Thursday, October 21, 2010

Inkling: security envelope art

Here’s another fun project you can do with the envelopes you get with junk mail and bills. Before throwing out any envelopes, check the inside of the security envelopes. Many of these envelopes have amazing patterns that can be used for a variety of crafts – cards, gift tags, even framed art.

For the tree, I used security envelope paper with a floral design for the leaves and a wood grain pattern for the trunk and branches.

I used the same wood grain for the bird’s nest and a blue speckled pattern for the eggs.

The birds on a wire were made with a few different patterns for the birds and lined paper for the wire.

So don’t throw out junk mail or bill envelopes before checking the insides. Just don’t forget to pay those darn bills.


  1. Lovely!!!
    Are these greeting cards or are you going to frame them?

  2. Very nice! I love the nest. This kinda makes me want to rethink online bill paying! :D

  3. I am thrilled whenever I see a beautiful project that uses recycled materials. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  4. Thank you all so much for your comments. I haven't decided if I'm going to frame them or use them on cards. I'm leaning toward framing them.
    Start saving those junk/bill envelopes!
    Have a great day.
    carolyn | homework

  5. All the art is truly nice and it is just like creation of creative mind that you have done. The color combination and all the parts are truly accurately created. I must say that you have really great sense of craft work.

  6. Wow. I'm always re-using security envelopes for Mail Art. I also make gift cards for co-workers (b-days, etc.), and was having a creative block for the next round of cards -- not anymore!! Thank you!

  7. Ha! I KNEW I was on to something cool when I felt I just needed to take home all those poor, discarded envelopes from work! Now I know what I can do with them! :)


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