mail art

Mail Art

Lately I’ve been doing some mail art. By lately I mean for the last year or so. I think I’m a lot happier when I am doing something artistic and creative on some level so I decided to take up this hobby.

Mostly I just make fancy envelopes and send them out to mail art calls and swaps that I’ve signed up for. Here’s an example:

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But last year I found this wonderful blogger and her 13 ounces or less series. Basically, any thing that is less than13 ounces you can affix postage and a label to and drop it in a mailbox. There are lots of examples of what you can send, like a frisbee or flip flops. In particular, I found this post about mailing plastic eggs, and I was hooked. The mail artist in me was born.

I actually sent my niece an egg for Easter last year and had every intention of blogging about it. But, I didn’t. And…I lost the pictures I had of it.

So I decided to start all over and send some more eggs this year.

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I was actually not very inspired to make these until just this morning. I sort of had it in the back of my mind to send my niece another egg, even though she is a tween and maybe too “cool” for this kind of thing anymore. But I was at Party City today looking for tiny egg fillers for my son’s little egg hunt I like to do, and I found the piece de resistance.

A moustache lip balm. In peppermint. Two of my niece’s favorite things of the moment. Perfect.

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And I figured while I was at it, I’d get a couple of these cute Hello Kitty lip gloss necklaces they had and do some for my friend’s daughters.

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And here they are, all taped up with postage and ready to be mailed.

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There is still time to do this for any long-distance little ones (or big ones) you might know! For each small egg it cost $2.07 in postage. The larger egg was $2.58 but I had a few extra cents on there because I couldn’t find my two-cent stamps.

You can get postage prices at the USPS website with their handy dandy Postal Calculator.

Happy Mailing!

 

 

 

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