As kids we were always told not to “cut-corners”, but here’s a do it yourself re-purposing tip for junk mail where cutting corners is a Good thing!
Junk mail never seems to slow down and one day the cutest envelope came across my work desk and I thought “what a shame to throw that out”. Turns out, I didn’t have to, all I had to do was cut corners and that’s all you need to do too!
Envelopes (use junk mail envelopes)
All four corners of the envelope can be used, just seal the envelope shut prior to cutting.
Take an envelope, place a ruler on the corner. You want about 3″ for a typical book size.
Draw a pencil line across and using whatever scissors you like, cut off the corner. Here we used pinking shears. Use scrapbook scissors for unique designs. Draw, write or decorate the bookmark as desired.
Create several different ones such as:
- I Love this!
- You Fell Asleep Here
- Homework Reminder:
- Make This Recipe Next
- Saved Your Spot!
- Use them to mark this weeks Menu Plan recipes in your favorite cookbooks, Monday’s Dinner Recipe, Tuesday’s Dinner Recipe, Etc
- Use them To Mark items you wish to back to when reading magazines
If they accidentally get thrown out, you’re not out anything but a minute and a half of your time.
Do you have a repurposed use for Junk Mail?
8 thoughts on “Cutting Corners”
i use my junk mail to start a fire in my fireplace in the winter.☺
i love this idea! i usually use my junk mail in the bottom of my trash bags to soak up any liquid that may have found its way in there.
i can’t wait to make these!
i have often made these corner bookmarks but never thought of prettying them up so will now take a few moments each time to do that.
other uses i have for junk mail:-
make papier mache.
shred any without coloured inks for the compost.
shred for packaging.
any envelopes with pretty patterns printed on the inside are saved for various papercrafts and especially for use in miniature making.
make spills for lighting fires.
roll and tie into knots for firelighters.
use large sheets for making origami birds, animals, boats, balls etc. to amuse the grandchildren and great grandchildren.
use to wipe out dirty saucepans before washing them.
make paper flowers with suitable ones.
line the litter trays for the cats.
make paper fans for use in hot weather.
my daughter saved her junk mail for her young children to learn & practice their cutting skills! she kept in in a box which she dumped into the recycle every so often.
i use them for making quick notes about something (like something i want to look up online) or a grocery list. i’ve actually even been known to send other junk mail back to them using their own stamped envelopes. lol
bwahahahaha, i’ve got to do that at least once. love it.
i also use the envelopes for lists and such.
What an awesome idea!
what a great idea for keeping the grandkids busy!