The Art of Sending Snail Mail

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:

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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.

Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 6.36.18 PMIf 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.

Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 6.35.43 PMStand-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.

Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 6.36.41 PMThese sharpies are a must for addressing envelopes amongst other tasks. Every organized girl’s dream!

Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 6.35.34 PMFinal 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.



3 Comments on The Art of Sending Snail Mail

  1. Amy G
    November 11, 2014 at 12:48 am (9 years ago)

    I loved this post! I am a stationery designer and my specialties are lined envelopes and embossing. I love your ideas for dressing up envelopes with stamps, markers, and stickers!

    • thedressdecoded
      November 11, 2014 at 2:03 am (9 years ago)

      Just checked it out, great stuff! Love the floral print one and the striped one. Envelope linings are the best. 🙂

      • Amy G
        November 11, 2014 at 2:28 am (9 years ago)

        Thank you for visiting my shop, that means a lot to me 🙂 Love the blog, so glad I found you on Instagram!


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