Even in this age of technology everyone loves receiving snail mail….well, as long as it isn’t bills! Seriously though, when you open that mail box and find a pretty colored envelope addressed to you, doesn’t it just bring an instant smile to your face? I’ve been working harder at getting back to this long lost sentiment, and right now I have been focusing on Halloween Snail Mail for Kids.
In one of my posts last week, Flat Skelly Skeleton, I introduced a fun Halloween project for kids that can be mailed out. This post builds upon that and gives you some ideas for follow-up “Skelly Snail Mail” you can send after you mail out Flat Skelly. However, even if you have not mailed Flat Skelly, you can still use these fun ideas to surprise the kiddos.
Hand-Made Envelope With Craft Inserted ~
I used a standard sized (8.5″ X 11″) piece of colored card stock to create this envelope. The package can be decorated any way you wish if you are hand delivering. My grandchildren live close so that is the method I chose. You can still make this if you will be sending it in the mail, just do most of your hand decorating on the opposite side so you have ample space to address it.
- Place card stock in horizontal position
- Fold bottom up 3/4 of the way
- Crease the folds nicely by running a pen along the edges
- Fold sides in about 1/4″ on both right and left sides
- Crease folds
- Fold top portion down
- Tape left and right sides down to secure (making sure to leave top open to put mail in)
The skeleton theme is being used on all of our mail this week since we have dubbed it “Skelly Mail.” You obviously can use any Halloween images you wish, but following a theme does make it fun! For the first package, I inserted a fun stained glass craft. As always, choose whatever fun item you want to put in the package, but I am including a link below so you can see what I included:
These were a fun little activity that the kids really enjoyed and are so very cute to let them hang in their bedroom window, kitchen window or wherever you would like to display their artwork! (Halloween is almost here now, but still check out this fun link to look at their other holiday choices for Thanksgiving and Christmas….get them ordered before they run out!)
Skeleton Hand with Treat ~
Here we printed out a skeleton hand image on a standard (8.5″ X 11″) sheet of white card stock. We then carefully cut around the hand to cut out most of the white space.
Use this free link to print out your own copy of the Skelly Skeleton Hand ~ Skeleton Hand Full Size Image to Print and Cut.
I cut the space between the index finger and thumb apart so that I could insert the Halloween treat. This makes it look as if the hand is actually holding the treat.
These fun ring suckers were found at our local grocery store. However, if you cannot find them and act quickly enough, you can still get them delivered on time by using this link ~ Skeleton “Sugar Skulls” Lollipop Rings. I plan to use the extra for our trick or treaters!
Pumpkin Tags ~
To add extra flair, attach a fun tag in a way that it is dangling from the skeleton’s hand. You can create your own or I have made some for you to print out for free. Bonus…these are cute but basic enough that you can use them for quite a few different things! Print them out on cardstock…you will get 4 per page!
Use this link… Free Pumpkin Tags. Once you have printed them, use a marker to write the recipient’s name. I then wrote “5 Days ’til Halloween.” This will add extra excitement for them to know they can officially start counting down the days until it is time to go trick or treating!
What’s Next You Ask? ~
As you can probably assume, I plan on adding a new fun delivery each day. Be sure to tune in each day to see what I have added to this post! I will be sure to give detailed directions for each creation! I’m not really sure who is having more fun this week…me creating the daily mailings or the kids receiving them! This Halloween Snail Mail for Kids is a lot of fun!
I hope your week before Halloween is filled with lots of spooky fun! 🎃