A Disguise is 13 oz or less


This week, we decided we wanted to mail a disguise.

So we put together a few disguise pieces.
It is no good having just one disguise, you have to have options.
I stuffed everything in a clear box, but it was bulging with all those sneaky disguise options, I think I may just try using a ziplock bag next time and drop that in the mail.
We’ll be sending off this complete, master-of-disguise kit in the mail this afternoon. So someone we know can cloak herself in complete mystery.

And while I have you here, I wanted to share a couple extra notes.

I have a little interview over at Power of Moms in which I bear all about motherhood. It’s an honor to be mentioned among a lot of awesome moms on PoMs.

And speaking of amazing moms, a big giant thank you to Gabrielle of Design Mom for her kind mention. (I had a darling friend call me laughing and squealing as I was starting this post to tell me about the link. Thanks for making me look awesome, Design Mom.)

Happy mailing.

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



{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

mary October 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

I found your site through design mom and couldn’t resist going through your archives. our kids did this with their friends for years when we moved around quite a bit (i think it was based on an american girl magazine article). inside a water bottle, they used to love surprise magnets, photos, trinkets, hit clips, markers and best of all letters. what a nice smile you must bring.


AmberLee October 24, 2011 at 8:47 am

Mary! I love that you’ve done this. It is so great to keep in touch with distant friends, and so fun to open the mailbox to something other than a stack of serious mail. Thanks so much for the note, and for stopping by!


CitricSugar October 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Mail in the US seems so much fun! Lol.


Caroline October 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Congratulations on the mention on Design Mom and Power of Moms! I LOVE this idea, by the way. Love it!


Kristin | Snip&Scribble October 21, 2011 at 5:26 am

Love it! I’m going to try and think of something clever to mail to our favorite family and friends in lieu of a holiday card… {thinking cap on!}

P.S. your sponsors rock! I just clicked on 3 of their offers! :)


Lauren O'Neill October 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

cute idea! stashing this one away, for sure!


Kristin@ Bring Pretty Back October 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

LOVE your ideas! I am wondering if I could mail a football to my son in college? What do you think about that?


AmberLee October 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

Kristin! Thanks for the note. And yes. A football, I’m sure would go. Just stick an address on there, or write it right on with a sharpie. As long as the return address is near the recipiant address, and both are clear, you should be good. Good luck! I’d love to hear how it goes.


Jessica October 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I was wondering where you got the clear box from?


AmberLee October 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Hi Jessica!

If you want clear cube boxes, try Garnish. But if you’re up for buying a batch of 25, try clearbags. I hope this helps! I also save small boxes from just about anything I think I can reuse, which is what I did with this package.


Jamie October 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Just mailed tubes of mini-M&M’s and tubes of glow sticks to the nieces and nephews for Halloween. Covered the tubes with fun orange striped paper and witch’s hat stickers and sent them on their way! Love how easy it is to remind them how much I love them!!


AmberLee October 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Jamie! The orange striped paper sounds like such a fun touch! I love it.


Martha S. October 25, 2011 at 3:48 am

I’m headed to the post office this morning to put some tubes of glow sticks in the mail to some students in college!! It’ll be fun for Halloween…or any other time you need some glow sticks!

And I’ve got some silly putty to send later.

Thanks so much for some great ideas for happy mail! I love being on both ends of happy mail!


AmberLee October 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Glow sticks are the best. I love it. Thanks for taking a moment to stop by and share your mailing adventures!


Hollie October 26, 2011 at 4:29 am

You inspired me to send my mom a 13 oz or less package! Yesterday I mailed her 3 Hot Apple Cider k-cups for her Keurig. I can’t wait for her to get them! I stacked & wrapped them in clear Saran Wrap so that you could see the cute apple on the k-cup.


AmberLee October 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Hollie! what a brilliant idea. haha! i love that Saran Wrap did the trick. Thanks for taking a moment to come by and share!


Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea October 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

Oh my goodness, how fun are you? I just discovered your blog via Pinterest and can tell I’m going to be spending a LOT of my time here : )

pink and green mama


misha lulu November 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I love it!


Kiasa November 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Hey Amber,

I came across this article and thought of you and your 13 oz or less mailings. Maybe you’ve seen this before, but it’s pretty amazing what the USPS will ship.



AmberLee November 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Kiasa! I have never seen this! What fun to mail a straight balloon! You are so great to think of me. Thank you!!


lindsey November 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

just found your blog and i love it! My sister mailed a coconut home from Hawaii when she was there. probably more than 13 oz, but I guess they took it to the post office to make sure it was ok to package up and send but they guy just slapped some stamps on and said that it was good to go.


Jackie December 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

I have a friend who loves Peeps. They seem to have them for every season now. Well this morning I sent off my first mail experiment! I used my vacuum sealer and put three peeps in a bag and sealed it. I put labels on it and a couple of stamps and off it went! I hope they get there! I’ll let you know.


Heidi January 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I love your ideas!!! I was wondering if anyone knows if these ideas will work for mailing things in Canada as well? (I live in canada and would love to be able to use some of these ideas for friends and family in canada) Thanks


Katie January 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

just found your blog via pinterest. i’m in LOVE with this mail idea! i have friends and family all over the US and this is such a fun way to say hi. i’m amazed at what you can mail without packaging. frisbee, balls, etc. will be combing the dollar store for some fun mailing projects the kids can send to their friends!


Sarah January 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

I love fun mail :) Mailing a disguise is such a good idea. Definitely not something someone expects in their mailbox!


Tairah March 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

I love all your cute and fun ideas. I actually heard about it listening to a kid station in the car. Who would have thought you could mail all these things. I love it. And love that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to do it. Thanks for sharing!


Dana June 30, 2012 at 6:13 am

I once mailed a swim noodle to my friend who was a camp counselor. I wrote all kinds of fun things and doodles on it and took it to the post office. Needless to say they thought I was nuts but it arrived in perfect condition and my friend sure enjoyed the surprise.


Chelle July 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Lots of cute gift ideas and I’m sure lots of fun for the receipent but think about how this effects the postal service. They are already struggling to keep prices low, mail carriers on the job and small town post offices open. Mailing things like this requires hand sorting which is costly and time consuming, a waste of goverment resources. Better to hand deliver, that way you can enjoy the reaction too!


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