Print Your Own Stationery

Who doesn’t enjoy receiving a hand-written envelope in the post? Picking it out from the boring envelopes, the anticipation of reading the contents: thank you notes, invitations, news filled catch ups or “I saw this and thought of you” snippets. The joy of receiving these hand-written treasures can never be matched by the ping of an email.

Sure, it’s far easier to send an email or text. Type, ping, forget. But who keeps and re-reads emails or texts? Where’s the tactile experience of opening an email? Holding an envelope, you feel the weight in your hand, maybe you examine the stamp or the postmark. Perhaps you recognise the handwriting; the loops and swirls, the slant, scribble or neat printing that reveal character in a way that a type written address can never reproduce.

Writing a letter is a creative act as you choose the paper, select a pen, compose your thoughts and set them down. Then you have to find an envelope, work out the postage and go to the post box. This all shows care and takes effort.

Print your own fold and send mail using fruit

 

 

So, make someone happy and brighten their day by sending them a hand-written letter instead of an impersonal text or email and make it even more special by making your own stationery.

One of the easiest ways to decorate your own stationery is with vegetable prints.

Printing with fruit and vegetables is a perfect introduction to printmaking. You need hardly any equipment, yet you can produce some amazing results and it’s so simple that a young child can do it.

carrot, wild pear, orange skin, carrot, apples, rhubarb and knife for printing

All you need to do is to chop up a few vegetables or fruit, dab on some paint and press it onto a piece of paper. If you haven’t done vegetable printing since your schooldays and need a reminder, read our simple guide to fruit and vegetable printing here.

Envelope printed with wild pears and acrylic paint

You can use our Envelope Template to make your own envelopes or simply dismantle an envelope and use it as a template.

 

This envelope template was printed with a wild pear, cut in half horizontally.

 

 

Notepaper printed using apples and blackberries

 

Make your own decorated notepaper or cards.

 

Crab apples and blackberries were used to decorate this autumnal notepaper.

 

 

 

 

Flowers Fold & Seal Mail hand printed with fruit and vegetables

Do you remember the old airmail letters that you wrote and then folded and sealed, thus reducing the weight by not using an envelope? I rather liked the parsimonious character of these letters and the fact that I only had one page to fill.

 

It’s easy make your own Fold and Send Mail using the instructions below. And saves having to find an envelope to fit your paper!

 

 

 

To make your own Fold and Send Mail

 

Fold and Send Mail printed in green with wild pears

 

You will need:

This Fold and Send Mail Template

Medium Weight Paper (100gsm is good)

Fruit & Vegetables such as apples, pears, carrots, lemons, oranges …

Sharp Knife

Acrylic Paint

Palette (or old plate)

Sponge or paintbrush

First, download the template and print it on A4 paper. You can make several copies and print straight onto them or download one onto card and trace around it onto your chosen paper. Decide if you want to cut out the template before or after printing.

Cut your vegetables, apply the paint and print, following these instructions.

Fold and Send Mail unfolded

 

 

Print on one or both sides, leaving space to write your letter and the address.

Leave your Fold and Send Mail to dry.

When it’s time to compose your letter, don’t write on the flaps as they’ll be stuck down.

 

 

 

 

Fold and Send Mail bottom flap folded

 

When you’ve written your letter, fold the bottom section under at Fold 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fold and Send Mail folded

 

 

Repeat at Fold 2 and flip your letter over.

 

 

 

Fold and Send Mail ready to post back view

Fold in the side flaps and glue them down to secure the letter. Finally fold down the top flap and glue down. You could use stickers or decorative sticky tape like this to secure your flaps instead of glue.

 

Fold and Send Mail fruit and vegetable prints

Go on, make someone’s day and send them a hand printed, hand written letter.

 

How to Print with Fruit & Vegetables

Making Decorative Sticky (Washi style) tape

Make Your Own Envelopes

Print your own stationery with fruit and vegetables

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