Plastic Eggs are 13 Ounces or Less

03.31.11

There is something I love about bright plastic Easter eggs. I picked up a row of jumbos at the grocery store last weekend.

I got thinking about the fun of discovering eggs during an egg hunt, and thought it might be fun to discover one or two in a mail box.
So I packed a few up with goodies,
stuck on a label and a few stamps,
and am dropping them in a big blue mailbox today. For all the happy mail I’ve sent up to now, I’ve had postage added at the counter. Mostly because I like to walk up and nonchalantly drop a shovel or something else on the counter, like mailing plastic shovels is just something I do. Also because I love the workers at my post office and because I always meet the nicest people in line. But today I’m trying stamps. We’ll see if they go.

If they do, I will be filling a few eggs for grown ups too. Because when else do you get to be surprised by a plastic egg after the age of 12? I’m just needing a few good things to tuck inside? Sudoku? Hmmm. Any ideas?

<<UPDATE >>
It worked!! I ended up having to change postage, here’s what I used:
I mailed 1-ounce eggs using a 98-cent teton stamp + a postcard stamp
I mailed 2-ounce eggs using a 98-cent teton stamp + a forever stamp
You can see US postage rates for first-class mail right here (scroll down to “packages”).

and incase you’d like to see a little more, here is my favorite fun mail inspiration from the archives (or follow my 13 oz or less Pinterest board, or see it all right here):

A Disposable Camera | A 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

 

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Jessica March 31, 2011 at 9:11 am

Hello! What a great idea!! Please let us know if they go! I’m thinking coffee cards and Japanese masking tape for my sisters!

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elizabeth March 31, 2011 at 9:12 am

I love this idea! How much in postage does it take?

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anna March 31, 2011 at 9:35 am

ah! how fun, you’ll definitely have to let me know if they send, what a fun idea. my grandma will get a kick out of this, she was the postmaster in her town. :)

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heather March 31, 2011 at 9:45 am

i love this idea. keep us posted and let us know if the stamps work!

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Amanda March 31, 2011 at 10:07 am

Oh I definitely want to do this now!

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Miranda March 31, 2011 at 11:08 am

So clever! I would really like to be the mailman that got to deliver a plastic egg.

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L March 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Such a fun idea! I’m looking forward to giving this a try!

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Alexis March 31, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Can’t wait to hear if it works…great idea.ni have always wanted to mail an object but the workers at our PO are too scary. I know I would get a lot of attitude!

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EmilyK March 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Earrings, nailpolish, bracelets! Can you tell I’m a girly girl?

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Christy March 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm

so stinking cute! now i’m off to buy some plastic easter eggs! I LOVE the new look of your blog. So happy and cheery!

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Dawn April 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I am a Mail Carrier and I think it will be cute to put easter eggs in the mail boxes how fun, I hope you sent some to Kentucky

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AmberLee April 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Hi Dawn!
Thanks for stopping by! How cool to get a weigh in straight from an expert. And really, who better to play easter bunny than mail carriers on their daily routes?

hope your week is great!
xo

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Halle G April 2, 2011 at 5:30 am

Love this! When I worked in the mailroom at Nordic Track we saw a coconut with a painting on it come through. Seriously…a real coconut. It was pretty cool!!

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Jenifer April 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I have been the recipient of a coconut!! My mother was in Hawaii and found it on the side of the road. She had my aunt draw some cute sea turtles on it, they wrote a fun little note and Sharpie’d my address right on it. No box, nothing. I opened my mailbox and there was a coconut!! What a fun idea. :)

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Lisa April 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Fantastic and fun! I am sending some to my neice and nephew!

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Kiasa April 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

I can’t even express how cool this is!!! I’m so excited to do this with my 4 yr old that I’m going to schlep 3 kids on public transportation to our nearest target to get all the goods. I know my nieces and nephews will love finding these treasures in their mailboxes.

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Monica April 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

What a treat to receive in the mail! If I cannot make it to see my family for Easter I am definetely trying this for my niece!! Thanks so much for the idea! :)

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Christy Knutson April 4, 2011 at 5:05 am

LOVE THIS! Would you mind sharing where you found that fun tape?

