Fan Mail Is 13 Ounces or Less

03.25.10

Don’t you think everybody should get their own fan club? Really, on some days, wouldn’t it be great to have your own cheering section? Or maybe…to open your mailbox and find fan mail?

You might want to try sending some fan mail this week. We thought we’d send some, and had a lot of fun doing it. Incase you want that fan mail to take the form of a foam finger, like ours, here’s the how-to. And if you have no occasion to make a foam finger today, trust me, there is going to come a time when you are going to want to make your own. And when that day comes, you will know how.

This has to be one of my favorite projects yet. We started with some leftover foam we’d bought at the fabric store. Thinner is better. We snipped out the appripriate shape, a front and a back.

We used a permanent fabric glue, Gem Tac or Liquid Stitch both work, and glued the front and back pieces together, then let them dry.

Next we pulled out our acrylic paint and mixed up some pink, fabric paint works too.

We made a few discoveries about working with the medium of raw cushion. It has to be damp to be painted. Aren’t you glad you have me to fill your mind with such important details? So we got the whole cushion wet and squeezed it out so it was just damp, painted onto the surface, then squeezed it out again.

I was very pleased the ty-died effect. You like?

Then, while the finger was still wet, we painted on our special message. If you’re planning to mail, remember to give this days to dry. You want it to be fully dry before you fold it over on itself.

And finally, the result. This goes out to all my readers, the very coolest readers and dearest friends in the world! I’m your fan.

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

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherry Cartwright March 25, 2010 at 7:46 am

Ohmygoodness, how cute is that! I bet any dad would appreciate that for Father’s Day and I’m sure any kid would think that was the coolest thing.

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AmberLee March 26, 2010 at 6:54 am

Sherry, you always have the best application ideas! I’m going back and adding a tag to this post that says “father’s day.” Also, LOVE the idea of having the scouts make a stand for their moms. My hubby works with the older scouts, 14-year-olds, and I just might suggest.

Thanks!! Hope your weekend is great!
Amber

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Samantha Lee March 25, 2010 at 8:03 am

You seriously get my award for ultra clever gal! That is really cool. How fun would it be to custom make one for a cousin who’s baseball team makes it to the championships? I’m on it! What kind of clear plastic box did you mail it in?

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AmberLee March 26, 2010 at 6:52 am

Hi SamanthaLee!
I tried a few different boxes, and actually managed to fit it in the tiniest 1.5 by 1.5 inch clear box that I’d saved from something, but ended up using a clear plastic frame like the ones I used for my Idea Room post. I just stuffed the finger in the box, cut out a piece of cardboard for the back and taped it on. I liked having the message show on the front. Garnish also sells clear plastic boxes in more of a cube shape.
hope your weekend is great!
Amber

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Michelle March 25, 2010 at 8:19 am

So clever! I love it and you could paint it in your child’s school colors too. Great party favors for a sports-themed party!

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Miranda March 25, 2010 at 9:04 am

I love it! I have no doubt that someday I will have the occasion to make a foam hand. It is so comforting to know where I can look for help. :) P.S. I’m new to your blog, but very much smitten.

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Tegan and Tage March 25, 2010 at 10:32 am

I’ve got to say, I am liking this series too. That would be the CUTEST invitation to a sports-themed party. (I just noticed another commenter said the same thing.) I’m a new follower too. Great ideas!

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Carol March 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm

This is so cute! Thanks for the easy instructions.

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Vindiciti March 25, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Wow! VERY cool! Considering I’m a military spouse who recently left her BFF, this is AWESOME! I can still gift to her little things like I do, and not break the bank. Can you really mail all kinds of neat things like that and they get delivered? I never would have thought the post office would deliver a soda bottle! THANK YOU so much!! You have no idea how much I appreciate these ideas!

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Brandy March 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm

That is the best idea that I’ve heard in a long time. I love it. Thank you for sharing.

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ohbrooke March 26, 2010 at 10:27 am

This is so cute. What a fun idea… who doesn’t love getting snail mail???

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Charissa - The Gifted Blog March 29, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Hilarious. Very original!

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Cindi Brooks April 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm

OMG! Just stumbled across your blog via Pinterest and I have to say I am totally impressed with your creativity and your awesome sense of humor! I love fun mail and now I am dying to mail bubble wrap, ribbon wands and buckets to far flung friends and family. Thanks so much for the inspiration – I will definitely be a regular reader from now on. XOXO Cindi

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AmberLee April 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Cindi,
Your comment pretty much made my year. Thank you!!

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Pip October 6, 2011 at 8:24 am

Thank you thank you thank you! My BIL is battling Stage 3 Colon Cancer and I feel absolutely at a loss as to how I can help. He lives 8 hours away and with his weakened immune system and my 3 dirty boys visiting isn’t always an option. These little gifts are perfect pick me ups!

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Jess January 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I love this idea! Where did you find the craft foam? I checked the local art store and they didn’t have any…. suggestions?

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AmberLee January 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Hi Jess! Thanks so much for the note! I found this foam at the fabric store. I think it’s actual purpose is for making cushions.

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sarah June 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

How do you calculate how many stamps you need?

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Gabriela July 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Here is what I don’t understand:first class mail is mail that is under 13 ounces and deliverable with a single stamp. Anything over 13 ounces is not first class mail, and needs more postage to be sent. Why did most of these posts include you paying 2-5 stamps for “first class?” I’m just confused.

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Carrie July 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I totally mailed a pail & shovel to two little girls & I can’t wait to hear how that daily trip to the mailbox was!!! I also mailed a dollar store DUST PAN to my friend who just got a new apartment… So much better then a cheesy card!!! Such great ideas!!! Can’t wait to mail more fun things!!! Thank you!!!

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christa August 27, 2012 at 4:54 am

Ok, so I tried the easter egg one this last Easter and my post office told me NO! Is there somewhere I could look up their policy and get accurate info to take in with me when I go to mail something strange? I was pretty mad. My kids have 12 cousins and I had taken the time to fill, tape, and label all of them myself and then was told No. :(

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AmberLee August 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Christa,
I am sooo sorry the eggs didn’t work out!! So a reader pointed me to this part of the USPS’s web site, which has unusual packages on it and how to measure for them (http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm100/tips-measure-packages.htm). I have been told, after the egg incident, that they ask for a minimum size of 3 x 5 I believe it was, but I have only been able to find minimum sizes for letters and maximum sizes for packages on the USPS’s website.

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AmberLee August 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Hi Christa,
One more note I forgot to mention, you can always try adding stamps (I like to use international stamps because they are a lot of postage and don’t take up a lot of space) and dropping them in a big blue mailbox. I’ve never had anything returned when I’ve done this.

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Desiree August 29, 2012 at 10:23 am

Wow! I too stumbled upon your site via Pinterest – I have to say this is fantastic! I live in Canada, do you know if they allow this sort of thing too? I guess I could always just try it out… but seriously, I would totally find all sorts of ways to do these sort of things if I could! Good luck – keep posting!

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AmberLee August 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Desiree,
Thanks for the note!! If you try this out and it works, I would LOVE to hear!! Crossing my fingers for you!

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Cora September 26, 2012 at 6:01 am

Love these Ideas!! On A Funny Note.. I Just Sent My Best Friend a Slice Of American Cheese :)

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AmberLee September 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Cora! You mailed American Cheese! This made my evening.

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