21 Open When Letter Ideas & Examples

Open When Letter Ideas
This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something, I may make a commission at no extra cost to you. For more info, please see my full ad & affiliate disclosure.

Open When Letters are a fun and thoughtful way to let your long-distance loved one know that you are missing them. There are TONS of different topics and things to put inside the letters. Open when letter ideas are all over Pinterest.

The best part of making open when letters is designing and decorating the envelopes. I had the most fun decorating the envelopes for my husband’s open when letters when he was on a hardship tour to Central America.

I have scoured the internet and put together a list of open when letter ideas that are sure to inspire you!

Open When Letter Ideas

[Click on each photo for the link to the original pin.]

Cute & Colorful

Open When Letters: Ideas and Inspiration

I love these white envelopes with colorful fonts, themed illustrations, and large hand-lettering.

#10 Security Tinted Self-Seal Envelopes - No Window - EnveGuard, Size 4-1/8 X 9-1/2 Inches - White - 24 LB - 100 Count (34100)#10 Security Tinted Self-Seal Envelopes – No Window – EnveGuard, Size 4-1/8 X 9-1/2 Inches – White – 24 LB – 100 Count (34100)#10 Security Tinted Self-Seal Envelopes - No Window - EnveGuard, Size 4-1/8 X 9-1/2 Inches - White - 24 LB - 100 Count (34100)COLNK Pastel Highlighters with Chisel Tip, Cute Macron Assorted Ink-8 Colors Marker Pens Set Students Children GiftCOLNK Pastel Highlighters with Chisel Tip, Cute Macron Assorted Ink-8 Colors Marker Pens Set Students Children GiftCOLNK Pastel Highlighters with Chisel Tip, Cute Macron Assorted Ink-8 Colors Marker Pens Set Students Children Gift

 

Boxed Up

Open When Letter Ideas

I love the idea of sending open when letters in their own box. That way the recipient can keep them together and can always find them when they need them.

Hallmark 7Hallmark 7Hallmark 7Hallmark Ombre Foil Wrapping Paper with Cut Lines on Reverse (3 Rolls: 60 sq. ft. ttl) Blue & Green, Silver & Gold, Red & PurpleHallmark Ombre Foil Wrapping Paper with Cut Lines on Reverse (3 Rolls: 60 sq. ft. ttl) Blue & Green, Silver & Gold, Red & PurpleHallmark Ombre Foil Wrapping Paper with Cut Lines on Reverse (3 Rolls: 60 sq. ft. ttl) Blue & Green, Silver & Gold, Red & Purple

 

Colored Envelopes

Open when letter ideas

These open when letters inside colored envelopes are sure to brighten your anyone’s day!

Sodaxx 30 Packs A9 5.75 x 8.75 Inches Colorful Invitation Greeting Card Envelopes (15 Assorted Colors) Self Seal Square Flap Colorful Colored invitation envelopes for Weddings, Photos, GraduationSodaxx 30 Packs A9 5.75 x 8.75 Inches Colorful Invitation Greeting Card Envelopes (15 Assorted Colors) Self Seal Square Flap Colorful Colored invitation envelopes for Weddings, Photos, GraduationSodaxx 30 Packs A9 5.75 x 8.75 Inches Colorful Invitation Greeting Card Envelopes (15 Assorted Colors) Self Seal Square Flap Colorful Colored invitation envelopes for Weddings, Photos, GraduationSHARPIE Color Burst Markers, Fine Point, 24 CountSHARPIE Color Burst Markers, Fine Point, 24 CountSHARPIE Color Burst Markers, Fine Point, 24 Count

 

Black & Gold

Open When Letter Ideas

These open when letters on white envelopes with classic black and gold lettering and illustrations are beautiful!

