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What To Do With Those Political Mailers

Updated on September 30, 2012

Living in a battleground state, the stakes are high for the candidates, as they are throwing tens of millions of dollars at ads to inform you just how much of a lowlife their opponent is. Mail is arriving in bulk in an effort to inform voters of the impending doom and consequences a your vote can have on the future of this great country.

It is up to you to save America, stay the course, time for a new direction, tax more, tax less, the 1% the 99 %, the 47%, the jobs, healthcare, It all rests on how you cast that ballot.

If you're like me and already know which way you're voting (which I would guess most of us know by now), the attack ads on television are beyond tiresome, and at this point, many of us have had enough. Every time I check the mailbox, I'm bombarded by mailers, piles of colorful fliers full of exclamation points and large bold fonts. They warn me, guide me, and scare me into voting for whoever is paying the postage.

But this isn’t' a political piece, I don't care how you vote, really. I'm merely suggesting what to do with the tons of junk mail you receive in this election process. Recycle them? Sure, but I suggest you have a little bit of fun first. I've tried writing RETURN TO SENDER to no avail, So here I present a few ways to use political mailers.

Dust Pan

I think this is the obvious choice. If you're like me, you can never find the dust pan. No problem, grab one of these card stock fliers and sweep up your mess into it's sturdy fold. Politicians never have a problem rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty, so feel free to cover them with your own.


As I mentioned above, these super sturdy mailers are built to withstand the elements, this includes the condensation from your tasty beverage. They make a perfect coaster, so whether it be Mitt or Barack, kick back and enjoy


So you're not a fan of either candidate, well make a fan. Here in Virginia, early October can still be warm at times. As the rhetoric heats up in the battle states, we may need to cool off just a bit. Once again the politicians have provided us with the tools we need, if we get creative. Make your own personal fan, designed to keep you cool on those warm early fall days we enjoy in the south.

Paper Airplane

Now it's time for some good old fashioned fun. Relax outside with the kids, or just look like a weirdo by yourself. Either way, a paper airplane is a great way to enjoy a breezy fall day. Choose from many different designs and colors. With countless mailers coming in daily, you will be able to design your own fleet of paper airplanes in no time, enjoy!

More Uses...

  • Insulation
  • A bird cage liner
  • A straight edge when painting
  • Dividers
  • Frame backings
  • sun visor
  • A table spread for pumpkin carving
  • Wall paper
  • Window black,
  • A collage...

There are endless options out there, you just have to get creative. Dig in that recycling bin, find those pesky mailers and get started. Hopefully the sheer volume of these things are keeping our post office afloat, as I sometimes find 2 or 3 of them sitting in my mailbox per day. So the next time you open your mailbox hoping to find a magazine or coupons but instead find another doom and gloom mailer warning of the terror awaiting you if you don't make the right decision, don't be concerned, have a little fun...


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    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Zofia!

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      6 years ago from Oregon

      Fantastic! I HAVE to share this on FB! :)

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Shining, such a waste!

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Very funny Weestro. Although I must say, I would tell you what I think they can all do with the flyers but I'm trying to be good today!

      Thanks for the giggles

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      Rachel Koski 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota

      Very funny, and actually useful :) I hate those mailers, but always feel bad throwing them away because somehow I put blame on myself for contributing to the landfills. I especially like the idea of using them to line a bird cage!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I just may try this one Lady Luv!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Good one Bill, thanks for stopping by!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Great idea Becky, and then if one gets a paper cut, it's the politicians fault! Thanks

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      Lady Luv 

      6 years ago from Webster, MA, USA

      I have a suggestion:

      Fold them up and stick them in the postage paid return envelopes for credit card offers, junk mail, etc, and return the favor.

      OR, save them up, and hand them out to Jehovah's Witness', Avon Ladies, or Girl Scouts when they come knocking. Tit for tat, I say.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A liner for the litter box? Loved this; I think you have finally found a value for these things. Well done Pete!

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I gave them to my grandchildren. They played with them for two days. It is amazing but kids love the garbage more than toys sometimes. Mine used to open Christmas or birthday presents and then play with the wrapping paper, bows, and the boxes were the best. A kid can play for months with a couple of big cardboard boxes. Mine made trains and cars out of them.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for stopping by bac2basics, glad you enjoyed it!

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      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi weestro. I have been lax in reading your stuff of late, just been too busy. I am pleased I found the time to read this though, you had me laughing immediately. Does anyone actually read all this stuff I wonder ? specially when it´s all on the TV night and day anyway. Great hub and thanks for the giggle :)


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