Recycled Junk Mail Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

People seemed to like my recycled Christmas card garland, so it got me thinking about what else I could recycle. The answer was sitting on my table, waiting to be sorted: junk mail. It hit me like a lightning bolt: why not make junk mail Christmas ornaments? 

If there's one thing we all have in great abundance, it's junk mail. And if you're like me, most of it goes in the recycle bin. (If you throw yours in the trash, please don't tell me about it. I'm an enthusiastic recycler.) Why not put some of that seemingly endless flow of paper to good use making these ornaments? 

This would be a great classroom project, because it teaches about the importance of recycling, plus it gives kids much-needed creative time.

 The method for making these three designs is very similar to that used for my 3D pumpkins, with a few extra steps that make them Christmas-tree worthy. See below the photos for a link to the FREE tutorial.

Design 1
Design 2

Design 3

>> Click here to download tutorial <<

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  1. This is a great project for our seniors at the center. TY

    1. I hope they have a lot of fun with it. :-)

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. I think I'll try this with cards from my baby shower and make a baby's first Christmas ornament!! Thanks for the idea! :o)

    1. You're welcome. That's an inspirational take on the original idea. I bet that will turn out adorable!

  3. we used to make this out of recycled christmas cards. you can make them in different shapes too.


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