MISULOVE Hand Lettering Pens, Calligraphy Pens, Brush Markers Set, Soft and Hard Tip, Black Ink Refillable - 4 Size(6 Pack) for Beginners Writing, Art Drawings, Water Color Illustrations, JournalingMISULOVE Hand Lettering Pens, Calligraphy Pens, Brush Markers Set, Soft and Hard Tip, Black Ink Refillable – 4 Size(6 Pack) for Beginners Writing, Art Drawings, Water Color Illustrations, JournalingMISULOVE Hand Lettering Pens, Calligraphy Pens, Brush Markers Set, Soft and Hard Tip, Black Ink Refillable - 4 Size(6 Pack) for Beginners Writing, Art Drawings, Water Color Illustrations, JournalingMISULOVE Metallic Gel Pens, 6 Pack, Silver and Gold Gel Ink Pens, Fine Tip 0.8mm Metal Fine Tip, Opaque Archival Ink Sketching Pens, for Black Paper Drawing, Illustration Deisgn, Adult Coloring BookMISULOVE Metallic Gel Pens, 6 Pack, Silver and Gold Gel Ink Pens, Fine Tip 0.8mm Metal Fine Tip, Opaque Archival Ink Sketching Pens, for Black Paper Drawing, Illustration Deisgn, Adult Coloring BookMISULOVE Metallic Gel Pens, 6 Pack, Silver and Gold Gel Ink Pens, Fine Tip 0.8mm Metal Fine Tip, Opaque Archival Ink Sketching Pens, for Black Paper Drawing, Illustration Deisgn, Adult Coloring Book

 

Simple is Best

Set of Open When Letters for a deployed service member

Simplicity is key with these letters with their plain black lettering and clever illustrations. These are the open when letters I made for my own husband, you can see what I put in each of them here!

EnDoc 9x12 Clasp Envelopes –5 Pack Brown Kraft Catalog Envelopes with Clasp Closure & Gummed Seal – 28lb Heavyweight Paper Envelopes for Home, Office, Business, Legal or SchoolEnDoc 9×12 Clasp Envelopes –5 Pack Brown Kraft Catalog Envelopes with Clasp Closure & Gummed Seal – 28lb Heavyweight Paper Envelopes for Home, Office, Business, Legal or SchoolEnDoc 9x12 Clasp Envelopes –5 Pack Brown Kraft Catalog Envelopes with Clasp Closure & Gummed Seal – 28lb Heavyweight Paper Envelopes for Home, Office, Business, Legal or SchoolDyvicl Hand Lettering Pens, Calligraphy Brush Pens Art Markers for Beginners Writing, Sketching, Art Drawing, Illustration, Scrapbooking, Journaling, Black Ink Pen Set, 8 SizeDyvicl Hand Lettering Pens, Calligraphy Brush Pens Art Markers for Beginners Writing, Sketching, Art Drawing, Illustration, Scrapbooking, Journaling, Black Ink Pen Set, 8 SizeDyvicl Hand Lettering Pens, Calligraphy Brush Pens Art Markers for Beginners Writing, Sketching, Art Drawing, Illustration, Scrapbooking, Journaling, Black Ink Pen Set, 8 Size

 

Artsy Fartsy

open when letter ideas

I am in awe of the creator that made these gorgeous open when letters. They are a true artist!

LUXLIA Professional Watercolor Pencils, Set of 48, Multi Colored Art Drawing Pencils and Brush in Bright Assorted Shades, Ideal for Coloring, Blending and Layering, WatercolorLUXLIA Professional Watercolor Pencils, Set of 48, Multi Colored Art Drawing Pencils and Brush in Bright Assorted Shades, Ideal for Coloring, Blending and Layering, WatercolorLUXLIA Professional Watercolor Pencils, Set of 48, Multi Colored Art Drawing Pencils and Brush in Bright Assorted Shades, Ideal for Coloring, Blending and Layering, WatercolorA7 White Envelopes 5X7 50 Pack - Quick Self Seal,Square Flap¡ê?for 5x7 Cards| Perfect for Weddings, Invitations, Photos, Graduation, Baby Shower, Stationery for General, Office | 5.25 x 7.25 inchesA7 White Envelopes 5X7 50 Pack – Quick Self Seal,Square Flap¡ê?for 5×7 Cards| Perfect for Weddings, Invitations, Photos, Graduation, Baby Shower, Stationery for General, Office | 5.25 x 7.25 inchesA7 White Envelopes 5X7 50 Pack - Quick Self Seal,Square Flap¡ê?for 5x7 Cards| Perfect for Weddings, Invitations, Photos, Graduation, Baby Shower, Stationery for General, Office | 5.25 x 7.25 inches

 

Quantity

Open When Letter Ideas

Whoa! I’m sure there’s a letter there for every occasion.

