A Creative Idea for Snail Mail

Who doesn't love receiving letters and packages in the mail? This is such a creative idea for snail mail. I'll show you what I added to my artsy snail mail package @littlegirldesigns.com

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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.

Who doesn't love receiving letters and packages in the mail? This is such a creative idea for snail mail. I'll show you what I added to my artsy snail mail package @littlegirldesigns.com
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.

Who doesn't love receiving letters and packages in the mail? This is such a creative idea for snail mail. I'll show you what I added to my artsy snail mail package @littlegirldesigns.com
Then I cut out some watercolor paper, rounded the edges using this tool, 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.)

Who doesn't love receiving letters and packages in the mail? This is such a creative idea for snail mail. I'll show you what I added to my artsy snail mail package @littlegirldesigns.com
After the tags, I added in a few decorated clothespin magnets from my newly made collection. You can click here for the tutorial; it’s so easy!

Who doesn't love receiving letters and packages in the mail? This is such a creative idea for snail mail. I'll show you what I added to my artsy snail mail package @littlegirldesigns.com
Then I added the star bunting and heart envelope with a little note inside that I shared on the blog last week. Wouldn’t this bunting be cute strung between two toothpicks as a cake or cupcake topper? The stars are the size of a dime!

Who doesn't love receiving letters and packages in the mail? This is such a creative idea for snail mail. I'll show you what I added to my artsy snail mail package @littlegirldesigns.com
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.

p.s. If you’re a lover of all things letter-writing, check out The {10 Minute} letter-writing retreat. It’s an eBook full of prompts, tutorials, and printable stationery. I like to think of it as a gift to yourself that keeps on giving. :)

Do you send little treasures in the mail?

33 thoughts on “A Creative Idea for Snail Mail

  1. This is such a great idea! I know I would love to receive something like this. Thank you for linking up to The Creative Exchange! We will be featuring your project this week.
    xo, Laura

    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! Your card class (on your site) looks so amazing! I used to get together with friends to make cards and it was so much fun. :) Have a great day!

    1. Glad you liked it! I love snail mail so much too!
      p.s. Reading your road trip post this morning reminded me of my trek from Colorado to California years ago. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. What a wonderful idea. And I like that you can be creative with your gift. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

  3. What a great gift idea! Not only can you be creative as the gift giver, but the receiver is encouraged to be creative as well! This has got me thinking of gifts I can give. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re so right–It was an interesting creative challenge (but really fun) to think about gifts that would fit into a small little pocket. Once I got going though, I could barely stop. Isn’t there a saying about creativity leading to more creativity or something? Have a great weekend! :)

  4. This is absolutely adorable! I love this! I especially love the clothespins! I was trying to figure out something for my mama for mother’s day and this may be something I use, so thanks!

    Kristin // The Peculiar Treasure
    athisfeetdaily.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks, Kristin! I think she’ll really love it–I had so much fun finding little treasures that were just perfect for my mom. I might just make another one for mother’s day too! :) Have a great weekend! :)

  5. What a fun idea! As fun as it already is to get mail, this would make it ten times as exciting! By the way, I love the clothespin idea. My sister and I go to a conference (http://www.westminsterkpt.org/bwsc/) every year where there’s a tradition of putting clothespins on people without them noticing. The other day she made a big batch of them, and I know she can’t wait to use them! Thanks for the idea!

    1. Oh my goodness, that is so funny about clipping clothespins to people’s backs. At least they’ll be cute ones, right? Love it! Have a great day! :)

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