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Junk Mail Crafts
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
How much junk mail comes into your house?
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
Organize the Mail in Your House - Keep It Tidy
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!
Junk Mail Crafts - Keep the ads and flyers because just look what you can do with them!
- michele made me: Junkmail Snowflakes - Possibility #2
Did you also know about my little junkmail-snowflake-making rampage? Well... I regret to inform you that it goes on. I know... Call me obsessed. I can take it. Here's my junkmail snowflake experiment du jour. Jars. I stuck the snowflakes to jars. Se
- Craft Recycled: Junk Mail Stationery | greenUPGRADER
Don't toss that junk mail into the recycle bin! Use your crafty skills to transform it into unique stationery instead.
- Create Junk Mail Art - CRAFT Video Podcast @Craftzine.com blog
Watch this video to see Art work by Patricia Zapata of A Little Hut. Patricia creates some of the most beautiful works of art using junk mail!
- A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata: recycling project no. 6 - junk mail trees
So here they are. Little trees made of junk mail and bristol paper. I used white paper but you can really use any color you choose as long as its a card stock.
- How to Make Beautiful Beads From Recycled Newspaper
I love finding ways to turn everyday common items, which would otherwise go into the garbage, into beautiful items that everyone can enjoy! So… when I came across a gal who was making beautiful beads from recycled newspaper, I had to share the idea w
- Junk mail typography collage art. ~ Mod Podge Rocks!
My favorite retailer sends me many catalogs and sale mailers. I must say, I always get excited when a Crate and Barrel catalog arrives. I get a lot of inspiration from looking through them and the quality of the paper is great for decoupaging, especi
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!
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?
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!
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!
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
Junk Mail Crafts for Kids
- Crafts from Junk Mail | Repurposed Craft | Ganz Parent Club
Trash to treasure, great ways to repurpose your unwanted junk mail into a craft that you and your kids can enjoy.
- Crafty Reuse: Your Guide to Junk Mail Crafts + Art | Crafting a Green World
Rather than toss all those catalogs and offers into the recycle bin, you may as well take advantage of the free craft supplies! Despite our best efforts to stop marketers from sending us junk mail, the stuff still seems to find its way into our mailb
- Do It Yourself! Creative ways to re-use your junk mail!
Do It Yourself! Did you know... 320 million of your tax dollars goes toward the disposal of unwanted junk mail?! Junk mail destroys 62 million trees per year, & fills 3% of America's landfills?! Here are some ways you can re-use your own junk
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