Mailing a Frisbee, and 13 ounces or less on flickr

01.27.10

My friends. I thought I’d better bring this idea to your attention. I know you really wouldn’t want to miss this, am I right? Last week Courtney stopped by and told me she had mailed a frisbee. That’s right, a bare frisbee and a label (Courtney, you are brilliant.) Naturally I couldn’t wait to try it myself. I have mine all ready and am headed to the post office this morning.

here it is with the mail, all set to go

(UPDATE: Mailed this off for $1.73. Not bad. More about this in Friday’s post.)

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

 

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Sherry Cartwright January 27, 2010 at 10:13 am

The frisbee is AWESOME!
I was in a swap once and we packaged our goodies in two-liter soda bottles. I’m sure that the same could be accomplished with 20 ounce bottles, too, to fit under 13 ounces. Wanna swap?! :)

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Bruna January 27, 2010 at 10:29 am

Hi! I’ve been following your blog for months, I love this place and all creative things you show us…like this project, I really love it!

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SD January 27, 2010 at 11:25 am

I was wondering if you or anyone reading has a favorite place to get their fun decorative packing tape? Thanks!

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Fiona January 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Hold up — Are you telling me that she put a label on a frisbee, stuck some postage on it, dropped it in a mailbox, and the United States Post Office actually mailed it?

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Donna April 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Yes… If you pay the postage, they will ship it. I mail a painted coconut from the Florida Keys every spring break…

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SamanthaLee January 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Who knew you could mail a Frisbee! Awesome – I think I’ll send one to all my nephews this summer. Or how cool would that be as a Frisbee Golf or Ultimate Frisbee Birthday Party invite? Endless possibilities. Is there a way to email you?

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Michelle January 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm

No way! That is so cool!
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that you can mail a frisbee. When we visited Disney, we could buy a coconut postcard. An actual coconut with a post card painted on it to write on, then you can send it through the mail just like that. Funny.

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crystal January 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm

haha! i received a coconut in the mail from a friend that was visiting hawaii! the frisbee really is wonderful.

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shanti January 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm

totally gonna steal that idea!

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Kristen January 27, 2010 at 9:21 pm

how much is postage?

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AmberLee January 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Hi Kristen!
Postage was $1.75. It was a heftier frisbee (i like these b/c they fly so well). I’m sure it could be done for even less with a child’s frisbee.

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Courtney January 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Fiona: Actually I did 236 of them! I used them as invites to a family picnic at my sons preschool a few years ago. Needless to say, the invites were NOT overlooked. :)
In an experiment – someone once shipped an unwrapped rose via the USPS. It made it – though a bit worse for the journey!
So if it can withstand the wear shipping something without packaging can be a great unexpected moment. Just don’t drop it in the box… Hand cancel at the counter. Bonus points for making your local post office people smile too.

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Kristen January 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm

THANKS!
I’m so soo excited about this! What a great idea!!

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Natalie February 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm

What a fantastic idea! That is SO creative!

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Michelle March 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

You can also mail a bouncy ball. The medium sized ones that looked marbled. Write all over it and designate a space for an address. It only costs 2-3 dollars to mail it.

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Dave March 31, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Ha! This is genius. I bet they had some fun with it at the postal depot…

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Chrissy April 12, 2010 at 3:00 am

I love this. See you at he park.

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Beth December 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I am just in awe and so excited to mail a frisbee too. I can’t believe it could be done. How exciting. You have a great blog here and I just subscribed. Woohoo

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Alyce March 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

A few years ago I put a mailing label on a flip flop. Mailed it from Florida to Texas…..It got there! But, now when I ask at the Post Office in California they tell me no… I can’t do it.

Any suggestions how I can mail it?

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AmberLee March 31, 2011 at 4:32 am

Hi Alyce!

Thanks for the note! I have to tell you, I really think it depends on the postal worker, and what kind of mood they’re in. I’ve been told that as long as both the sender and return addresses are on the front, I can send. So my suggestion, just go back and try a different postal worker! You can also try adding stamps and just dropping it in the mail. It wouldn’t hurt, right?

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Shawn Scianna May 18, 2011 at 11:44 am

Hi all,

We send customized FrizbeeGrams each day to folks throughout the United States. Please check out our site, http://www.sendafrizbee.com

Thanks.

Shawn

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RLT June 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Sent a “90th Birthday Frisbee” to my uncle who had a birthday end of May. He enjoyed it greatly and so did his family! Great idea! Thanks!!!!

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AmberLee June 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

RLT, Thanks for taking a moment to let me know! I love it! I think a 90th birthday is the PERFECT birthday to do this. so fun.

