Custom Letter Writing Box

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Playful Learning: Letter Writing Kit

I love giving personalized gifts to people. It is the little things that lets that someone know just how special they are… Randi from Swoon! is with us today to share the lovely letter writing kit that she created for a young writer in her life. Oh, and if you have a moment, you may want to go and “meet” the newest budding author in her family, Jack. Congratulations Randi!

Hello, it’s Randi again from Swoon! I don’t know about you, but I still get excited when I sit down to write a letter. While most of my email correspondence is on the go and less than well-written, taking the time to write an actual letter forces me to slow down. I take a little more time with my words, taking care to include all that’s on my mind. The act of actually writing more than a few lines with a pen on paper can be rare these days!

Most kids love to write and send letters, no matter what age they are. Recently, my girls have been wanting to send their drawings and “writing” to family members that are far away. The idea that loved ones will receive it in a few days is almost like magic to them.

Playful Learning: Letter Writing Kit

Because I love to write, and happen to be obsessed with stationary, paper, and the like, I thought a custom letter writing box would make a great gift for my niece, who just turned 8. I’m not the first to make one of these boxes, but I thought I would give you a peek into mine. I hope it inspires you to pass on the love of letter writing to a child in your life! You can also search the web for “letter writing kit” to see some of the other lovely ideas out there. If you don’t have the space for a large writing center in your home, keeping a box like this stocked and on the shelf could be a nice alternative. I custom designed everything in my kit, but don’t worry if that’s not your thing! You can find everything you need at a variety of stores.

Playful Learning: Letter Writing Kit

Playful Learning: Letter Writing Kit

The things I included in my box were:

  • blank address labels
  • custom return address labels (you can make these using avery labels and your computer)
  • 3 different colors of envelopes
  • blank hang tags
  • pretty tape (to seal envelopes)
  • pencils and colored pencils
  • pencil sharpener
  • pretty cards (blank inside)
  • blank folded cards (can be bought or made from card stock)
  • custom letter writing stationary (I printed my niece’s name at the top of textured white paper using my computer)
  • fun stickers
  • two lined notebooks for journaling or list making

Playful Learning: Letter Writing Kit

I found the box itself in the wood section of the craft store. You can usually find a variety of wooden boxes in various sizes. I wanted to add a special touch to the gift so I decided to line the box with pretty fabric. I trimmed the fabric to size and attached a few ribbons to hold pencils with my sewing machine. I also sewed an envelope to the fabric to hold labels and stamps. I used a hot glue gun to carefully attach the fabric to the inside of the box. For a simpler approach, you could use pretty paper to line your box and include a fun pencil case or bag for the smaller items in your box.

Happy letter writing!



Randi Edwards is a regular contributor to Playful Learning, who specializes in crafts for kids. She also manages our wonderful contributors and helps to make this a beautiful place with a little design magic. She puts her passion for daydreaming to work over at her blog, Swoon where she shares ideas, original projects, and favorite things. She loves to laugh and considers herself a lifelong student. She lives in Seattle with her husband and three young children, and strives to make her home a beautiful, playful, and accessible place to grow up.



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  1. my husband and i were just talking about this last week – and are so excited to build one for our family…the kids write so many letters that go unmailed and we’re starting to feel guilty. thanks for the inspiration – and no, ours will not look as good as this.

  2. Oh, either of my girls (4 & 8) would be over the moon to get a gift like this… great idea! They both have been asking to mail letters to family and firends recently. And to their delight, people write back! Kids just love getting mail, too. Thank you for such beautiful inspiration.

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