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AmberLee April 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Hi Christy!
Thanks for your note! I actually picked up this printed packaging tape at Joanne’s. But you can find so many other fun options around. Like at http://www.tapeswell.com/

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Meghan April 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

Please let us know if they came through unscathed! I’d love to mail one to my SIL at college…Starbucks Via instant coffee packets, a couple tea bags, some hard candy and a trinket or two ;)

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AmberLee April 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

Hi Meghan!
Thanks so much for the note. The eggs made it! And LOVE the idea of tucking little tea bags inside.

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Allison April 6, 2011 at 10:59 am

Hey! We just got some of the very cool eggs in the mail! Such a cute idea! We love them! Thank you!!!

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alison@howdoesshe April 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm

How fun would this be to get in the mail! What a fun idea. Thanks for trying it and letting us know how to make it work!

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Emily M. April 8, 2011 at 6:16 am

oh my goodness. i LOVE this. am going out today to get all the supplies. i think i might even mail some to my own children! my mom when through a phase ten or fifteen years ago where she would send crazy things in the mail, like piece of driftwood, unboxed of course. i never would have thought other people do this too! :)

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AmberLee April 12, 2011 at 4:28 am

Emily!
Thanks for you sweet note. And I have to say, your mom sounds like one awesome woman. Driftwood making it’s way through the post office system? That is too cool.

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Kiasa April 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

okay, ours are almost ready to go! I’m so excited. I found some cute little easter necklace kits at Michaels that we put in for my nieces and for my nephews some funky “jumping beans” and those capsules that you put in water and they grow into sponge animals. plus candy, of course.

Now I just need to put on the addresses and stamps and drop them in the box!

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Rachel April 8, 2011 at 11:23 am

Man, I wish I’d known about this idea before the First Day of Spring! It would have been fun to send those out. I’ll have to keep in mind for next year. Thanks for a great idea!

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ShannonR2 April 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

That is just awesome…I would never have thought to try…thanks for the tip

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Christy April 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

Oh, yes, everyone I know is getting an egg in the mail this year! What a clever idea!

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Vicki April 12, 2011 at 3:02 am

I think this a wonderful idea, but, wouldn’t you have to seal them someway, I mean they seem to open too easily?

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AmberLee April 12, 2011 at 4:10 am

Hi Viki,
Thanks for your note! And yes. I sealed mine with one strip of packaging tape around the center. So far, they’ve all arrived intact. yea!

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Jamielyn April 12, 2011 at 9:17 am

These are so cute! Found you through Sugar Doodle. How fun!

xoxo-
Jamielyn

I ♥ Nap Time

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Randi April 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I love seeing all the fun things you send out. I don’t know about the post office employees, but I work for UPS and we always notice the “fun” packages. Even when it’s just a regular old box wrapped in hot pink paper it grabs everyone’s attention. I always smile thinking about how happy the receipent will be when it arrives. I think I’ll have to send a few of these to my nieces. Thanks!

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Louise Taylor April 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Did ya mail one to yourself so you would know or to someone who would tell ya it worked? Anyway I think that is such a great idea for my far away grandchildren! Thanks!!!!!

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AmberLee April 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Hi Louise! I mailed two to one set of nieces and nephews and two to another. I figured I’d be sure they made it in at least a couple states!!

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Audra Curtis April 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

This is absolutely DARLING!!! I can’t wait to send some to my nieces in Missouri! (And maybe even some of my friends here in town….)

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Karen April 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

My neice loves to write letters on the french fry boxes from McD’s. She unfolds them writes all over, then refolds and tapes shut, adds postage and the recipient gets a letter and the linger yum of the fries! Cute ideas!!!
KarenR

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AmberLee April 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm

karen, this is too funny. i love it! what a clever little niece you have.

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Alice April 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I can not wait to try this! Thanks for the idea!

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susie April 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I tried to mail our jumbo eggs out today, and the post office said they weren’t big enough…everything has to be at least 5 inches in order to mail. they rained on my parade! ha!

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AmberLee April 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Susie,
What a bummer to hear about the eggs! I’m totally surprised, because I’ve mailed several things smaller than 5 inches from my post office counter. I hate to incite any post office rebellion, but did you try sticking on stamps and dropping them in the mailbox? So far I’ve mailed off eggs to two different states and they arrived intact, a few days later than it would have taken to get a card or box there, but still suprisingly quick.

