Make Your Own Pen Pal Binder

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Hello everyone! I hope it’s starting to feel like Spring wherever you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love writing letters. I write to several different pen pals and have used up dozens, maybe hundreds, of pages of notebook paper over the course of a few years. My first pen pal was my kindergarten teacher who would send me many postcards with sunsets, pandas, or flowers. Then I started blogging and โ€œmetโ€ several other bloggers through reading their blogs. In 2016 my sister sold a clay sculpture to one of my blogger friends, K.A., and we decided to start writing letters to each other. When 2017 came around I had several more pen pals and had become well acquainted with letter writing. But it wasnโ€™t until recently that I thought up the wonderful Pen Pal Binder.

Okay, this invention isnโ€™t actually that special, but itโ€™s rather handy. Especially when you donโ€™t want to balance a letter and a notebook in your lap while making sure you donโ€™t lose your pencil and pencil sharpener on a long car ride. Itโ€™s also nice to have it handy if you just want to add a little bit more to a letter and donโ€™t feel like rounding up all the supplies. So today I shall explain the simple process of making the pen pal binder.

The first and most obvious step is to find a binder. The size of this depends on how many letters you write and what size they are. Since I write a good many letters that can be pretty lengthy, I got a large binder that could hold many sheets of paper. (Actually I mostly got it because it had poppies and I love poppies. XD)

The next step, once youโ€™ve selected the appropriate binder, is to find some notebook paper and put it in your binder.

Now that youโ€™re done with the simple stuff, you can move on to the more interesting things. I wanted to keep everything I needed to write and send a letter in my envelope, so I needed stamps and envelopes. I also wrote down a quick list of my pen palโ€™s addresses. I put all these sending items in a pouch I found among some binders. Before I found the pouch I simply used a Ziploc bag stapled to a plastic divider. Maybe not the prettiest thing ever, but it worked, so if you don’t have a pouch that should work!

Here is a pretty good priced 2 pack of binder pouches if you want to get some.

The final things I needed in my binder were pencils, erasers, and the like. For this I grabbed a seam ripper and ripped out a supplies holder that was in my ancient backpack. It had pouches and slots for pencils and it works very nice. However, itโ€™s quite likely that the majority of people making pen pal binders donโ€™t have such a thing available. In that case, you could add the supplies to your envelope and stamp bag or get another bag/pouch. The one annoying thing about this is that the supplies are lumpy and arenโ€™t exactly the greatest writing surface. This isnโ€™t much of a problem though, for I simple switch the pouch around to different sides of my binder or just take it out if Iโ€™m sure I wonโ€™t lose it.

There’s also this clip-on pen holder that might work if you clip it to the inside of your binder!

When I am writing replies I keep my pen palsโ€™ letters at the back of my binder so I can easily flip to it and read the next topic to reply to. If the letters are on stationary I fold the papers and put them in the envelope pouch or else hole-punch the papers.

To sum up, here is a quick list of the supplies I have in my pen pal binder.

  • Notebook paper
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • List of addresses
  • Various scraps of scrapbook paper (for decorating envelopes with)
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Eraser (these are the erasers I use and I love them)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Washi tape (helpful as tape and doubles as decoration for envelopes)
  • Small scissors

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I have another post coming up with some easy envelope art ideas for the not-so-artistic (like me :P) later this week, so stay tuned for more pen pal stuff!

Before you go, you should check out an interview Bekah and I did with each other. It includes answers to questions such as when I’m getting a donkey and whether or not Bekah thinks Star Wars is at least a little bit overrated. Just click THIS LINK to read it!

do you have a pen pal?

what’s your opinion on star wars?

P.S. The featured image photo is from Unsplash.com.

93 thoughts on “Make Your Own Pen Pal Binder

  1. Great post, Megan! โค๏ธ What a wonderful idea! I think I’m going to try to make this. Oh, and thanks so much for sharing the link to the interview!

    -Bekah โค๏ธ

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  2. THIS IS A FANTASTIC IDEA, MEGAN! Also I LOOOOVE poppies too, what do you know. Unfortunately, my pen-pal supplies rather exceed a binder, so I have a pen-pal crate. Not exactly the most portable of options. But anyway, I LOVE THIS. EPIC. GROOVY. RADICAL. WICKED. DEADLY.

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    1. THANKS ARIA. Ooh, really? They’re quite nice. Well you don’t need to put EVERYTHING in the binder. But a pen pal crate does sound handy even if it’s not so portable. UMM SURE. I could have titled this “make your own deadly pen pal binder”.

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      1. YOU ARE MUCH WELCOME. Yep. And they grow in our lawn, too! However, I’ve yet to see a whole field of them…TRUE. Yeah, it is. HA HA, WELL, I WAS JUST USING SOME 80’S SLANG. But you could have, yes. *nods*

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  3. This is such an awesome idea! I’m totally going to have to try it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Whenever I get a letter the next day I’m always going through my desk trying to find the stuff I want to send! You could also use a notebook like this to keep letters you receive! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thank you so much, Hannah! Yay, I hope it works well for you! Haha, that sounds like something I’d do. ๐Ÿ˜›
      Yeah, that would work! I did that but then I ran out of room in the binder. Maybe some time I’ll get several binders and store them in that!

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  4. Wow, this looks like a really neat idea! I hope to have a pen pal someday, though now I don’t do much except mail friends who live away and things. But writing letters would definitely be so much better!
    P.S: Star Wars forever! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  5. Wow, that’s really cool! Hehe…sorry about taking so long to reply to your letter – it’s on my desk but I keep on forgetting to write back. :/ I’d love to make this, though!

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  6. This was so cool , I literally have like 30 or more pen-pals so when I saw the title of your post in my emails I was like, ooh! Haha! What an awesome idea! I love writing letters, it’s so much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My thoughts on Star Wars? Meh. It’s okay, not bad but not epic, lol! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  7. This is so cool and such a great idea, Megan! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your pen pal binder looks great- I think I’m going to make one. ๐Ÿ˜€

    -Clara โค

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  8. What a cool idea, Megan! I do have a couple pen pals, but we don’t write that much.
    As for Star Wars, I’ve only formed an opinion on it based on other people talking about it, because I’ve never seen any of it. And my opinion is that I never want to watch it. Do you like it?

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  9. I have a ton of pen pals and struggle to keep up with them because it’s a tedious process to gather up all the materials… XD But this will help me immensely! *wipes sweat* Whew. Thanks, Megan!

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