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How To Decorate a Mail-In Sweepstakes Envelope


Example of a decorated mail-in sweepstakes entry

Decorated Sweepstakes Envelope

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Can decorating the envelopes you use for mail-in sweepstakes improve your chances of winning? Many sweepers think so, and with good reason. If you look down into a mail bag filled with boring white envelopes, and see a single, exceptionally cheery entry, wouldn’t you be more likely to pick that one? Even when the drawings are made blind, envelopes that have unusual weight or texture might have an edge over plain ones.

These techniques are especially helpful in local sweepstakes, where the winners are more likely to be drawn by an actual person.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Use brightly colored envelopes. You can buy envelopes in a variety of bright colors, which stand out instantly from standard white envelopes.
  2. Draw designs on the outside with glitter, puff pens, crayons, or even finger-paint. The brighter and more vivid the designs, the better.
  3. Stickers add weight and texture as well as color to an envelope. Stickers that are related to the sponsor, the sweepstakes theme, or the sponsor’s products are an especially nice idea.
  4. Cut out images from magazines or product boxes. A cheap alternative to stickers, this is also a good way to include the sponsor’s products or logo on your envelope.
  5. Take photographs of yourself or a family member holding or using the sponsor’s product. Cut it out and glue it on the back of the envelope. Make sure that the picture is small enough to fit.


  1. Always read the rules carefully before using a decorated envelope. Some specify that you must use a plain white envelope.
  2. Make sure that your designs do not obscure the address or return address.
  3. Keep a border at the bottom of the envelope free of design, to avoid interfering with the post office’s bar codes. The border should be at least an inch high.
  4. If you have an unusual idea for a design, check the post office website to ensure that it doesn’t break any postal regulations.
  5. Whether decorating your envelopes can really give your entry that winning edge is up for debate, but it is surely fun to do. Bright, cheerful envelopes can make it more fun to enter, lifting your spirits and helping to keep you motivated.

What You Need

  • White or colored envelopes
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glitter glue
  • White glue
  • Paints
  • Stickers
  • Scissors
  • Magazine pages or photos to cut up
  • Any other decorative supplies

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