Mail Art - Recycling Junk Mail Envelopes



How to Reuse Junk Mail

Four Methods:

Junk mail. It's constant, ubiquitous, pervasive and omnipresent. If you can't beat it, reuse it in as many wonderful ways as possible.

Steps

Around the house

  1. Use junk mail catalogs under pet dishes.This is an easy way to keep kibble, biscuits and meat from messing up the floor. Whenever there is a spill, simply pick up the junk mail and toss it, replacing with a fresh piece.
  2. Use junk mail catalogs under your kitchen trash can.Let it collect the bits that get dropped. Each trash collection, also pick up the junk mail, toss it away and replace with a new piece.
  3. Line boxes with junk mail catalogs.Use the boxes for storage of items, carriage of things or for temporary housing for an injured animal while transferring it to the vet or welfare center.
  4. Turn the backs of junk mail envelopes into writing paper.Ideal for shopping lists, working out calculations and drawing doodles.
  5. Cut out your address labels from personalized junk mail.Keep these "pre-addressed labels" to reuse for sticking on envelopes you need to send. This can be helpful for parcels sent after selling items online.
    • Anything padded is worth keeping for your online sales too!

Crafts

  1. Use junk mail catalogs to turn into decoupage.Cut out the fun pictures and use to decoupage boxes, old suitcases (for funky storage), old bottles (for vases), etc.
    • Make decoupage pictures or collages using shreds of junk mail catalogs.
    • Open the flap of junk mail envelopes to make a house shape. Glue to paper, design windows and doors, a chimney and you have instant house designs to create fun art with.
  2. Turn junk mail into necklaces.Punch out lots of junk mail catalogs. Use any shapes but circles work as well as any other shapes. Thread them onto a string tightly until you have the length required. Knot to close. Wear and enjoy the feel of junk mail as art.
  3. Make woven paper art.You can weave junk mail into baskets, boxes, wallets, bags and more. It will look a lot better than it did as junk mail.

Party Ideas

  1. Hole punch lots of junk mail into small pieces.Both catalogs and envelopes can be used. Use as confetti.
    • Tuck the confetti pieces inside balloons before blowing them up for a fun effect.
  2. Rip junk mail catalogs into long pieces.Use as streamers for your next party event.

Toys and Games

  1. Make memory cards from catalogs with the same images.Turn them all over and test your memory.
  2. Make toy groceries and stock from catalogs.Cut out the images, glue to cardboard (old cereal boxes, shoe boxes) or containers (old yogurt containers, bottles, etc.) to create toy groceries and items. Set up shop and let your kids play at displaying the goods for sale and selling them.
  3. Give children catalogs for their artwork.They can cut and rip to their heart's content and turn it into any sort of art and craft that pleases them.

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  • Some junk mail might be suitable for turning into recycled paper, if you have the recycling kit.
  • Shredded junk mail can be used in many ways as stuffing. Scrunched up junk mail can also serve this purpose.
  • Babies can have fun tearing junk mail to pieces. Puppies and kittens will like it too. However, be sure to watch and collect all the pieces; such paper should not be sucked in case the inks are not good.
  • Keep junk mail you're going to reuse in a basket or box.
  • If you don't want to get junk mail anymore, get a sticker or sign for your mailbox that requests that only official mail be placed into it.
  • Salvage all freebies from junk mail, such as stickers, labels, pens, key rings etc., to reuse for your own needs or to use in crafts.





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