Dual Brush Marker Pens for Coloring,24 Colored Markers,Fine Point and Brush Tip Art Markers for Kids Adult Coloring Books Bullet Journals Planners,Note Taking Coloring WritingDual Brush Marker Pens for Coloring,24 Colored Markers,Fine Point and Brush Tip Art Markers for Kids Adult Coloring Books Bullet Journals Planners,Note Taking Coloring WritingDual Brush Marker Pens for Coloring,24 Colored Markers,Fine Point and Brush Tip Art Markers for Kids Adult Coloring Books Bullet Journals Planners,Note Taking Coloring WritingDesktop Publishing Supplies 5x7 Envelopes - 45 Pack - Thick A7 Size (5.25 x 7.25 inch) with Bright White Vellum Finish - for Mailing Greeting Cards, Invitations, Postcards, Photos, AnnouncementsDesktop Publishing Supplies 5×7 Envelopes – 45 Pack – Thick A7 Size (5.25 x 7.25 inch) with Bright White Vellum Finish – for Mailing Greeting Cards, Invitations, Postcards, Photos, AnnouncementsDesktop Publishing Supplies 5x7 Envelopes - 45 Pack - Thick A7 Size (5.25 x 7.25 inch) with Bright White Vellum Finish - for Mailing Greeting Cards, Invitations, Postcards, Photos, Announcements

 

Patterned Paradise

open when letter ideas: patterned envelopes

These patterned envelopes are perfect for open when letters!

Designer Poly Mailers 10x13: Sample Variety Pack ~ Anchor, Daisy, Hibiscus, Arrow, Cactus, Pink & Mint Aloha, Watermelon, Flamingo, Pineapple Printed Self Sealing Shipping Poly Envelopes Bag (30 Pcs)Designer Poly Mailers 10×13: Sample Variety Pack ~ Anchor, Daisy, Hibiscus, Arrow, Cactus, Pink & Mint Aloha, Watermelon, Flamingo, Pineapple Printed Self Sealing Shipping Poly Envelopes Bag (30 Pcs)Designer Poly Mailers 10x13: Sample Variety Pack ~ Anchor, Daisy, Hibiscus, Arrow, Cactus, Pink & Mint Aloha, Watermelon, Flamingo, Pineapple Printed Self Sealing Shipping Poly Envelopes Bag (30 Pcs)Sharpie Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Fine & Ultra-Fine Points, Black, 4 Pack (32175PP)Sharpie Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Fine & Ultra-Fine Points, Black, 4 Pack (32175PP)Sharpie Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Fine & Ultra-Fine Points, Black, 4 Pack (32175PP)

 

Clever Illustrations

Open When Letter Ideas

These open when letters decorated with clever illustrations are everything! I love them!

Crayola 100 Colored Pencils, Amazon Exclusive, Adult Coloring, GiftCrayola 100 Colored Pencils, Amazon Exclusive, Adult Coloring, GiftCrayola 100 Colored Pencils, Amazon Exclusive, Adult Coloring, GiftCastle Art Supplies 72 Premium Colored Coloring Pencils Set for Adults Artists Beginners | Ideal for Drawing Sketching Shading | Artist Soft Series Lead Cores with Vibrant ColorsCastle Art Supplies 72 Premium Colored Coloring Pencils Set for Adults Artists Beginners | Ideal for Drawing Sketching Shading | Artist Soft Series Lead Cores with Vibrant ColorsCastle Art Supplies 72 Premium Colored Coloring Pencils Set for Adults Artists Beginners | Ideal for Drawing Sketching Shading | Artist Soft Series Lead Cores with Vibrant Colors

 

Red, White, & Blue

Open When Letter Ideas

I love the uniformity of these red, white, and blue open when letters. And I’m sure the printed labels make this project a lot easier and faster than decorating them by hand.

