What I Put In My Letters 💌

It’s so lovely receiving a letter on it’s own; one that’s a couple of pages long and has someones true feelings and stories in, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that. But adding a few little treats here and there can really brighten up your penpal’s day! Here’s some of things I like to add to my snail mail packages:

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So the first thing I like to do is list the recipient’s interests/wishlist, which makes things a lot easier if I’m doing more than one letter at the same time. Obviously, the more you get to know a penpal, the less you need to do this, but I definitely find it useful for the first time.  I find the items that crop up most often are washi samples, stickers, small stationery items, tea and postcards.

To package washi, I like to wrap about 25 inches of tape around a playing card (I use a pack I bought in Spain which turned out not to be normal cards and so I have no other use for them anyway). I also love using small mail tags, I think they look so simple and cute.

For tea bags, I got an idea from a package I received in a swap. It’s a small origami pouch made out of one square of paper and doesn’t require any scissors or glue!

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First, make an even margin around the entire square so for example if it was 6inch x 6inch, make a 1.5inch margin. Fold down this margin, and then fold in the corners.

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Then, push the centre of the margin in and fold down, as shown.

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Repeat this on all sides and you should end up with something like this!

As a person who loves to travel, I find it quite easy to collect them from countries I visit. I have a couple left from trips to Portugal and Amsterdam at the moment, but I’m hoping to collect more this year. I also have a couple of Miffy postcards, which I bought on Amazon. Also I adore the “Greetings from” Postcard range on Postallove, they are so fun to send to international penpals! Of course, I also love sending colouring postcards. If they’re in a package, I sometimes send them uncoloured, especially if the picture might be fun for the recipient, but as a normal postcard I would send it coloured.

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A couple of extra items you could include in your package are:

  • small playlists (to show a small snippet of your music taste)
  • question sheet (to get to know your partner better)
  • post it notes
  • memo sheets
  • small writing sets
  • little envelopes

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I hope this gives you a few ideas, and I would love to hear some of your ideas! I love looking through snail mail accounts on Instagram, and it’s so useful for getting inspiration!

Natalie x

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