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How to Send Delightful Mail (and Have Fun Doing It)

We couldn’t let National Letter Writing month pass us by without pulling together some tips from the ultimate snail mail expert Lucy Halcomb, also known as Lucy Mail.

The author and artist behind two of our new spring titles, Here’s to You! My Incredible Friend and Love You More than Cake CardsLucy specializes in adding the perfect DIY touches on letters and envelopes to make receiving mail all the more special.

Here's to You! My Incredible Friend by Lucy Halcomb

Cards by Lucy Halcomb

Read on below for eight tips from Lucy on how to up your snail mail game and put a smile on any recipient’s face.

1. Just send something, anything!

Yes, it’s fun to send exactly the right card to exactly the right person, but the best part of getting mail is the fact that it shows up in your mailbox. Anything personal will be special—a postcard from the souvenir shop below your office, a handwritten letter stuffed into a security envelope. Can’t think of anything to say? Write something that you would usually send as a text message, something that made you think of the other person or something funny you saw. Anything that’s not a bill or a catalog is worth celebrating in my book. Which leads me to my next point…
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb

2. Always have stamps on hand.

Buy from one of several online shops for beautiful vintage stamps. Or shop the new releases on the US Postal Service website. Shipping is a very small fee (less than $2), you don’t have to actually go to the post office, and you’ll always have a stamp when you need one.
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb

3. Stock your stationery drawer.

If you see a cute card, buy it now and figure out who it goes to later!
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb

4. The brighter the better.

It’s so fun to see a brightly colored envelope peeking out from your mailbox. My personal stationery drawer is filled with solid colored envelopes and blank flat cards to decorate and customize for any occasion.
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb

5. Collect odd sizes.

Use envelopes of all different shapes and sizes—square, rectangular with the flap on the short side, glassine!
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb

6. Decorate it.

If you have markers, paints, colored pencils, etc, add a little something to the outside of your envelope. A simple heart on the flap side of the envelope makes it feel super special. Or cover it with multicolor dots, stripes, zig zags, etc. Play with adding your own liner envelope liner or paint one yourself.
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb

7. Get creative with addresses.

Oversized, undersized, huge name/tiny address. Whatever you used to decorate the back of your envelope, extend it onto the front.
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb

8. Send a surprise small package.

It doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Send a sheet mask in a padded envelope or a book you just finished via media mail.
Illustration by Lucy Halcomb

Now you have an excuse to make every month National Letter Writing month. Happy snail mailing!

Lucy Halcomb

Lucy Halcomb (aka Lucy Mail) is a New York-based artist with a passion for snail mail. See more work by her at

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  • Cindy R. May 2, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Great tips! I’m going to send someone a postcard instead of a text. Really good idea. Also, love your art!!!


  • Therese Bell May 11, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Rubber stamps are an easy and cheap way to decorate envelopes and stationary.. Soldiers always a letter from home. A link to a site offering vintage stamps would be helpful since I don’t know of any. I also appreciate your art. Thanks


  • George Peter June 7, 2018 at 5:17 am

    I really loved the design. These are really amazing & creative.


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