BeeChamp 50pcs A7 5x7 Self-Sealing Gummed Vintage Airmail Style Invitation Envelopes, WhiteBeeChamp 50pcs A7 5×7 Self-Sealing Gummed Vintage Airmail Style Invitation Envelopes, WhiteBeeChamp 50pcs A7 5x7 Self-Sealing Gummed Vintage Airmail Style Invitation Envelopes, WhiteJAM PAPER 6 x 9 Open End Catalog Colored Envelopes with Clasp Closure - Red Recycled - 100/PackJAM PAPER 6 x 9 Open End Catalog Colored Envelopes with Clasp Closure – Red Recycled – 100/PackJAM PAPER 6 x 9 Open End Catalog Colored Envelopes with Clasp Closure - Red Recycled - 100/Pack

 

Hearts

Open When Letter Ideas

Love will surely be in the air when these letters reach their recipient! I adore the little hearts stuck to each one!

LUXPaper A9 Invitation Envelopes in 70 lb. Grocery Bag for 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Cards, Printable Envelopes for Invitations, with Peel and Press, 50 Pack, Envelope Size 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 (Brown)LUXPaper A9 Invitation Envelopes in 70 lb. Grocery Bag for 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Cards, Printable Envelopes for Invitations, with Peel and Press, 50 Pack, Envelope Size 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 (Brown)LUXPaper A9 Invitation Envelopes in 70 lb. Grocery Bag for 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Cards, Printable Envelopes for Invitations, with Peel and Press, 50 Pack, Envelope Size 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 (Brown)DCWV Card Stock 12DCWV Card Stock 12DCWV Card Stock 12

 

Color Matching

Open When Letter Ideas

I love how the color of the writing matches the color of each envelope.

Invitation Social Envelopes with Peel & Stick Closure, Assorted Pastels 50ct, A6 SIZEInvitation Social Envelopes with Peel & Stick Closure, Assorted Pastels 50ct, A6 SIZEInvitation Social Envelopes with Peel & Stick Closure, Assorted Pastels 50ct, A6 SIZEDual Tip Art Marker Pens Fine Point Journal Pens & Colored Brush Markers for Kid Adult Coloring Books Drawing Planner Calendar Art Projects (24 Colors)Dual Tip Art Marker Pens Fine Point Journal Pens & Colored Brush Markers for Kid Adult Coloring Books Drawing Planner Calendar Art Projects (24 Colors)Dual Tip Art Marker Pens Fine Point Journal Pens & Colored Brush Markers for Kid Adult Coloring Books Drawing Planner Calendar Art Projects (24 Colors)

 

Emoji

Open When Letter Ideas

These open when letters, decorated with emojis are perfect!

SCStyle 50 Pack Colored Envelopes 3.35 x 6.89 Inches 10 Unique Design Cute Coin invitation Gift Card Postcard Colorful EnvelopesSCStyle 50 Pack Colored Envelopes 3.35 x 6.89 Inches 10 Unique Design Cute Coin invitation Gift Card Postcard Colorful EnvelopesSCStyle 50 Pack Colored Envelopes 3.35 x 6.89 Inches 10 Unique Design Cute Coin invitation Gift Card Postcard Colorful EnvelopesRhode Island Novelty Emoticon Emoji Sticker Roll, 100/RollRhode Island Novelty Emoticon Emoji Sticker Roll, 100/RollRhode Island Novelty Emoticon Emoji Sticker Roll, 100/Roll

 

Uncomplicated

Open When Letter Round Up

These open when letters keep it uncomplicated with their hand-drawn and handwritten fronts.

