Sending Easter eggs in the mail to friends and family can be a really fun unexpected surprise.
Can you really mail Easter eggs?
Yes! You can! Think about your lucky friend who will open up their mailbox expecting the usual bills and spam mail and find a super sweet mailed plastic egg filled with goodies instead.
Sending Plastic Filled Eggs by Mail
A couple of years back, I saw someone at the Post Office mailing something in a Pringles can to a friend. At first, I thought they were just sending a can of Pringles and as soon as I got to the counter I asked the Postal worker if you were even allowed to do that!
That’s when she told me you could mail pretty much anything!
That inspired a big list of gifts to send in the mail which includes a bunch of unusual things to mail including this large plastic egg idea. So this year, we decided to send our friends Easter eggs in the mail.
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Supplies Needed To Mail Easter Eggs
- Jumbo Plastic Easter Eggs. (The little ones are too small to fit both an address and stamps on so using the large plastic eggs is a much better solution.)
- A Sharpie to write the address with.
- Something to put in the Easter eggs that isn’t too heavy. (If it’s over 3.2 ounces, then it starts costing more.)
- Clear Packing Tape
- Stamps (At the time of this post, it costs $2.32 in postage to mail the eggs as long as they are under 3.2 ounces.)
Instructions for Mailing Plastic Easter Eggs
- To mail Easter eggs, you fill the large plastic eggs with something small. (I sent two Starburst candies and a little note in mine.) It’s also fun to add a little Easter Grass since it weighs practically nothing and will add as a sort of packing material inside your egg.
- Write the address right on the large plastic egg with a sharpie.
- Cover the outside of the plastic egg with clear tape. Make sure the address is visible enough that the Post Office can read it.
- After you’ve taped your eggs, add the stamps, and now your Easter Eggs are ready to mail!
Our Experience Mailing Plastic Eggs
A couple of things you need to know:
- The post office thought I was a little crazy when I went in and had them weigh the large plastic eggs for me to mail, but they were very excited about it.
- Our friends did get them, but they took a couple of days longer than most mail does.
- I wouldn’t put anything of actual value in an egg and mail it or anything, this is more about getting something silly and fun in the mail than anything else!
Will the US Post Office Deliver My Plastic Eggs by Mail?
Yes. There are no regulations about the shape of the piece of mail delivered by USPS. The main guideline is that packages delivered by the post office must not weigh more than 70 lbs or be more than 108 inches in total length and girth. Obviously, large plastic Easter eggs are much smaller than that!
Can I Mail Eggs?
You can mail real eggs, but not how we have outlined here for plastic eggs! The post office recommends that you wrap each egg individually in bubble wrap if they are breakable and then put them into a box that closes tightly, but doesn’t put too much pressure on how close the eggs are together.
What Can I do with Old Plastic Easter Eggs?
Most plastic Easter eggs can not be recycled, so finding an alternative use for them can be a great solution. Obviously, we love the idea of sending plastic filled eggs in the mail, but there are also a bunch of uses for plastic Easter eggs that you can check out as well.
When You Can’t Be Together at Easter
Easter is a time for friends and family to gather, but it isn’t always possible. I love the idea of sending Easter in the mail as a fun surprise. One thing I have noticed is my kids don’t get mail. So, to have something like plastic, filled eggs show up in the mailbox can be a double surprise!
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What are you going to put in your plastic eggs to mail?
Jumbo plastic Easter eggs
Something to fill the eggs
(optional) Easter grass
Clear Packing Tape
- Fill the large (Jumbo) plastic eggs with what you want to mail.
- (Optional) Add Easter grass to fill and cushion inside the egg.
- Write the address on the outside of the egg with a permanent marker.
- Cover the outside of the egg with clear tape.
- Add stamps.