A Shovel and Bucket are 13 Ounces or Less


It’s beginning to feel like summertime here. So to celebrate, today I am going to the post office and mailing a shovel to a little girl I know. My local post office is starting to know what to expect from me, and all of the workers have a great sense of humor. But if they look at me strange, I’ll just explain that tomorrow, I will mail a bucket.

If you decide to give this a try, you can print postage at home and just drop your shovel in a mailbox, but it’s so much more fun handing it to a postal worker and waiting for them to say, um, I guess there’s nothing liquid, perishable, or potentially hazardous?

UPDATE: Just as a little FYI, the shovel was $1.22 to mail. Not bad. And the postal worker didn’t even flinch when he had to find a place for the postage sticker. The bucket goes out tomorrow.


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


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Elyse June 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Fabulous idea!!!!!! I would love to put a smile on the face of the man behind the desk of my PO. He is a bit grumpy and could use a laugh.


Melody June 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

So awesome! I love this idea. So can I ask: How much does it cost to mail a bucket and shovel?


AmberLee June 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Hi Melody!

I’m glad you like it! Postage on the shovel was $1.22. Not bad, since I bought these at Micheal’s for $1. So the whole surprise will come in under $5, totally worth it for making my niece think that I’m cool.


Michelle365 June 3, 2010 at 1:43 am

I never knew you could mail items outright just like that…..thought it had to be in a box! go figure!


Sherry Cartwright June 3, 2010 at 7:31 am

Toooooo cute!


estella June 4, 2010 at 9:42 am

You are seriously a clever genius! I love this idea. Thank you for always sharing such goodness with us.


Rachel April 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

I never realized that you could send something without it being buried in a cardboard box. Mmm…..gonna have to think of what to send to whom.


Lisa May 5, 2011 at 11:37 am

I wish we could do this in Canada. I’m pretty sure that anything that doesn’t fit through the mail slot is considered a parcel and automatically jumps to parcel rate which is hugely expensive. Darn.


AmberLee May 9, 2011 at 4:40 am

Hey Lisa,
Thanks for taking a moment to write. I hadn’t realized about the “mail slot” restriction. Hmm. Maybe we’ll have to brainstorm something flat and still fun.


CARA June 3, 2011 at 7:14 am

hwo much was the bucket? 1.88 as well?


AmberLee June 4, 2011 at 8:48 am

Hi Cara! Yes, they were both 1.88. You can check out postage for anything you want to send at the USPS first class mail rates. (http://www.usps.com/prices/first-class-mail-prices.htm) Just makes sure you look under packages and not envelopes. Good luck!!


Lana @ ilovemy5kids July 6, 2011 at 8:00 am

You are now my FAVE blog evah! This is super cool…I’ve already been on your site for a super long time! Loving it!

Not sure how I even got here!

Lana @ ilovemy5kids


amber m March 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm

did you add your own printed label? Im so excited to try a few of these this week!!!


Christa April 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Very cute idea :)


Carrie June 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

I LOVE this idea! I’m going to send a shovel to my boyfriend who has been a camp counselor all summer! Can you just use stamps on the back of the shovel or do you need to take it into the post office and let them do it? Also, do you know if you can send a pool noodle through the mail?


Laura S February 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm

THank you for these great ideas!! love it. Please keep it coming


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