As technology has progressed, the art of sending letters has quickly become a thing of the past. I loved having pen pals when I was little, but once texting and email was introduced, I stopped mailing as frequently. It wasn’t until my friend, Carolyn, encouraged me to send mail that I took up this lost art once again. I now exchange letters with five friends who have moved away that I still keep in touch with. Carolyn started this trend of encouraging her friends to mail letters and now dozens of them do so!
Getting a letter in the mail is a thousand times better than receiving an email or a text. There’s something unexplainable about getting a notecard in the mailbox to brighten your day. It’s just as enjoyable to send a little note back. Here are my tips for sending the best snail mail:
You can find notecards many places, but my favorite place to find them is at TJ Maxx. They’re inexpensive and really cute. If you want to send a fancier letter, try getting an envelope that’s lined like the one above. Here’s a similar one.
If you really want to impress your friend, use a wax seal to close your letter. I usually reserve wax seals for my Christmas cards to give them extra flair. The sealing wax I use is inexpensive and really easy to use.
Stand-out stamps are a must for a stand-out letter. No need to cut out technology completely from the process as it is a lot nicer to buy stamps online. It’s about a dollar for shipping and the options are way better. These vintage circus poster stamps are my new favorite.
These sharpies are a must for addressing envelopes amongst other tasks. Every organized girl’s dream!
Final details – I sometimes use the letter stickers to “monogram” my friend’s initials on the back of the envelope. You can wrap the letter in baker’s twine for an added touch (although you’re not guaranteed it will arrive with the letter.) The stamp with your letter and address is a great investment as it makes putting your return address on cards both easy and classy.
I hope that you will brighten up a friend’s mailbox or two with a lovey note.
Take the time to drop them a line.