I’m normally not into cute and girly things, but when it comes to Korean stationery I make an exception. Drop me off at any stationery store or Seoul’s craft markets and I’ll be there all day perusing (and purchasing) the flowery envelopes, patterned tape and even those notepads riddled with awkward yet endearing Konglish. The best part of buying these paper supplies is sending them to my friends overseas. So when my friend set the date for an intimate DIY wedding ceremony in Brooklyn, I knew that a crafty care package from Seoul was in order.
Choosing a pre-wedding gift in the cute design capital of the world can be a daunting task. Seoul’s selection of crafty goods alone can be overwhelming. I assembled this package around my friend’s wedding colors (muted pastels, cheery yellow) and from observing her aesthetic (whimsical florals, diffused light) via her Instagram feed. The care package includes small design tools and paper goods that you can put to use in planning a small wedding or any other festive occasion.
Versatile gift bag set
3,500 won for a set of six bags + six stickers at Hottracks
This pretty set of gift bags by DailyLike can also double as envelopes. Stuff them with candy and goodies or use them to send oversized letters. Some bags are translucent and perfect for revealing colorful surprises contained within. Comes in an assortment of delightful patterns and colors.
Paper frame photo album
7,500 won at Hottracks
Nothing says wedding paper like thick, ivory sheets of it. This “Indian Pink” photo frame from O-Check Design includes 12 sheets of paper and a sheet of black photo corners to secure your memories to the page. Use the album as a guestbook for a small wedding or as a mini scrapbook to put together after the big day.
Brass number clips
18,500 won from Hottracks
These clips from Midori are imported from Japan and can be found at most Hottracks stores in Seoul. The brass clips, numbered from one to 12, can serve various needs including marking tables and places at events or holding together cash, paper, receipts (for each month of the year!) and label binders.
1,500 won per pen at Youngpoong Mungo (YP Books)
Some writers swear that an attractive writing tool can make a big difference when putting pen to paper. These colorful pens add just the right amount of whimsy to writing tasks, whether for guestbook signing or thank you cards.
Transparent decorative stickers
1,000 won for four sheets of forty-two stickers at Hottracks
These round stickers from E2 Collection can be used to denote groups by color, or just to add a splash of color to your regular decor.
Old school plier staplers
4,500 won at Hottracks
Get nostalgic—and productive!—with this vintage-inspired plier stapler from O-check Designs. One caveat: the stapler’s limited capacity for miniature no. 10 staples means it works best with dainty projects.
What’s your favorite stationery/design/craft product from Korea?