The aim of this post is to provide some inspiration to anyone wanting to become a penpal.
You don’t have to start by writing to strangers – why not start by writing to someone you already know? I am sure they would be very pleased to hear from you!
There are some great reasons to send someone a letter:
- Just to say hello
- A nice surprise – better than a bill or junk mail
- Send a smile – let someone know you’re thinking of them
- It’s more personal – handwriting is so unique
- Keep old traditions alive
- Share good news
Like many hobbies, if you go and buy everything you think you need, it can become very expensive. I would recommend that you start with just a few basics, see how you get on, and then maybe think about what you really need to buy.
Here’s what I suggest as a good starter kit:
- Plain A4 computer paper: you can use as writing paper and also for envelopes
- A nice pen: one of those 4 in 1 biros are brilliant (like the one in the picture above)
- Paper clips or staples: clip or staple things to your letter
- Sellotape and glue: needed to secure handmade envelopes and for sticking pictures to your letter
- Scissors: for making envelopes and for cutting up things to stick on
- Magazine cuttings and paper scraps: make your own embellishments and envelopes
- Envelopes of different sizes (I am going to be sharing how to make an envelope on my craft blog in a future blog post)
- Plain white address labels: for the front of the envelope and the return address
- Postage stamps!!!!
Once you have got your stash together, you may need some ideas of what to write. You don’t need to write anything too personal, especially if you’re writing to a stranger. You don’t have to write much to begin with either. Try these ideas:
- Start with the date and time and what the weather is like
- A favourite quote
- Movies watched
- Books read
- Lists of anything
- Use doodles and magazine cuttings to decorate the page and the envelope
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Wonderful #incomingmail from lovely friends yesterday @gittejulie @dortesjs @m.s.widya @wanderingslug @les.curiosites.de.jenny thank you so much, please let me know whether you are happy for me to show the contents of your way here on IG 😍😘 #snailmail #friendmail #handwrittenletters #bestkindofmail #birthdaymail
You could draw a template and photocopy it at your local library if you are sending lots of letters.
Here’s an example from Pinterest:
Stay safe! Be sure that you can trust the person you are giving your personal details to!
When sharing photographs of mail you have received or are sending, remember to disguise any personal details (yours and those of the sender/recipient)!
When you have finished your letter, make sure your envelope is addressed correctly, properly sealed and include a return address. Check that you have paid the correct postage as your recipient will be charged the excess otherwise.
I will be sharing some examples of things I have made so please subscribe to my blog if you want to see more. There are always lots of pretty things on Pinterest and Instagram if you need inspiration. I would also suggest you subscribe to my friend Lavrax as she is a newbie penpal, and I just know her ideas are going to be fresh and exciting!