Hello, my friends!
I am SO excited for this post! Firstly, because I love pen paling and I can’t wait to share more ideas with you (see my two other penpal posts here). And secondly, because I reached out to Candi @ The Pen Pal Paperie last month, and she kindly sent me some of her lovely products for a review! But before we get started, I get to announce the winner of my maple syrup giveaway. . .
Lillianna! Woohoo! Congratulations, girl! I’ll be emailing you as soon as possible to discuss your prize. For those of you didn’t win; thank you SO much for entering! It means so much to me that you follow, read, and comment on my posts. I’m so thankful for each and everyone of you. 🥰
If you’re looking for more fun extras to send in your letters, envelope art inspiration, fun things to do with your penpals, and a review of The Pen Pal Paperie’s products, this post is for you!
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goodies and fun extras to send
I love adding special gifts to my letters! Finding flat things that don’t weigh much can be difficult, but these are things that I’ve sent or received and enjoyed.
- Washi tape samples
- Seed packets; both flowers and vegetables (perfect if you have a gardening penpal!)
- Color palettes
- Tea (This is my absolute favorite tea!)
- Quote cards
- Dried flowers (Drying your own flowers also works well!)
- Brochures & post cards
- Photos (especially seasonal photos; for example, in spring send bright flower photos!)
- Friendship bracelets
- Cute paperclips
- Stickers (You can also buy stickers of Etsy, but getting a pack from Amazon is so much cheaper!)
- Pretty sticky notes
- Flat keychains (This one is snail mail themed!)
- Socks/thin gloves
- Small boxes of crayons (I loved getting a set of crayons with my name on it! So fun!)
- Scrunchies/hair ties
envelope art inspo
Making envelope art is one of my favorite parts of having penpals! I’m not the best artist when it comes to actually drawing, but I’ve found it fun to decorate my envelopes and it adds a personal touch to each of your letters!
This one is so simple and so springy! I just doodled some simple flowers on the front and back of the envelope, and then carried the whole flower theme through the letter.
I liked how the first one turned out so much that I did it on a white envelope, too. XD It was the same flower doodles, but a bit of a different font (that I sort of hate how it turned out) but fun just the same!
I did this for my cousin and she loved it! It was super simple to draw some green leaves and sprouts, and then I finished it off with watercolor pencils.
fun swaps to do with your penpals
Looking for some fun activities to do with your penpal? Here’s my favorite ideas!
Book lists. Simply write out a list of your top ten/fifteen/twenty favorite books or books you just finished and if you’ve read the same book, discuss it! A great way to lengthen your letters and get to talk about books at the same time.
Memorize a chapter of scripture together. My pen pal Chloe and I are doing this right now and it’s been such a blessing! It’s a wonderful way to dive into the Scripture, while also keeping it fun and having accountability.
Color a picture together. I haven’t done this myself, but it seems like it’d be really fun to do! One penpal sends a drawing, and then you take turns coloring it.
Swap writing prompts. I did this with my pen pal Katherine and it was so fun to read each other’s writing. We both sent prompts with each of our letters and then with our next, we mailed each other what we wrote. I’m definitely going to do it with one of my pen pals!
Get a wax seal kit. I use mine for every single letter I send because it’s so much fun to use. I have this kit and this stamp. It takes a bit to figure out how to get it exactly right, but once you, do it’s amazing to have!)
Play tic-tac-toe. (And get the award for the longest tic-tac-toe game ever. XD) Someone starts the game, and then you each take a turn with each of your letters.
Exchange prayer requests. This is such a special thing to do and can really grow your friendship; just asking ‘how can I pray for you?’ is a small thing but it can make your pen pal’s day. ❤️
Swap recipes. My penpal Anna and I did this during the fall last year and we swapped season recipes, but I’m definitely going to do it again because it was amazing. We each then made the recipe we sent.
Write a letter in a notebook. Have a tiny notebook floating around that you haven’t used? It’s the perfect chance to write a letter and send it to your penpal! If write short letters, you may have to rip out a few pages, or your penpal can just reply back in the notebook. Super fun!
the penpal paperie review
As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, I reached out to Candi @ The Pen Papaerie and she kindly offered to send me a couple of her products! I got her spring PDT labels, stationary, stickers, and personalized address labels.
The shipping was very quick and timely, and the package was nicely wrapped! She also gave a discount for your next order which is always a plus.
So when I first got the package, I didn’t realize that I was getting custom address labels, and I was so happy when I got them! I had been thinking about just printing a set of my own, but I never did it, so when I opened up the envelope and they were in there, I was thrilled!
The only thing that I don’t like about this stationary is the line spacing; this is something that drives me crazy about most stationary, and I was hoping that this set would be different. All in all, though, I love it! It’s so pretty and fun, and super springy. I still have stickers left which I’ll save for next year since they are Easter related.
I’d highly recommend all of Candi products; she has a really pretty wildflower theme right now, and I’m planning on buying from her shop again!
now, it’s your turn!
What was your favorite idea from this post? Do you have a penpal? Are you going to check out Candi’s shop? Do I have too much washi tape? Let’s chat in the comments!
~ Pearl Christine
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