One of Bart’s goals this year is to send something by real, physical mail every month.
A few weeks ago, we decided that our January recipients would be his sister’s children (this choice may have been in part because we had the audacity to birth a red-haired baby, while his sister, who has gorgeous red hair, has five darling blondies).
As we thought about what we could send that would be 1) fun, 2) inexpensive, and 3) something that Ella could assist with, I remembered seeing this gorgeous image on Pinterest a few months ago:
|image from Kojo Designs|
I showed them to Bart, and he immediately agreed that we could make this a mail-friendly project.
We pulled out a bunch old magazines, found the most colorful pages we could and let Ella go to town with the hole punch:
This instantly became Ella’s new favorite pastime. She asks almost daily if she can “make some dots” which means that all of my magazines have holes along the edges of the page and I’m vacuuming on a near-daily basis.
When we had a good little bunch, we emptied out the hole punch and gathered them up:
Then we took our small balloons (we used all colors, rather than just clear) and stretched them a bit. We take our balloon-stretching very seriously around these parts.
I held the opening of the balloon wide and Ella dropped in as many dots as she could and then I shook them into the very tip of the balloon.
The best part of sending balloons by mail?
Someone else has to do the actual inflating of them (even the thought of
blowing up balloons makes my cheeks ache).
We added name tags and ribbons for Ella’s cousins to attach to each balloon after they were blown up:
And then put it all in an envelope, slapped on a stamp and voila! Party in an envelope:
I think these would be awfully fun for Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped balloons.
We only finally put ours in the mail yesterday (scraping in under the wire for January), so Heather, if you’re reading this, expect it to arrive at your house in a couple of days. And good luck blowing up all the balloons.