Thanks for taking a moment to let me know! If you have any luck, I’d love to hear.

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Maureen April 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I had a similar situation today Susie, but the lady seemed to be in a not so great mood.She pulled out the little measurement card and all. I just said okay and the hubs agreed to venture over to the other post office in town to see if they would do it.
He suggested I just present the idea as if I do it all the time so, I walked in much more confident this time and just said : “hi, how are you? I need to know how much postage to put on these so I can mail them”. She agreed quite easily and although I think actual stamps would have looked nicer, it was easier for her to do the printed postage sticker (and I didn’t want to give any argument in case she decided just not to do it at all)
Mine came out to $1.71 each to mail, so maybe you can just put about that much in stamps on them and see how it goes. Can’t wait to see how mine do.

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tam April 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

This is so neat. Where did you find mini UNO cards? Love these ideas. Thank you!

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AmberLee April 18, 2011 at 6:51 am

Hi Tam,
Thanks for the note! I actually came across them at Walmart. I stocked up b/c they are so much fun.

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Mike April 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

Helped my wife try this. In Chicago I got push back. Had to put them in envelopes, because of what they said the size requirements were for a package (3′x5″.) Should have just dropped them in the mailbox instead of going to the counter.

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AmberLee April 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hi Mike,
Thanks for taking a moment to drop by and let me know how it went. No fun though. Sorry to set you up for dissapointment. So far I haven’t had any returned that I’ve dropped in a mailbox pre-stamped, and the same goes for friends and readers who have tried. I haven’t tried Chicago though.

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Elle April 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Great idea! I wish I had thought of this, these would have made great “envelopes” for the invites to my ester egg hunt. Instead I did the lowly, evite. :(

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Michelle April 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

I loved this idea!! I couldn’t find any cute tape but I got a batch of eggs together today. The postal worker was pretty surprised when I plopped them on the counter and said, “We were hoping you could help the Easter Bunny.” He said in the 10 years he worked there, he’s never seen anyone do anything like that but since they were less than 13 oz… The guy behind me in line said that they better not be turning down fun things like that if they’re so desperate for stuff to mail! They both thought it was fun! Thanks for sharing!
(The bad news was that apparently prices went up. Not on regular stamps, but it cost 1.71 each to mail my over 1oz less than 2oz eggs. Still worth the fun I think!)

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AmberLee April 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Michelle!!
You rock. Love that you were getting the entire post office on your side. So awesome. Thanks for taking a moment to come back and share.

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Michelle April 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

Oh and the best thing I found to put in them were those inflatable bopper balloon balls. (The ones that you blow up and have the elastic handle.) 6 for 2.19 at Target!

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Stephanie April 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Love this idea. I’m going to keep my eye out for 50%off sales after Easter because I’d like to mail out plastic eggs throughout the year…just because.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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TammyJ April 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Hey AmberLee! I totally took your advice and mailed out several eggs to several of my favorite people. They were soooo surprised/delighted when they found an egg in their mailbox. My mom told me that her mailman hand-delivered it to her and told her he had never seen such a thing and had shown it off to the entire post office before he left for his route. Thank you so much for sharing yet another of your great ideas (your hot chocolate on a stick, homemade style, was such a hit this past Christmas)!!!

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Saun April 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Love this I’m going to have to try this next year thanks for sharing…

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Audra Curtis April 22, 2011 at 7:24 am

I took mine to the post office yesterday and they wouldn’t take them. They said they have to be 3 1/2″ X 5″ and my Jumbo eggs are 2″X 3 1/2″ !! That would be as big as my hand!! Were your eggs that big? If so, where did you find giamongous eggs?

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Erin April 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

I just got one of these in the mail today from a dear friend and what a surprise! I couldn’t believe all the good stuff in it! Inside were: 2 Rolos, 2 soft finger puppets, some funky liquid-inside-glitter stickers, 2 instant coffee tubes, paper Easter grass, 4 rubbery bracelet in animal and car shapes, and a tiny note that said, “Happy Easter!” It was the coolest! The egg was 2 3/4″x 2″ and had 2-64cent stamps and 1 forever stamp.

