How to Make a Super Simple Pocket Letter for Your Pen Pal!

I LOVE pocket letters. I love making them, I love following #PocketLetter on Instagram, and I DEFINITELY love opening up my mailbox to find one inside.

I’ve posted some PL’s on the blog before, but today I thought I’d show you an easy way to dip your toes in the water of this particular paper-craftin’ phenomenon. This method is especially fun if you have a pen pal and want a little inspo on something new to send their way.

So, for a more in-depth tutorial, and links to buy the pocket sheets, check out this post. But a quick run-down on the basics —
* each sheet comes with 9 “pockets”
* use your stationary stash to decorate each pocket to your heart’s content
* throw in some goodies for the PL recipient
* give the whole thing a theme or don’t — this is YOUR creation

Let’s take a look at this super simple pocket letter I created for a pen pal —

When you’re just starting out, it can help to give each pocket a “role” to guide the decorations and goodies. These can include —
* TAGS
* TEA
* STICKERS
* LETTER
* EPHEMERA
*MAIL TAG
* HOLIDAY
* WASHI
* and more stickers! 😉

Following that formula, here’s a look at the goodies in the back…

If you’re sending to a pen pal, the most important components are your letter and mail tag. But isn’t it fun to include some other surprises?!

The best part about pocket letter creation is digging deep into your stash and sharing with a friend. Think about the kinds of things your pen pal likes, their favorite colors, what they might appreciate. (For example, I’m pretty sure those vintage V-day stickers and macaron page flags will be a hit with mine!)

You don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of supplies to deliver these mailbox treats either. I happen to be a bit of a washi and sticker collector. But if you’re not, use whatcha got on hand. Use up old wrapping paper, cut images out of a magazine, hand letter a sweet mantra. You get the picture!

Do you love sending and receiving snail mail? Tell me what you like to send in the comments below!

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5 thoughts on “How to Make a Super Simple Pocket Letter for Your Pen Pal!

  1. I’m interested in any kind of snail mail stuff. I’m an old man who grew up when first class mail was king. And my mother always had a few pen pals writing to her. Later after she retired and my father passed she became serious about the pen pals and round Robins. She even participated in a hankerchief exchange. My latest discovery is Mail Tag.

    I’ve been hammering computers for 35 years, authoring magazine articles and such. I’d like to slow down and correspond with a few smail mail-ers.

    Best wishes on this blog. I think it’s a worthwhile project. Stick with it. The has to be others of like mind, tired of passwords, usernames.

    Scott

  2. Oooh! Your pocket letter looks so pretty & thanks for the tips on what to put in them! 💞 I’ve always liked the idea of a pocket letter but have never actually made one – I’m very tempted to try now, thanks for the inspiration! Great post, Autumn x

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