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Beth C January 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I’m not even sure how I came across your blog, but I LOVE the 13 ounces or less thing. I wasn’t sure what to start with, until I ran into the store on break and they had frisbees for fifty cents! I picked one up to send off to my cousin’s youngest, I decided I’ll go back and pick up two more so that I can send one to all three of her kids, I can’t wait for them to get them!!

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AmberLee January 30, 2012 at 5:45 am

Thanks for the note, Beth! that sounds like such fun! it really can get addicting. which is a good thing I think : )

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Marianne February 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

I just stumbled onto your blog and LOVE it! I’ve always called what you do “Mailart” and have decorated envelopes to their full potential. You have really gotten me out of the winter blahs and maybe start mailing items artistically without the envelopes! Thank you for your great inspirations!

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AmberLee February 13, 2012 at 5:52 am

Marianne,
Mailart! I love it. I’m certain you and I would get along. Thanks for taking a moment to drop me a note. And happy mailing!

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Lora June 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I’m hoping someone can help me. We set up a frisbee just like the one in the photo (6 ounces, btw) and took it to our local USPS, who promptly told us they would not accept it because it required a box or some form of container packaging. We showed them this website and as a group we all went on the usps website and couldn’t find anything that supported that frisbees could be mailed. Again, as a group in the middle of the post office, we speaker-phoned the official USPS (1-800-275-8777) and were told over the phone that it had to be in packaging in order to be mailed. After walking away disappointed and scouring the internet, I have been unable to find anything online that officially states this type of mailing is allowed. Did the opportunity expire due to stricter laws or is there information out there I can take back to our local post office? Thanks for your help.

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AmberLee July 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Hi Lora,
I am so sorry to hear about your experience (and sorry I am so behind on getting back to comments). I had not idea the central post office had any policy! My experience has been that most postal workers are totally amused by the idea, but some readers have had problems too. I do think it depends on who is behind the counter that day. I’ve never had anything returned to me that I’ve dropped in a mailbox, however. (I’ve had some postal workers write and tell me they love seeing things like this, and one or maybe two write and say it is a pain.) I hope that helps! And I’m so sorry you were dissapointed.

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Elizabeth August 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I don’t know if this will help (and I haven’t tried to mail anything cool yet, though I plan to soon!), but the post office does appear to allow you to mail a guitar case and a tire, which both seem rather irregular: http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm100/tips-measure-packages.htm

It also defines irregular parcels here http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/401.htm (including oddly shaped and unwrapped objects) but doesn’t say that they can’t be shipped.

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AmberLee August 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Elizabeth,
Thank you!!! This is so great to hear!! I’m off to check it out.

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Heather Feather September 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I’m so excited to send some fun items through the mail! Thanks for the great idea! Do you think you could send objects internationally?

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Joanne October 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

I saw a woman mail a suitcase filled with clothing once. Post office weighed it and put a stamp on it.

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Renee October 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

These are great ideas! My brother sent a coconut from Hawaii once! I was surprised the label and stamps stayed on the hairy thing!

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Angie November 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

Just wanted to say thanks for this post! We had actually planned all along to use personalized frisbees as the ‘save the dates’ for our wedding but spent a long time trying to figure out how to package them. We used stamps and dropped them in the mail!

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Lisa November 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Please help… I love the mailing ideas and plan to jump in on the fun, but what is the reasoning behind 13 ounces or less?

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AmberLee November 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Hi Lisa,
The only reason I stick with 13 oz or less is that in the US it makes for way less expensive mailing because it can be mailed First Class. You can get a few other details here:
http://www.giverslog.com/?p=11447

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Sandy February 21, 2013 at 5:20 am

I live in NYC and had problems. The people behind the counter found it amusing but they did accept the frisbee. However, it was returned to me in a manilla envelope months later after floating around USPS. :/

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AmberLee February 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Sandy,
I am so sad to hear this! But totally appreciate you letting me know. I’ve been able to mail several successfully, but I’ve dropped several of mine directly in a blue mailbox with stamps on them. : ( So disspointed it didn’t work!!

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Casey February 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Most water bottles you see now are at least 16 ounces or more. Could some one send a water bottle that is over 13 ounces or does it need to bee 13 ounces or less?

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AmberLee February 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Hi Casey,
Thanks for the note! You can mail anything over 13 ounces, it is just quite a bit more pricey. Keeping things at 13 oz or less makes it possible to mail via USPS first class. I just use my kitchen scale to way my packages and I add on stamps. Hope this helps!!

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