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By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!*

Moonlight & stardust. Magic & masquerade.

For this Pretty Postal mail swap, we’re inviting you to get a little dark, maybe a little spooky, and create beautiful mail inspired by midnight.

Wait, what? Midnight? What kind of theme is that?

It’s simple really – what do you think of when we say “midnight?”

Wolf howls, bat wings & the light of the full moon?
Stargazing with your sweetheart?
Loud music, neon lights & dancing till dawn?
Cinderella’s glass slipper?

Using the magic of mail, transform your vision of “Midnight” into beautiful post and help us fill mailboxes with something other than bills this October.

This mail swap will connect you with a group of 2-4 snail mail loving partners to exchange mysterious midnight-themed mail!

Tell Me More! 

  • You will be matched with 2-4 other people to exchange midnight-themed mail with
  • Pretty Postal swaps are all about decorated envelopes! Make your mail extra-special using beautiful lettering, hand drawn details, stamps, patterned paper, washi tape, paint… anything goes! 
  • Don’t forget a note inside that beautiful envelope. Your midnight-themed mail may be handmade or a card by a designer you love 
  • Include a little goodie with your note. Not sure what to include? How about stickers, a pretty postcard, lovely tea, chocolate, or a recipe for your favourite midnight snack?
  • It’s free to join! 
  • Please tag #prettypostalswap when sharing images on social media

    Dates, Deadlines & Important Details

    • Sign ups start on September 19 and close on September 30
    • You will receive your partner assignments by October 3
    • Mail must be sent by October 17, 2016
    • Partners will be assigned randomly. We cannot accommodate specific partner requests. 
    • Swap is open to mail lovers from all over the world!
    • Participants must be over the age of 18
    •  If you would prefer not to send mail internationally, please indicate this in your sign-up email. We will do our best to accommodate you. 
    • This is a one-time swap. Participating in The Midnight Mail Swap does not automatically enroll you in any future swaps.

    • How do I sign up? 

      Email with the following information: 
      Email address 
      Postal address 
      Instagram handle (if you have one) 

      Please note if you’d prefer not to be matched with international partners

      Confidentiality Disclaimer
      Your address and contact information will be kept private and won’t be shared with anyone other than your swap partners. Any personal information provided to you about your partners is for the purposes of this mail swap only. Information is not to be shared, sold or used for any other purposes. By signing up for this swap, you are giving us permission to share your name, email address and postal address with your swap group. Any contact, by mail, email or in person, beyond the terms of the initial mail swap, must be by mutual agreement between the swap partners in question. Any violation of this agreement will not be supported or endorsed by the members of Pretty Postal and we cannot be held liable for any misuse of the provided information.

      * Macbeth (4.1.44-45)

Need a little inspiration for your Midnight Mail? Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Constellations & astronomy (or astrology!)
  • Moon phases
  • Nocturnal animals - owls, bats, wolves...
  • Tarot, fortune telling, the supernatural
  • Folklore & ghost stories
  • Decaying flowers (or night blooming flowers!)
  • Dark blue or black envelopes with white or metallic ink
  • Vintage apothecary style
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • "the witching hour..."
  • Black cats & other superstitions

We were delighted with the response to our first swap this spring - The Pretty Postal Floral Swap. 

Snail mailers were invited to exchange floral-themed mail with postal partners from around the world. There were over 100 participants and swappers from all over – Toronto, Vancouver, California, Russia, Australia, Ghana and beyond!

It was such fun to see gorgeous floral mail being exchanged.  Check out Instagram hashtag #prettypostalswap to see some of the fantastic mail that went out. Swappers hit it out of the park, creating lovely envelopes, letters and sharing floral-themed ephemera.  

Here are a few of the lovely pieces of mail that were swapped:

@postalcheer (received from @poppybirrd)

We’re excited for our next swap, and hope that you’ll love the theme as much as we do!