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Envelope Art for the Unartistic

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As you will no doubt know by now, I enjoy my snail mail. I love sending letters out into the world and it’s great to receive pretty post in return. I find that the delight of discovering a little happy mail in my post box often begins with a pretty envelope. It will look nothing like a bill or junk mail, it will look tempting, friendly and inviting. I do also run regular pen pal sign ups here, which I absolutely love (you can check this page for details of monthly activities).  I have a Letter Writing Love board over on Pinterest that is just chock-full of beautiful and inspiring images. I’d love to create and send post like that, but the snag? I’m completely unartistic. I can barely draw a stick man, let alone the wonders that I see over there and on Instagram. But I have my ways, so today I wanted to share with you a few ideas for prettying up your snail mail envelopes that are nice and easy to do and require zero artistic abilities, envelope art for the unartistic!

Envelope Art Supplies

The key to this will be your supplies, so I’d recommend any and all of the following…

Writing and Wax Sealing Set

washi tape

Pens and Stickers


Any envelope can be made to look lovely with washi tape, stamps kit, stickers, a wax sealing kit and brightly coloured pens, such as fineliners and gel pens. Of course you do not need all of these things, so I’d suggest a pack of gel pens and a couple of rolls of washi tape to start you off. Check out my Pen Pal store on Amazon if you’d like more inspiration.

Envelope Art

You can then play around with labelling envelopes, decorating them and sealing them, with a few of these ideas:

Write the name and address is bright colours. Alternate colours for a pretty effect.

Stamp the name on the envelope.

Use stamper kits or stickers to brighten up a plain envelope.

Washi tape to seal the back or closure stickers. Or go for something a bit different such as a wax sealing kit.

Run washi tape down the sides of the envelope to create stripes.

envelope art with stampers

Envelope art

envelope art with washi

So not a doodle in sight, but the envelopes still entice and look pretty going in the post. These all only take a matter of seconds to do, so do go on and decorate your envelopes.

I have vlogged about envelope art today, so do pop over to my YouTube channel to rummage through my supplies with me, find out more about them and to take a closer look at the envelopes. You might also enjoy this Easy Mail Art Idea, I had lots of fun putting it together.

Do you send snail mail? If so, how do you pretty up your envelopes?

You might also enjoy Getting Started with Snail Mail and Where to Find Pen Pals 

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