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AmberLee April 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Erin! Thanks so much for taking a moment to come by and share about your package! I’m so happy it made it. Yea!!

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Maureen April 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

As you can see in my note above, I had some trouble, but eventually got it to work. I was going to resort to just buying stamps and dropping them in the box outside if the second place said no too.
I had the same thought that maybe there were some “extra jumbo” eggs out there I didn’t know about, but then I looked again at your pictures and compared the size of the mini highlighters and your hand and figured I had the same ones.
Mine had mini Crayola glitter glues, lipsmackers, mini nail polish, fun office supplies like: colored paper clips, floral printed binder clips, printed push pins, etc., stickers and some candies. Several people got two eggs bc some things were difficult to fit two of the bigger items in and still close it.
**I also cut the “hinge” on a couple so I could get them to be at least evenly close to closing and then had the hubby help me hold while I taped (double layer for these)

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AmberLee April 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Maureen! I love this story! So funny. I love that the difference was all in the delivery : ). Way to be persistant. I did just use stamps when I did mine, and the normal, slightly-larger-than-usual eggs.

I adore the idea of glitter glues, binder clips, and nail polish! So fun!!!

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michelle April 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

What a fun package to receive!

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Jackie April 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I got turned down at the desk at the post office… wanted to give me little boxes to mail them in. So I bought my postage and simply dropped them in the box. How exciting to see them actually get to where they belong! This was so much fun I can’t wait to mail other things and I’m definitely doing this next year (a little earlier too!).

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AmberLee April 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Jackie! Thanks for taking a moment to come back and share how this went. i’m so glad they made it!

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Erica Williams April 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

Thanks for this darling idea! My kids sent them to their out of town cousins and friends and they all made it! I didn’t bother trying to talk to the workers at the post office. Instead, I just went to the counter, bought $.98 stamps and the Forever stamps, just like you said, went back to the car, placed the stamps on the eggs, and dropped them in the out door mail box. They got where they were supposed to go and everyone loved them! Thank you!

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Cass Ward April 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm

This is an awesome idea and I’m just disappointed I didn’t see it earlier. I am going to get some of these eggs hopefully on sale now it’s after Easter and save for next year or maybe just for whenever. I’m in Australia so I’m not sure if they would let us post them or not. Might try sending ones to my girls first to see if they get there.

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AmberLee April 28, 2011 at 4:53 am

Hi Cass,
Thanks for the sweet note! If you get a chance, I’d love to hear if your eggs make it once you try mailing a few. Good luck!

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Michele May 1, 2011 at 6:35 am

Perfect idea! I sent them to my little cousins as a surprise for Easter. they were delighted. Thank you for the amazing idea. What else can you mail?

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Nikki February 8, 2012 at 6:45 am

Can you send these items overseas? My boyfriend lives in Germany and I think it would be great to send him and his family little items like this. :) Please let me know.

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AmberLee February 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Hi Nikki! That is a great question. I’ve had a few readers from Canada tell me they don’t think this would work if they mailed it there, but I’m not sure about mailing it from the US to Germany. If you try, I’d love to hear. At least with some things, they’d be able to see better what is coming through customs! I have a friend in Austria, I just might try too.

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Bonnie Lippincott February 9, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Fun idea. Make sure they are sealed well so they don’t break open. It won’t work overseas there are too many restrictions with mail between countries. I am a reitred USPS letter carrier and I have delivered so many interesting things. Lots of Coconuts! Chickens, queen bees (specially packed). Someone actually mailed bricks to Alaska, it was the cheapest way to get them there. One year our postmaster thought up this great idea. Get a blown-up mylar balloon on a string and a box big enough to hold it. Tape the balloon string inside the box to the bottom, close and seal the box and mail it. When the person opens the box, the balloon pops up! We had a lot of fun with that. You can put in other things, but tape them down so they don’t rattle around and pop the balloon.

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AmberLee February 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Bonnie, thanks saying hello! I love getting insight from letter carriers! I love that you delivered queen bees!? We actually tried the balloon in the box for my grandpa last year when he turned 89, he is definitely a kid at heart because he talked about it for weeks afterwards.

