As much as I try to cut back on junk mail, it seems to be a fact of life. Even after doing everything I can do opt out, marketers still seem to find a way to get their garbage into our mailbox. Rather than get frustrated, you can use all of that free paper for some crafty projects!
I’m totally in love with this paper starburst by Elizabeth Abernathy (pictured above). You make lots of paper tubes, then string them together and add a center piece to turn all of that junky paper into wall art!
Junk mail also makes pretty great origami paper. You can fold a paper crane to embellish a wrapped gift, or string lots of folded shapes together into a sweet garland! If you want to get a little more involved, try your hand at whipping up a paper crane desktop mobile.
I also have this picture in my head of a paper cut mobile, where you cut out simple shapes and glue stick them together, sandwiching some fishing line in between. Then, string them onto a circular piece of cardboard and hang from the ceiling. How sweet would that be in your kiddo’s room or a crafty studio? You could do any shapes you wanted, from hearts or letters to fancier things like dinosaurs or abstract shapes.
Do you guys have any favorite paper crafts that would work well with junk mail? Any of you scrap bookers want to weigh in on whether junk mail makes good scrap booking paper? I’m not sure about its acidity.
Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!