Try as I might, I have not been able to completely eliminate junk mail. Since I am able to stop junk mail completely, I have decided to consider it a resource.
10 Ways to Repurpose Junk Mail:
1. Use the small pretty pictures from magazines and advertisements to create a gift tag. Cut the image and glue it to a sturdy piece of card stock. Use a hole punch to create a hole and then insert a string to tie the gift tag onto a package.
2. Use the large pretty pictures to create a bookmarks. Cut out an image and glue it to a sturdy piece of card stock. Use a hole punch to create a hole and then insert several strings and knot them. Cut the strings so that about 2 inches extend from the book mark. You can fray the strings if you wish.
3. Use the sealable envelopes to hold seeds collected from your garden.
4. I write grocery lists on the outside of otherwise unusable envelopes, and then put the coupons I am going to use inside.
5. My son is learning to cut pictures from the catalogs and then he practices pasting the pictures he has cut onto a piece of paper.
6. Play the mail game with a child. As I thumb through the mail, I identify a piece I can give to Andrew. Of course I have to sing, “we just got a letter, we just got a letter, we just got a letter, I wonder who its from”. Andrew opens the letter and says, “oh, its from friends”. Which shows that he has a lot to learn about the mail!
7. I cut pictures from the catalogs and make a collage of the year’s fashions and trends. Each New Year’s Eve we make a mini family time capsule (it is more like our year in review rather than a real time capsule) and I include my collage.
8. Making paper from junk mail is a fun, if somewhat messy, activity. Click here for a tutorial.
9. If you are really feeling inspired, or are snowed in and have read every book in the house twice, you can make your own gift bags with junk mail.
10. Finally, here is a link showing you how to use your junk mail to create an art project.
Have you found a way to upcycle your junk mail? Or better yet, have you found a way to stop it all together?
This post has been linked to Works For Me Wednesday.