mail – you can decorate your envelopes with them or use to border and seal your letter.
6. Blue Little Mailbox
Use this sweet wooden mailbox to store all your mail sent by your friends and pen pals.
7. Border Stamp
Stamp the front of your envelope and use the centre to write your pen pal’s postage address.
8. Circle Stickers
I love using these to decorate my mail. When heaps are used, it looks like a polka dot pattern – such a happy print.
9. Happy Mail Day by Jenna Templeton
A little publication I wrote and published all about my love of snail mail.
Happy Mail Day is your visual guide to decorating envelopes, mail art, making themed kits, handmade stationery, paper-craft techniques, DIYs and penning a letter.
10. Pen Pal Kit
Everything you need to send a letter to your pen friend. This cute set includes writing sheets, postcards, envelopes, stickers and more.
Words + Styling: Jenna Templeton