Quality Park #6 3/4 Security-Tinted Envelopes with Peel & Seal, 100-Pack, White – QUA10417Quality Park #6 3/4 Security-Tinted Envelopes with Peel & Seal, 100-Pack, White – QUA10417Quality Park #6 3/4 Security-Tinted Envelopes with Peel & Seal, 100-Pack, White – QUA10417Copic Premium Artist Markers - 72 color Set A - Intermediate LevelCopic Premium Artist Markers – 72 color Set A – Intermediate LevelCopic Premium Artist Markers - 72 color Set A - Intermediate Level

 

Pastels

Open When Letter Ideas

Pastel envelopes make these open when letters even sweeter!

50 Business Envelopes, Standard Flap (Multi Color Pack, 9.550 Business Envelopes, Standard Flap (Multi Color Pack, 9.550 Business Envelopes, Standard Flap (Multi Color Pack, 9.5Hand Lettering for Beginners: Simple Techniques. Endless Possibilities.Hand Lettering for Beginners: Simple Techniques. Endless Possibilities.Hand Lettering for Beginners: Simple Techniques. Endless Possibilities.

 

Emoji Love

Open When Letter Ideas

Emoji stickers make these open when letters look bright and fun!

InStockLabels Happy and Fun Emoji Stickers, 1-Inch Adhesive Face Stickers, Pack of 500InStockLabels Happy and Fun Emoji Stickers, 1-Inch Adhesive Face Stickers, Pack of 500InStockLabels Happy and Fun Emoji Stickers, 1-Inch Adhesive Face Stickers, Pack of 500Kicko Emoji Stickers Roll for Kids - 2 Rolls - Assorted Emoticon Sheets - Party Favors, Game Prizes, Novelty Toys, Wall, Creative Scrapbooks, Girly Collections, Personalized Arts and CraftsKicko Emoji Stickers Roll for Kids – 2 Rolls – Assorted Emoticon Sheets – Party Favors, Game Prizes, Novelty Toys, Wall, Creative Scrapbooks, Girly Collections, Personalized Arts and CraftsKicko Emoji Stickers Roll for Kids - 2 Rolls - Assorted Emoticon Sheets - Party Favors, Game Prizes, Novelty Toys, Wall, Creative Scrapbooks, Girly Collections, Personalized Arts and Crafts

 

Marker Fun

Open When Letter Ideas

All you need for these fun open when letters is a pack of colorful markers.

Dyvicl Hand Lettering Pens, Calligraphy Brush Pens Art Markers for Beginners Writing, Sketching, Art Drawing, Illustration, Scrapbooking, Journaling, Black Ink Pen Set, 8 SizeDyvicl Hand Lettering Pens, Calligraphy Brush Pens Art Markers for Beginners Writing, Sketching, Art Drawing, Illustration, Scrapbooking, Journaling, Black Ink Pen Set, 8 SizeDyvicl Hand Lettering Pens, Calligraphy Brush Pens Art Markers for Beginners Writing, Sketching, Art Drawing, Illustration, Scrapbooking, Journaling, Black Ink Pen Set, 8 SizePrismacolor Premier Beginner Hand Lettering Set with Illustration Markers, Art Markers, Pencils, Eraser and Tips Pamphlet, 8 CountPrismacolor Premier Beginner Hand Lettering Set with Illustration Markers, Art Markers, Pencils, Eraser and Tips Pamphlet, 8 CountPrismacolor Premier Beginner Hand Lettering Set with Illustration Markers, Art Markers, Pencils, Eraser and Tips Pamphlet, 8 Count

 

Printable

Open When Letter Ideas

Make life easy with open when letter printables!

Avery Matte White Square Labels with Sure Feed, 3Avery Matte White Square Labels with Sure Feed, 3Avery Matte White Square Labels with Sure Feed, 3Avery Printable Blank Square Labels, 2Avery Printable Blank Square Labels, 2Avery Printable Blank Square Labels, 2

 

Vibrant

Open When Letter Ideas

These open when letters are vibrant and sure to please your homesick loved one!

