Hello everyone! I love crafting and figuring out ways to make whatever comes to mind. Recently, I had this idea to create an advent calendar that was small enough to be mailed, but could still hold quality goodies/stationery. I tried one design and really hated the way it looked. (I can’t even bear to show the first rendition!!) But I soon thought to create mini envelope bundles to be mailed off just in time for the holidays! This flat advent calendar is great for friends, family, or pen pals!Continue reading “How to Make a Pen Pal Friendly Advent Calendar”
Making an embroidered card can be a fun way to personalize a card for anyone! Whether you make this for your pen pal or your other friends and family, this hand-embroidered card will make anyone’s day. This super simple technique is great to use for birthday cards, holiday cards, or fun pen pal gifts. It’s easily customizable and you can choose to mix and match your stitch types to create a beautifully unique card.Continue reading “DIY Pen Pal Gifts: How to Make An Easy Embroidered Card”
Spice up your next pen pal letter with an adorable DIY jigsaw puzzle. This fun little craft project can be customized to ANY theme for your next happy mail or simply as a fun side project for friends, kids, or partners. With just a few supplies and a little bit of patience, you can have a personalized jigsaw puzzle ready to be gifted!Continue reading “DIY Pen Pal Gifts: How to Make A Jigsaw Puzzle (With Pictures – No Cricut Needed!)”
If you’ve always wanted to start creating your own snail mail letters, but don’t really know where to start, this step-by-step guide is made for you! Crafting happy mail is such a fun hobby and can help you channel your creativity. The following steps are a framework for you to get started on your snail mail journey. You can either follow these exact steps, or jump around and see what works the best for you!
Let’s get started on this how-to pen pal tutorial!Continue reading “A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Create Your Own Artsy Happy Mail”
Sending your snail mail friends some goodies is always a fun way to spice up your pen pal letters. It adds a little flair to an already thoughtful letter, and best of all, your small extras don’t need to be costly! There are plenty of ways to DIY some pen pal extras to send in your next happy mail. One suggestion to tie the whole letter together is by matching your small gifts to your theme! Browse the list below for some inspiration and send your pen friends some unique gifts.Continue reading “50 Unique Goodies & Gifts to Send in Your Next Pen Pal Letter”
Breaking the barrier into the “artsy” pen pal world can be an exciting move! There are so many talented people creating wonderful snail mail art, envelope art, and cute little goodies. But once in awhile, we can experience some art block. Nothing looks good, everything feels wrong, and the design you’re trying to go for just isn’t looking the way you want it to.
Sometimes, you need a little inspiration to get the creativity flowing, and the best way to do it is with a reference point. This huuuge list of pen pal ideas is here to inspire you for your next snail mail letter. Maybe you don’t want to think too hard and just use one of the pen pal themes below, or maybe you feel inspired to create some envelope art loosely based around the themes. Whatever it may be, I hope that these pen pal design themes help you start crafting your next outgoing snail mail!Continue reading “100 Pen Pal Theme Ideas For Your Next Aesthetic Snail Mail Letter”
If you’re an avid stationery collector or a stationery addict, you know how difficult organization can be. There never seems to be enough space to fit all of your pens, markers, washi tapes, stickers, ephemera – and the list can keep going. But there comes a time in a stationery lover’s life where you need to organize it all before it takes over your crafting space! Below are a few DIY hacks you can try before investing in proper acrylic drawers, file holders, or trays.Continue reading “6 DIY Stationery Organization Hacks To Keep Things Tidy!”
Coming up with new and fresh questions can be challenging when you’ve written a ton of pen pal letters. I’ve compiled a list of one hundred questions to ask your pen pal for your reference. This list is not exhaustive, but hopefully it gives you some ideas when you’re feeling stuck in a rut! I tried to think of some unique questions to ask your snail mail friends to keep things interesting. Take a look below and save this list for your reference if you like these questions.Continue reading “100 Fun & Interesting Questions to Get to Know Your Pen Pal”
Writing to someone new and introducing yourself can feel intimidating. I totally understand the awkwardness you may feel when sitting down to finally write that letter. But worry not! I have a checklist that should take the pressure off of writing the first letter to your brand new pen pal. The list will be broken down into the two key components of the pen pal letter, as seen within the Instagram pen pal community. This checklist can be applied to e-pals, snail mail friends, or general online friends (like on Instagram!)Continue reading “25+ Ideas on Writing the First Letter to A New Pen Pal”
If you’re new to the pen pal community and have no idea where to get started, have no fear! I’ve compiled a short list of sites that are great for finding pen pals and fellow snail mail enthusiasts. Remember that there’s no pressure to send physical mail if you’re not feeling up for it. Keep reading to see how to find pen pals when you’re just starting out!Continue reading “Five Different Suggestions on Where to Find Pen Pals”