Post Office Drawings





Introduction: Post Office Drawings

This project was the genesis for an instructable I posted earlier called Drawing Machine

This project takes a more mellow approach and makes the post office make your drawings for you.

You will need:

-A shipping package
-A suitable sized piece of paper
-A "stylus" of your own making
-Packaging tape
-A marker
-Money for postage
-An understanding friend

Step 1: Gather Materials

Choose a shipping container that will accomodate your stylus. In this project I am using an old stylus from my Drawing Machine Instructable. It fits nicely inside this cardboard tube, allowing for free movement and mark-making abilities.

Cut a piece of paper to fit inside the shipping container. This piece is as long as the tube is tall (allowing for the lid, which actually squeezes into the tube), and should be as wide as the inside diameter of the tube, in order to not have any overlap in the paper, which would yield a blank spot where the paper fell over itself.

Step 2: Assembly

I will be sending this to a friend who is ill, so I wrote a little note on the back of the drawing wishing her a speedy recovery.

Roll up the paper with the note on the outside and insert it into the tube.

Drop the Stylus into the tube.

Seal package with packing tape.

Write opening instructions near the lid.

Address the package, and just for giggles, write some encouragement on the package.

Step 3: Post

Take your package to the post office and purchase the required postage. It's probably best to purchase the slowest, longest route possible so that your package gets lots of time to be created and gets a lot of jostling. Encourage the nice woman at the counter to shake up your drawing and help make a unique gift for your friend.

Step 4: Other Ideas

A tube might not be the only way to go here. What about a long piece of paper rolled up inside a square box? What about using multiple styluses? How about sending two sheets of paper, so your friend can remove the inner piece to keep for themself, and can repackage and send it back to you so you can each have a drawing? Oh, the mind reels with the possibilities...



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    Do you have a picture of the result of this? It seems like it would either fill it completely and randomly or barely at all... Nevertheless, I think I'm going to try this. Also, your stylus might be construed as some sort of weapon by terror-crazed postal inspectors...

    We'll see on both counts!


    So. . . results? 

    dont quite get it

    lol there isnt an awful lot to get. its just a way to make random drawings to send to people. just for giggles. =]

    I was eating my lunch at working wondering how the hell you "draw" with a unhulled chestnut. It's when I finally went, "did he dip it in ink or something?" that I finally enlarged the pic of the "chestnut". Lovecraftian is a good description. I can't wait to write/draw to family in the old country!

    Very cool Idea. My brother just moved to texas yesterday, and we are always giving wierd gifts to eachother, so I might send him this. + and faves

    Cool project! I like the "stylus" - have you tried this with multiple colored pencils? What if you suspended the stylus by a spring attached to one end of the tube?