February 5, 2015  

Happy Mail! Send a fun & thrifty snail mail package

I love some good ol’ snail mail, and I recently went beyond a simple letter and mailed a little package to my sister to thank her for helping me paint our dining room and as a little gift for her birthday. The best thing about this is she opened her mailbox to find this bright package waiting for her. The second best thing about this is that it’s made out of an empty Crystal Light plastic container. These containers are perfect for happy mail. You can stuff them with little trinkets and fun items, then just tape it shut and it can be mailed as-is. No need to wrap it or put it in a box!

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I used my Silhouette to cut out a fun shape for the address and used packing tape to fasten it to the container. Add a bit of washi tape and it’s instantly a colorful gift.

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Fill it with anything that fits, but keep it under 13 oz. and you can mail it as First Class Mail through the USPS. This package cost me $2.50 in postage. I packed it with some fun office supplies since my sister shares my obsession with them 🙂

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Tuck in a letter (using supplies from your snail mail box), snap on the lid and tape it shut! Then it’s off to the post office to send your happy mail on the way to its lucky recipient.

Who can you send happy mail to? Fill their mailbox with an unexpected package. It will brighten their day and make a big impression when they find it sitting among a pile of white envelopes and junk mail.

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  1. I love this idea! Do you have any good silhouette tutorials? I was given one last year {ok, that’s a little embarrassing} and have barely used it. Mostly because it feels like a beast to conquer and I need somewhere to start… well that and a little time.

    1. Thanks! I only just got my Silhouette for Christmas so I haven’t done anything elaborate yet that warrants a tutorial, but definitely stay tuned for some in the future. This was one of the first things I cut. I found this shape pre-installed in the library so I pretty much just inserted my card stock and hit the cut button. I’m finding that you just have to experiment so you get more comfortable with it. There are lots of tutorials out there! Lauren at http://www.thethinkingcloset.com posts tons of great ones. My problem has been deciding on a project and going for it. There are so many possibilities!

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