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Junk Mail Crafts

Updated on October 7, 2014

Recycle Your Junk Mail and Make Crafts

We all get some fairly often. Maybe not every day but at least several times a week. What is it? JUNK MAIL!

I already recycle most of my junk mail; I shred the bits with my name and address on it, and the rest usually goes in the recycle bag. But I decided I could actually do something with all of this paper! Make junk mail crafts!

I made this small piece of junk mail art using the tutorial from Patricia Zapata. The link takes you to a video tutorial. Her junk mail art is beautiful!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Just a bit of my junk mail.
Just a bit of my junk mail.

How much junk mail comes into your house?

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See the full tutorial for making these junk mail snowflake jars by clicking the link.
See the full tutorial for making these junk mail snowflake jars by clicking the link.

Make Junk Mail Snowflake Jars

Michele Made Me has a great tutorial at her blog for making these fun snowflake jars. Yep, she uses junk mail for the snowflakes!

Click the link above to see the full tutorial. It looks really easy, and I love how these jars turned out!

And think about it. If you save up a few pickle, olive, or pasta sauce jars and your junk mail, this craft is pert near free!

Photo Credit: Michele Made Me

There's More To Junk Mail Than Paper

Not all junk mail is paper.

Keep the business-card-size magnets

that come on phone books and in with

junk mail from realtors, plumbers, and the like.

Cover them with your own message to make

instant magnets for the fridge, locker, or filing cabinet!

Paper beads make into a necklace.
Paper beads make into a necklace.

Make Paper Beads with Junk Mail

Make paper beads with junk mail. The shiny, slick advertisements work well for paper bead making. For one thing, they hold up well to coating the underside with glue or Mod Podge and for another, they are usually colorful, which makes colorful beads!

This necklace was made with paper beads, small spacer beads, stringing material, and a barrel (screw-type) clasp. This is an easy beginning beading project for kids and adults. The paper beads you make from junk mail will make your necklace unique and one of a kind.

Check this link for information on how to make your own beads.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Craft Supplies for Junk Mail Crafts - Get crafting!

You don't need much to make fun junk mail crafts. These basics will get you started.

Be sure to give young kids blunt scissors, not the pointy kind, for everyone's safety!

Spools of handspun newspaper yarn.
Spools of handspun newspaper yarn.

Make Newspaper Yarn

Recycle newspaper and make all sorts of things!

Check out Doug Gunzelmann's blog entry on how to make handspun recycled newspaper yarn!

This is amazing to me. There are also photos of a rug, ottoman, and more projects made using this ingenious material we normally pitch in the recycle bin!

Photo Credit: Doug Gunzelmann

Comment from a reader:

"I'm with you... I save my junk mail magnets for crafting. You can put a photo on one to display on the fridge.

Save the envelopes in your scrap paper for note taking on the blank side."

Thanks to Vallain for these great tips!

Junk Mail to Buy! - Who Knew You Could Buy Junk Mail Notes?

Handmade Junk Mail Notes
Handmade Junk Mail Notes

These notes are made from junk mail. If you need a nice simple gift for an environmentally friendly family member or friend, here you go!

Embassy Txe200pe 20 Sheet Junkmail Shredder
Embassy Txe200pe 20 Sheet Junkmail Shredder

For all of that junk mail that you can't craft with, please shred it if your name and address or any other personal information appears on it. Better safe than sorry!

Let kids spell their name with junk mail letters. Scarlett needed my help with this, but we got 'er done.
Let kids spell their name with junk mail letters. Scarlett needed my help with this, but we got 'er done.

Spell with Junk Mail

Make name plates, personalize a bag, write a ransom note, whatever you like. Just be sure to use junk mail.

Got kids? Kick those "I'm bored" moments to the curb.

When the kids are looking for something to do, think junk mail.

Hand the kids some junk mail and ask them to spell their names. They can cut out individual letters or maybe find their name in the junk mail!

Then they can glue the letters on construction paper to make a cool personalized name plate for their bedroom door or wall. Or maybe they can personalize a bag or just fill a page with words they spell using junk mail letters.

Let them decorate the page with crayons, colored pencils, or craft paint.

Scarlett (my cat) has been wanting her own brown bag with her name on it. Now she has one.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

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Sound Off About Junk Mail ~ Do You Craft With Junk Mail?

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      5 years ago

      The newspaper yarn idea is new for me. Interesting.

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      5 years ago

      We try to opt out of snail mail as much as possible, but we still get our share of junk mail. Now I have some good ideas to try next time it starts piling up.

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      5 years ago

      Wonderful! It had never occured to me to view junk mail as a crafting supply (beyond laying it down UNDER whatever I'm working on to protect my table). What a great way to transform junk mail from an annoyance into a valued resource!

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      5 years ago

      I have made some of those paper necklaces with my oldest granddaughter. We had so much fun doing that, and they really turned out nice. :)

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      Sherry Venegas 

      5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Newspaper into yarn is fascinating. I may have to learn to knit.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens! Reusing and recycling are important!

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      Since the old days when I wrote on the backs of envelopes, back before junk mail, I just shred the name part and recycle the rest. Seems like fun projects for kids, though.

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      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Some great ideas for using that junk mail. I seem to remember that women in Africa make paper beads:)

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      6 years ago

      So interesting. Wow. Great lens.

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Was Scarlett playing with the junk mail on the counter and gave you the idea for this lens? What a smart kitty!

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, great job! Squidlike

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      6 years ago

      I use junk mail for crafting, too. Sadly I've never got a magnet in the mail...

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      Frugal Bride 

      6 years ago

      Such great ideas! I hate throwing away all that wasted paper. Thanks :)

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      6 years ago

      I already have some magnets on the fridge waiting for me to think what to put on them. Glad to see it really is a good idea. I like the idea of paper beads as well.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: Thanks! I added your comment above to share with other Junk Mail Crafts readers.

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting lens... Great ideas to recycle junk mail!!!! Great job.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm with you... I save my junk mail magnets for crafting. You can put a photo on one to display on the fridge. Save the envelopes in your scrap paper for note taking on the blank side.

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      6 years ago

      I've added this lens to a new text module on my paper crafting lens. What a good idea--we complain about junk mail, but why not recycle it into something creative?

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      Kumar P S 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful ideas ! Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      I love this backpack

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      6 years ago

      This is super creative, thank you for sharing! Great Lens : )

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      6 years ago

      Adorable ARTICLE, Peggy! I love the idea of covering the magnets I get with my own stuff. Now, why didn't I think of that?!

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      Auntie-M LM 

      6 years ago

      It's good to know that something can be done with the junk! Clever ideas.


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