American Greetings Single Panel Blank Cards with Envelopes, Rainbow Colors (200-Count)American Greetings Single Panel Blank Cards with Envelopes, Rainbow Colors (200-Count)American Greetings Single Panel Blank Cards with Envelopes, Rainbow Colors (200-Count)Business Envelopes - 120-Pack #10 Envelopes, Standard V-Flap Envelopes for Holiday, Office, Checks, Invoices, Letters, Mailings, Windowless Design, Gummed Seal, 6 Assorted Colors, 4-1/8 x 9-1/2 InchesBusiness Envelopes – 120-Pack #10 Envelopes, Standard V-Flap Envelopes for Holiday, Office, Checks, Invoices, Letters, Mailings, Windowless Design, Gummed Seal, 6 Assorted Colors, 4-1/8 x 9-1/2 InchesBusiness Envelopes - 120-Pack #10 Envelopes, Standard V-Flap Envelopes for Holiday, Office, Checks, Invoices, Letters, Mailings, Windowless Design, Gummed Seal, 6 Assorted Colors, 4-1/8 x 9-1/2 Inches

 

Wax Seals

Open When Letter Ideas

How cool are these open when letters sealed with wax stamps?

Wax Seal Stamp Kit, Wax Sealing Kit with 648 Pieces Sealing Wax Beads, 2 Wax Stamps, 4 Candles, 10 Vintage Envelopes,2 Spoon and 1 Warmer, 2 Metal Pens, Ideal for Wedding Invitations, Gift WrappingWax Seal Stamp Kit, Wax Sealing Kit with 648 Pieces Sealing Wax Beads, 2 Wax Stamps, 4 Candles, 10 Vintage Envelopes,2 Spoon and 1 Warmer, 2 Metal Pens, Ideal for Wedding Invitations, Gift WrappingWax Seal Stamp Kit, Wax Sealing Kit with 648 Pieces Sealing Wax Beads, 2 Wax Stamps, 4 Candles, 10 Vintage Envelopes,2 Spoon and 1 Warmer, 2 Metal Pens, Ideal for Wedding Invitations, Gift WrappingCHUHUAYUAN Wax Seal Stamp Kit with Gift Box, 24 Colors and 624 Pcs Wax Seal Beads with Wax Seal Stamp, Sealing Wax Warmer, Wax Seal Metallic Pen and Envelope, Wax Seal Kit for Gift and DecorationCHUHUAYUAN Wax Seal Stamp Kit with Gift Box, 24 Colors and 624 Pcs Wax Seal Beads with Wax Seal Stamp, Sealing Wax Warmer, Wax Seal Metallic Pen and Envelope, Wax Seal Kit for Gift and DecorationCHUHUAYUAN Wax Seal Stamp Kit with Gift Box, 24 Colors and 624 Pcs Wax Seal Beads with Wax Seal Stamp, Sealing Wax Warmer, Wax Seal Metallic Pen and Envelope, Wax Seal Kit for Gift and Decoration

 

Banner-licious

Open When Letter Ideas

Avery Blank Greeting Cards with Envelopes 5Avery Blank Greeting Cards with Envelopes 5Avery Blank Greeting Cards with Envelopes 5Quality Park 10 x 13 First Class Catalog Envelopes, First Class Border, Redi-Strip Self-Sealing Closure, 28 lb White Wove, 100 per Box (QUA44786)Quality Park 10 x 13 First Class Catalog Envelopes, First Class Border, Redi-Strip Self-Sealing Closure, 28 lb White Wove, 100 per Box (QUA44786)Quality Park 10 x 13 First Class Catalog Envelopes, First Class Border, Redi-Strip Self-Sealing Closure, 28 lb White Wove, 100 per Box (QUA44786)

 

Love these open when letters decorated with colorful banners!

I hope these open when letter ideas have inspired you to put together some of your own. They are perfect for deployed service members, college students, missionaries, or any long-distance loved ones.