If you’re looking for the perfect little fall project, consider mail art! Mail art is quick, fun to make, and it provides eye candy for both the recipient and the postal workers who process it. Below, you’ll find 20 autumn-themed envelope art tutorials that will help you to tap into the spirit of the season.
1. Hissing Cat Mail Art (Halloween)
This hissing cat mail art features gothic lettering and the traditional orange and black Halloween color scheme. Learn how to make it here!
2. Haunted Mansion Printable Envelope Art (Halloween)
This spooky envelope is actually a printable template! Just add the recipient’s address, and your mail art is all set to go.
3. Calligraphy Skull Mail Art (Halloween)
To make this envelope, use a light box to trace half of the (free) Skull Outline Printable in pencil on the left side of an envelope. Write over the skull using walnut ink and Halloween-themed text content (like a song or a poem). Then, use Flytrap lettering to write the recipient’s name and Kaitlin Style calligraphy to write their address. The combination of walnut and Tangerine inks work perfectly for this mail art!
4. Flourished Spider Envelope (Halloween)
You can use Bleed Proof White ink, Kaitlin Style calligraphy, and the flourished spider drill from the Garden Drills packet to make this intricate mail art. If you can source a dark gray or black envelope, all the better!
5. Mummy Mail Art (Halloween)
Phyllis Macaluso is the queen of festive mail art. You can find tips and examples of her “Spooktacular” themed cards and envelopes in this tutorial. (The tutorial includes a printable that will help you make an envelope like the mummy-themed piece pictured above!)
6. Vintage Spider Printable Mail Art (Halloween)
The spider on this printable mail art template is based on vintage botanical illustrations. Print the template, add an address (I used walnut ink and Kaitlin Style calligraphy to write the address pictured above), and send!
7. Creepy Halloween Castle Mail Art (Halloween)
This envelope is Halloween at its best: a full moon, a witch, a vampire, a castle on a cliff, and bats. Learn how to make it in this mini tutorial!
8. Gold Filigree Leaf Envelope
What’s more reminiscent of fall than golden leaves with delicate veins? Learn how to draw these elegant leaves in this tutorial.
There aren’t many of us who don’t love a hot fall drink! This mail art concept centers around a teacup. Draw your favorite teacup pattern along with plenty of flourishes.
Fall colors, an abundance of vegetation, and a flourished cornucopia make this envelope a delight to look at. Try to make this mail art on a brown envelope if you can! Learn how to make it in this tutorial.
11. Coffee Calligraphy Mail Art
Make mail art like this as you sip on the obligatory pumpkin spice latte! It utilizes coffee, elegant calligraphy, and muted blue watercolor. You can learn how to create calligraphy with coffee and see step-by-step photos of this envelope here.
12. Chic Inky Poppies Envelope
Poppies aren’t an autumn flower. However, this black, white, and gold color schemes and all of the falling leaves remind me of the season. Learn how to make this motif in this tutorial!
This envelope has gold and brown to represent autumn leaves and white to represent snow. Plenty of flourishes give it a bit of a Christmassy feel, as well! Just a classy piece to create as you get into the fall groove. Find the tutorial here!
Autumn is the traditional time to start putting up wreaths. This envelope art — which features a “midcentury” wreath — gives a subtle nod to the season.
The leaves, flourishes, and walnut ink used to make this envelope make it just right for fall! Learn how to make it here with the help of a free printable and a video tutorial.
Nothing says “fall” more than pumpkins and maple leaves! This envelope art motif features both. You can learn how to make it — and find a free traceable template — in this tutorial.
17. Flourished Calligraphy Medallion Mail
When we think “mail art”, we usually think about the front of the envelope. Consider adding a dose of autumn to the back of your envelope instead! The sprigs of wheat in this calligraphy medallion make it perfect for the fall.
18. Ombré Mail Art
A red, orange, and yellow ombré effect on this recipient’s name help make this mail art perfect for this season! Try to source stamps with a similar color scheme as a complement. Find the tutorial here!
19. Lacy Tea-Stained Envelope
The walnut ink and tea stains on this envelope give it a cozy cold weather feel! Learn how to draw the lace here, then use Janet Style calligraphy to write the address. Finish the envelope with stamps that feature warm colors, then cover the envelope with plenty of tea spatters!
My favorite way to conclude a fall evening? Make a pot of tea (Harney & Sons’ decaf “Paris” is my current favorite) and have a good conversation. You can learn how to make this envelope art — perfect for the tea lover in your life — here.
I hope that these cozy autumn envelopes inspire you to sit down and indulge your creativity! If you’d like to make one of these, but you’re not sure what to put inside, you can always read TPK’s letter writing tips or browse greeting card tutorials. Either way, your recipient will love your creation!