Okay, let’s be real. You don’t really have to know anybody in boot camp to be able to use these ideas for your letter writing. In fact, most of these ideas have been inspired by letters that I wrote to my S/O while we were long distance, but not while he was in basic training.
Considering that letters are your primary form of communication while he’s in boot camp, it would still be a great idea to use these while your loved one is in basic.
Let’s get started!
#1. Printing Washed Out Pictures on Notebook Paper
This is a simple way to add a personal touch to your love letters. Just insert the picture (or pictures) of your choice into a Microsoft Word Document, right click the image(s), choose “Format Picture,” and then pick “washout” under the tab labeled “picture color.” These steps might be different on different versions of Word, but you should still be able to find the washout option somewhere under the “Format Picture” selection.
Now just load notebook paper into your printer, print your washed out photo, and you’re ready to go!
I love how this gives your letters such a meaningful background.
#2. “Open When” Letters
This is a series of letters that are meant to be opened at different times. Although you can choose to do whatever “open when” letters you want, I recommend including an “open now” letter. Here are the ones I made for my husband while we were long distance:
This project is especially good for loved ones in boot camp who may sometimes go several days or even whole weeks without receiving any letters (even if you’ve been sending one pretty much every day—trust me, I know how much snail mail sucks). This way they can still hear from you, even when our beloved postal service is being slightly less than quick in delivering your letters.
Don’t forget to spray each letter with perfume!
#3. Themed Letters
For example, Codie and I have lots of nicknames for each other, such as Mario & Princess Peach, so I would typically use something like this for my theme. When I made the Mario themed letter, I started it with “Dear Mario” (I drew it in the Super Mario font) and included doodles of things from the video game. I also signed the letter as Princess Peach to finish off the theme.
While the concept of a themed letter is very simple, I’ve found that it can actually take quite a bit of creative conjuring to add more to a theme or to even come up with new ones sometimes. Despite this, it’s a cute way to decorate your letters and relive those butterflies you feel when he calls you his Minnie Mouse (or whatever other sappy name he might call you).
#4. “Reasons Why I Love You”
I strongly feel that writing down some reasons why you love your significant other is important to do every once in a while. It not only makes them feel loved and appreciated, but it also helps you remember all of the reasons you fell in love with them in the first place (which makes it harder to let yourself get mad at them sometimes!).
This kind of letter is great for anniversaries and birthdays, because you can relate the special number of years to the amount of reasons you love them (just make sure they know you’re only naming a few reasons why, that there are many more).
Every boot camper could use a little confidence boost as well as some love from home!
#5. Drawings or Doodles
Okay, so this one isn’t technically a letter. But if you have ANY kind of artistic ability whatsoever, you should totally send your loved one a little masterpiece, even if it’s just some doodles you scribbled on notebook paper in class. The more sentimental the better!
Here are a few drawings I made for my husband while we were long distance. He still talks about how the sketch of the ship completely flipped his week around while he was in boot camp (I actually just overheard him talking about it the other night – ha!).
Believe me, it doesn’t have to be perfect or even spectacular to put a smile on your loved one’s face. Anything you put effort into will mean the world to your S/O. So grab your pencil & some paper and let your creative juices flow!
Got any more ideas for creative letters? Let me know in the comments below!