A Wreath and Twinkly Lights are 13 oz or less


We know someone who is going to need a few festive decorations in her college apartment while she is slogging through finals, so we decided we’d better drop a some the mail.

It just so happens that a set of 100 holiday lights weighs in at just under 13 ounces. Lucky for us. So we were able to stick on a few cheery stamps and drop that string of lights in a big blue mailbox.
We also picked up a $3 straw wreath-form, which is perfect for wrapping in tinsel. That weighed about the same, so in the mailbox it went. It just fit.
Followed by a string of tinsel, of course.
Photo credits for all post office shots go to my lovely mother. Who came visiting and offered to come along to the post office and snap pictures. We ended up having a great conversation with a pair of English women, who got in their car, then got back out to find out what we could possibly be doing. Which it turns out is a pretty good way to start a conversation.

Happy holidays, everyone.


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

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Shar December 8, 2011 at 8:40 am

I am continually amazed–and amused–by what you are able to pop in your post office mailbox. My post office is extremely cranky (to put it nicely) with no sense of humor. I’d never be able to do that!


Charlene December 8, 2011 at 10:14 am

I so wish I could do that. Canada Post has size and weight restrictions. Too bad, would be so much fun to receive something festive like that in the mail!


Val in the Rose Garden December 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Can you tell me what price of stamps you put on there? Are those forever stamps or international postage stamps?

What a fun idea! I sent the Easter Eggs after you posted about that. They went over beautifully! :)




AmberLee December 9, 2011 at 5:16 am

Hi Val, Thanks for your note! All those stamps were forever stamps. Here is the guideline I use for the current USPS 1st class package rates:
First three ounces: $1.71
Each additional ounce (begins at 4 up to a max of 13 oz): $0.17


Amanda laplante December 8, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Will you let us know how they arrive? I’m worried about the tinsel.


AmberLee December 9, 2011 at 5:14 am

Hi Amanda,
Of course! I’m curious to find out too,


Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions December 9, 2011 at 7:29 am

I think this might be my favorite yet in your mailing series! Although that could just be because I’m in a festive spirit ;)


Lynda January 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

What a delightful blog! This reminds me of the time my dad mailed me a pool noodle — just stuck the label on the noodle and brought it to the post office to be mailed. When my mailman delivered it to my door, he was quite apologetic that it had a couple of nicks in it. I was just impressed it was still in pretty good condition after traveling across the US. Think I might have to find some frisbees to mail to some friends when the weather warms.


Miki March 27, 2012 at 8:43 am

OMG! OMG! I am beyond thrilled to have found your blog!!! You’re awesome! ;D I’ll be a frequent visitor, that’s for sure! :D

Hope you’ve started the week off with a big smile!



Lynn September 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

What size was the straw wreath, like how many inches? Did one package of tinsle cover the whole wreath?


AmberLee October 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Hi Lynn,
Ooh, this is a good question. I’m thinking it was around 12″ in diameter? And yes, one package of tinsle was perfect!!


Katelyn December 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Where did you buy the wreath and tinsel


Chris December 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I have had a lot of fun mailing unusual things through the mail over the years too. I have sent several pumpkins, pink flamingos, shovel and pail, a sled, large plastic duck, a stocking, baseball bats, fruit cake (passed back and forth with a friend 3 years in a row). The possibilities are endless. =)


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