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Have you ever thought of an awesome idea for a gift that you couldn’t wait to put together only to find out that it has already been invented (in this case, named and trademarked)? I honestly couldn’t get this creative snail mail idea out of my head so I decided to make it for my mom for her birthday. I sent it earlier this month and it has been received and loved (thanks, mom!) so now it is time to share it with you. On a side note, it was also very well loved by my nieces who oohed and awed when my mom opened it. Now I know what I’m making for them this year.
My idea was to gather several small items and place them in the pockets of a baseball card holder. If you’d like to make something like this, you don’t have to limit yourself to a baseball card holder, however. Project Life pages as well as any of the varieties of small and large photo storage holders available at craft stores would work perfectly. I chose to include a few extra items so my finished package ended up going into a larger envelope rather than a business size envelope.
I did notice that the smaller items did need to have some sort of backing or else they kind of awkwardly floated in the pockets so I cut watercolor paper to size (as well as a small piece of tissue paper for a pop of green.) Here is a glimpse of some of the items I included. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to try this for a sweet little snail mail gift for a friend.
First, I made a Watercolor Bird Bookmark and drew a little branch and some clouds on a watercolor card so the bird would have a home. I didn’t attach the bookmark though you could add a tiny piece of double-stick tape to keep it in place.
Then I cut out some watercolor paper, rounded the edges, and hole-punched them to make DIY watercolor gift tags. My mom is such an amazing artist; I can’t wait to see how she decorates these (and I’ll be honest and admit I’m hoping to see one of these back in its finished form.)
After the tags, I added in a few decorated clothespin magnets from my newly made collection.
And then, the star bunting and heart envelope with a little note inside that I shared on the blog last week.
I also added in a sheet of coloring paper (I love how there are so many fun adult coloring books available now), a Starbucks gift card, dark chocolate, a sample of dukkah (an amazing spice mix), a journal, and a watercolor brush. On a side note, have you ever used a watercolor brush? You fill the reservoir with water, twist it back onto the brush and as you paint, you can squeeze the brush slightly and more water is added. I have a very small one that came with a watercolor set and love it.
This snail mail gift was seriously so much fun to put together I can’t wait to start collecting items for the next time.