Writing lettings to strangers from around the world has been a favorite pastime of people young and old for decades. One of the best parts of mailing a letter to a pen pal is jazzing up the envelope so that your recipient gets a nice surprise when he or she opens the mailbox on the day your letter arrives. If you’re new to the art of pen palling, use these ideas to dress up your envelopes.
Cute stamps and stickers are the most affordable ways to create unique envelopes for your mail. Look for stamps or stickers in your favorite colors and styles, but also think of your pen pal’s interest. If you can find something he or she would like specifically because it related to a hobby or interest, these items will brighten his or her day even more.
Writing the addresses on envelopes in calligraphy or another script-type font adds a beautiful element that not many people can accomplish. If you don’t already know how to write calligraphy, plenty of tutorials are available online. Remember to practice on paper for a while first to ensure you don’t ruin your envelops. If you’re worried, try drawing the letters very lightly with a pencil first and then tracing over them.
Sure, you could simply write your address on the corner of the envelope, but where’s the fun in that? Creating your own address labels gives you plenty of creative options. Tiny Prints offers a range of labels, including round ones, rectangular ones, and a favorite of many, the wrap-around label. Wrap address labels start on the address side of the envelope and extend around to the other side for a bit of added decoration. Check out the Bright Celebrations label if you love rainbows and other pops of color.
"I did not know what wraparound labels were so I looked it up online. Still, it was by trial and error that I figured out how to orient these labels on the envelopes that came with the matching cards. *See photo Other than application instructions, my only suggestion to have the option to orient the type perpendicular to the design so that the address appears vertical vs horizontal."