Write Your Own 18th Century Letter!

Our previous blog post dove into Nano’s letters and their historical significance. We also looked at the importance of letter writing, especially today! While technology keep us connected in many fantastic ways, receiving a letter from a loved one is incredibly special! Since communication is so important in the current climate, we thought we’d show you how to make an authentic 18th Century letter!

Just follow our step-by-step guide and you’ll be writing like Nano in no time!


What you will need:

A4 Paper

A very inky pen

3 tea bags (preferably Barrys Tea)


Hot water


Envelope and Stamp


How to:

  1. First boil up the kettle and steep your 3 tea bags in a mug for 10-15 mins
  2. While your tea is steeping, write a letter to a family member or friend who you are missing with the inkiest pen you can find in your house!
  3. When you are finished writing your letter, let the ink dry for a few minutes.
  4. Put you paper on a flat surface, dip your paintbrushes in your tea and start painting the page!
  5. Once the whole page is painted, leave the paper dry, then repeat until you get the desired effect.
  6. If you want some parts to look darker, take the teabag and pat it directly on to the page.
  7. Leave to dry overnight before sending your letter.
  8. If you want a really authentic letter writing experience, write your letter by candlelight and seal your envelope with a wax seal! (You might need adult supervision for this!)

We made a video you can follow on our Facebook and Instagram pages if you’re stuck! Check them out!

Let us know who you sent your 18th Century letter to!

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