Silly Putty is 13 Ounces or Less (+ Printable Label)


It has been a while since I’ve done a post about happy mail. I am brimming with all kinds of new ideas, so I think you’ll be seeing more happy mail around here. (If you’re new here, you can see more happy mail ideas at the end of this post.)

Did you ever do this with silly putty as a kid? It was my favorite. I also liked to make bubbles in the putty and pop em.
This week I put together a package to mail that was nice and simple. I used an empty plastic spice canister, tucked in a roll of newspaper and couple eggs of silly putty, and mailed it off.

One little canister, hours of fun.

I’m including the label, incase you’d like to use it. I originally made this to send out with my Christmas cards this year, but now I use it for everything. Do you like it?
(I like to print on this full-sheet label paper,which is a complete steal, 100 sheets for ten bucks.)

Either Download from DropBox by clicking here: Mailing Label
or download here: Printable Fold-over Labels (4658)

and incase you’d like to see a little more, here is my favorite fun mail inspiration from the archives (or see it all right here):

A Great Big Sponge | A Tube of Bert’s Bees | A Wreath and Twinkly Lights | A Disguise | School Supplies | A Pair of Flip Flops | A Big Ball | Plastic Eggs 1 and 2 | Silly Putty |Shovel & a Bucket | Ribbon Sticks | Bubblewrap Hopscotch | Fan Mail | Waterbottle Care Package | Bouncy Balls | Sticky Notes | Jr Mints | Frisbee | Mini Banner and Mini m&ms

find postage rates for happy mail right here along with other mailing details

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica March 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

LOVE IT! Thank you!! Seeing the hapy “thirteen” label made my day.


Sonja Sackett March 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Love this!!! We received some sad news about a little boy back home in Minnesota that has been diagnosed with a very rare agressive tumor. My little boy and I were brainstorming about what things we could send in the mail. Such a timely post! I am going to look at your other suggestions too : )


april's craft nest March 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

i had no idea you were near me! the sac bee! newcastle produce! in my neck of the woods! :)


bit of green March 4, 2011 at 7:33 am

I love these ideas of yours!
The goodies that fit in a water bottle is still my favorite, though :D


Randi March 4, 2011 at 10:22 am

I LOVE the happy mail posts and can’t wait for more!


snippets of thyme March 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Very cute. Its amazing how many age groups would have fun with this. I remember playing for hours with silly putty that was always in my easter basket. I came back to your blog today because I wanted to shout out my news that after 3 batch attempts, I made macarons last weekend. I was so inspired by all the lovely blogs out here.


Sarah March 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I adore this idea! Perhaps I am being to literal, but do you ship it right in the container? Where do you affix postage? And how much? My sister recently moved out of state for the first time and I would love to send some fun stuff her way!


AmberLee March 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Hi Sarah!
Thanks for stopping by to say hello! And yes, shipping it right in the container is the fun part. I just walk it up to the post office counter and let them decide how to add the postage. Sending a frisbee was one of the first times I tried this, and they managed to put it on.


Bonnie March 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I wish I had someone to send happy mail to! I enjoy your blog and noticed that you must live in the Sacramento area just as I do.


Michelle March 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

Oh my gosh, this is a great idea. I think I’d include the Sunday comics. : )


AmberLee March 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Hi Michelle!

I’m so glad you like it! I have to warn you though, I tried this with the comics once, and to my GREAT dissapointment, the putty didn’t pick up the colored ink. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was just the paper here?


Lilianna Grace March 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm

You are too cute. I love that you bring us joyful ideas. I’m looking for a unique party favor for my daughters 9th birthday and this might be it! Thank you for your always sweet ideas that are sure to bring happiness to those who might be fortunate enough to be a recipient.


molly April 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm

okay, i know this is a little premature, seeing as I just stumbled over, thanks to elsie marley, but can i just say, this space rocks!

we’re 2,500 miles away from family and home, and trying to work our way through keeping in touch. i cannot. wait. to poke around here.

love your spirit, spunk and chutzpah (and generosity, for taking the time to share.)


Kim January 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I ADORE this blog!!! Does anyone know where one might get empty spice like jars like this? It takes me FOREVER to use up the spices so i never have empty ones! Thanks!!!


Alison K January 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I have seen these empty spice jars in Winco where you can buy spices (and other stuff) in bulk…good luck!


Heather March 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Love these ideas! They make me happy just looking at them. Can’t wait to try them!


MamaBear January 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I remember my sister received a piece of shellacked Toast, a pancake, and a waffle with messages written in sharpie from her then boyfriend, later husband. Impressed me so much I have never forgotten it! Such cute ideas!


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