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les April 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Great idea about the balloon, but wondering how they would fare going on an airplane. Would the decreased pressure cause the balloon to explode?

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Mari February 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

I saw this post and it inspired me to knit tiny bunnies and send them to my friends. You can see my post about in on my blog:
http://www.mariknits.com/2012/02/bunny-mail.html

Thanks so much for the fantastic idea!

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Claire March 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Oh, this is such a great idea!!

In regards to those in Canada, I pulled up the regulations from Canada Post on “non-mailable matter” which states it is an item that “fails to meet certain physical characteristics or marking requirements” (among other things). I think this is pretty loosely defined and would really depend on the postal worker you were dealing with… and I have never seen a particularly happy postal that I would test this out on!! LOL

Guess we’ll leave this one to you in the States! I do love the helium balloon idea though, definitely sending that to someone this year!!

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Beverly March 19, 2012 at 6:57 am

I just found your blog through Pinterest and am so excited. Disappointed I can’t use some of these ideas for my overseas friends but will have fun doing them for the ones stateside. The Easter egg one will be perfect for the college homegrowns that I nurture :) Thanks for sharing the fun!

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kristina March 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

So bummed! Loved this idea and prepared eggs to send to my boyfriend’s nieces for Easter. My boyfriend brought them to the post office today and the woman would not allow him to send them. She said “the postage wouldn’t stick” and made him buy a box to ship them in! I’m so bummed!

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Monique March 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Can you tell me what the international rules might be? I have family in France that I would love to do something fun like this with. Maybe not the plastic eggs but one of your other ideas…a ball? etc. How would I find this info out? Can you help?

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Roberta March 28, 2012 at 11:11 am

I tried mailing an egg under 13 oz this morning and because of it’s odd shape it was going to cost over $2.00. Very disappointed..

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Ashley April 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

My eggs are all shrink wrapped and ready to go in the mail tomorrow. My niece and nephews will L-O-V-E them! Thank you for the wonderful idea. Happy mail is my FAVORITE! :)

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Jenn April 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

OMGoodness… I sent my friends children in Idaho giant eggs for easter and they loved it! I just heard from my friend. She said they were broken, but they got there and the kids loved them! I just weighed them on a mailing scale and got the price for the postage, stuck some stamps on them and dropped them in the big blue mailbox!! It was fun!! Can’t wait to mail some more!!

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lyndie April 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm

You can send the “eggs” as a congratulations gift … “I’m so eggs-cited” for you!

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Amy April 16, 2012 at 6:29 am

I first came across this idea from the other side of the postal counter. As a clerk, I see many interesting packing ideas – this is one of my favorites!! I thanked my customer for the great inspiration (this is where credit was paid to Pinterest) and I informed her I would be using this idea to surprise my five-year-old niece and two two-year-old nephews. The boys do not quite get-it yet, but WOW – does my niece love receiving surprises in the mail. I am fully enjoying the entire process…. prepare the parcel, drop it in the mail & wait a day for that very excited and appreciative voice on the other end of the phone call….. Thank You!!

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Katrina May 12, 2012 at 7:26 am

My husband is in the military and was on his way overseas this Easter. Sad that I couldn’t be with him, I egg-bombed him instead :) I only wish I was a fly on the wall during mail call….
I love your happy mail! And I think it could be a great way to save the post office (better than junk mail would, I imagine). I also just beach bombed my nine nieces and nephews with sand pails and shovels – I’m laughing right now about the postal workers facial expression when I brought them in. Ha! Keep up the fantastic ideas!

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Carole July 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

I love this idea and sent my grandson, who is in the Air Force, an egg at Easter. He received a note stating that he had an egg waiting to be picked up in the mail room … of course he didn’t know what that meant. Just knowing it was something different from the usual and brought some humor to his day made it fun for me too ! Come on … send some fun stuff to your loved ones in the Military. (NOT while they’re in Basic Training – it could cause unsolicited embarrassment from their TI )

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AmberLee July 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Carole! I absolutely love this story. I love that your son got a note telling him his egg was waiting. Thanks for coming back to share and brighten my day!

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Val March 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I just mailed some 1oz eggs and it cost $2.07 each. Still worth it!

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