Today I have a treat for you all, the lovely Bec from Handmade & Home has been busy creating a gorgeous DIY project for my readers - a snail mail folder, which is perfect to pop in the post to your pen pals. It's super cute and a nice easy tutorial too, so enjoy. Be sure to go and visit Bec too, on her pretty blog, as I know you will especially LOVE the beautiful crochet projects over there and I think you'll have a field day looking through her archives. Bec also has an Etsy store, so be sure to have a visit there too, it's full of beautiful things. Righty-ho, over to Bec.
Love Mel xx
Hello One Crafty Mumma readers, and thanks for having me Mel! My name is Bec, and I’m happy to be here today as a guest poster. I live on the coast in the Great Southern of Western Australia with my family, and I blog over at ‘handmade&home’ about all things crafty and homely. I’ve been creating and making things for as long as I can remember, and my love for yarn crafts and sewing was fostered from a young age by my Mum and also my wonderful dearly departed Oma (grandmother). I like to keep my hands busy, and always have lots of different projects on the go, along with hot cups of tea! My new tagline for 2015 is ‘be creative every day’.
Last year, via Mel’s Creative Pen Pal Swap, I was re-introduced to the joy of ‘snail mail’ and pen pals. Today I’m sharing a cute snail mail project for a folder using glassine bags that you can use to send letters and goodies to your own pen pal! They’re easy and fun to make, and there are so many options for customizing.
- 30x30cm piece of decorative scrapbooking paper or cardstock
- 3 glassine bags or small paper favour/coin bags
- Assorted stationery items & embellishments
- Length of twine or yarn
Step 1: Cut a strip of decorative paper slightly bigger than the width of your bags, to use as the cover for the folder. Fold in half. Depending on the thickness of your folder, you may need to make a score on the front cover – around 1cm from the fold, so that it is able to be folded back and opened easily.
Step 2: Insert the bags sideways into the cover – stacked on top of each other, with the openings on the right hand side. Trim the tops of the bags if necessary so that they fit inside the folder. I used scalloped scissors and trimmed off around 4.5cm.
Step 3: Decorate the cover, and the bags if desired. I used an assortment of scrapbooking ‘ephemera’, washi tape and stamps. When complete, place the bags back inside the folder.
Step 4: Using a pencil and ruler, make 3 marks equal distance apart on the front cover. Using a hole or eyelet punch, make 3 holes through the cover and the bags.
Step 5: Cut a length of twine or yarn, and thread through the holes to create a ‘spine’, which will secure the cover and bags together.
You’re finished! Fill the bags inside the folder with a letter and some goodies! If you want to ensure nothing can fall out, wrap some twine around the whole folder and finish with a bow.
Pop in an envelope, and send it on its way to brighten someone’s day!
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