Nobody likes to receive boring letters. Everytime I see a white DL envelope I straight away think about bills, notices and other annoying mail. Once in a while I will receive a brightly coloured or patterned envelope (usually a wedding invitation) which I will eagerly open. It made me question why we don't make our envelopes more interesting when sending mail. I love receiving snail mail and the sight of a pretty envelope in my letterbox makes my day. So I decided to do some research on simple ideas to make envelopes more appealing.
The humble envelope dates back to the time of the Babylonians of 2000B.C. Back then, clay was used as a wrapper to protect important and confidential documents. The document was wrapped up with clay and then baked until solid. The only way to access the items inside was to completely break the clay wrapper. How's that for keeping things private!
Nowadays we have the privilege to fancy up our envelopes as much as we want. The sky is the limit. When I was in Perth and participating in the art markets, I would make and sell envelopes created from vintage children's story books, atlases and music pages. They were an instant hit and I had a lot of customers telling me they would send snail mail to friends just so they can use the upcycled envelopes. It reminds me that it's always the little things that count.
I have been experimenting with different ways to jazz up the plain envelope. Whether you would like to use it for invitations or to send a letter, an interesting envelope sets the excitement for the contents inside.
There are plenty more ideas on Pinterest and lots of DIY tutorials too. I highly recommend having a look around if you're interested in this! Mail Art is also a good thing to search, there are some incredible designs out there!
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