Showing posts with label security envelope. Show all posts
Showing posts with label security envelope. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It’s a wrap: Fabric & Garlands

Recycle Gift Wrap via homework (2)I love pretty packages but I have to confess, I do use and reuse gift bags now and then. But when I have time, I like to make gifts extra special. Wrapping paper can be expensive. I don’t like expensive – especially when it’s something that’s going to be ripped open and thrown away. One of my favorite ways to wrap gifts is with things that I have around the house. Leftover fabric, paper, recycled materials… it can all be used to make a package pretty.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Inkling: paper clip & junk mail bracelet

Paper Clip and Junk Mail Bracelet via homework | carolynshomework.comMaking a paperclip chain or bracelet has been around for probably as long as paperclips. I saw a fun paperclip bracelet here that took the paperclip chain to a new level by wrapping paper around each clip to form paper beads.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Inkling: stash busting butterfly wreath

I’m officially declaring it “stash busting” week over here at homework. I either have to start using up some of my existing supplies or start throwing things away.

And since I can’t bear to throw precious things away, I needed to come up with some projects to use up some of my supplies.

One item that I have an abundance of is security envelopes. I’ve mentioned before that I love the pretty patterns of the insides of these envelopes… but my box is overflowing.

I grabbed a stack and started punching out butterflies. I punched and punched until I had a large pile.

To make this wreath, I used a pool noodle as the wreath form. I’ve seen this trick over and over traveling through blogland and it works great. Pool noodles are everywhere right now so it’s a good time to stock up {I know, we’re supposed to be stash busting not stocking up on things... } Another trick is to use pipe insulation that you can buy at a home improvement store. Cut your pool noodle or foam pipe insulation to your desired length, form a circle and duct tape closed. An instant wreath form.

Once you have your wreath form, you may want to wrap it in paper, fabric or ribbon to cover up the bright pool noodle color. Mine was neon green and I covered it with white crepe paper. I used hot glue to adhere the butterflies.

Butterfly wreaths and garlands would be a great way to decorate on a budget for summer parties and weddings. Stay tuned for more stash busting this week…

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Inkling: scratch paper booklets

You may have noticed if you follow my blog that I have a security envelope paper obsession.

I love making things out of the beautifully patterned paper that is normally tossed in the recycling bin.

I’m also forever jotting down notes and often find myself with out a piece of paper in my purse.

So, I whipped up some little scratch paper booklets that I can throw in my purse.

I used leftover cardstock folded in half to create the booklet covers and a few sheets of security envelope paper for the insides.

A micro-hole punch and piece of twine hold it all together.

Now, when I remember something I can jot it down.

Do you have a system for jotting down notes? I used to carry a day runner but now my calendar is on my computer and synced to my phone. Besides, there are some things I like to keep low-tech – like scratch paper.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Inkling: security envelope envelopes

I’m sure you’ve seen security envelopes used for a variety of paper crafts. Some of the envelopes have beautiful designs.

What’s the most obvious thing to make out of security envelopes? More security envelopes.

I used the security envelopes from bills and junk mail to make liners for note card size envelopes.

Simply open up your junk mail envelope until you have a flat piece of paper.

Measure your note card envelope and cut out a liner to fit inside.

Use a glue stick to glue your liner to the inside of your envelope.

 A great way to dress up plain note card envelopes and upcycle junk mail.

This project is linked at the following:

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Inkling: security envelope bird

A while back, I made these security envelope cards.

I still have stacks of junk mail security envelopes and wanted to use some of them up. Since most of the envelopes are blue, I decided to make a bird.

To make a bird like this, draw or trace the outline of your bird onto a piece paper. Cut out feather shapes from your security envelopes and glue them onto the shape.


The more envelope patterns you have, the more interesting your finished design will be.

This is a craft that can also be modified for young children. Use clipart or a coloring book and let them glue the pieces onto the shapes.

The best reason to craft with security envelopes? It gives junk mail a new purpose besides the recycling bin.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Etceteras: security envelope bracelets

It’s no secret the inside of security envelopes are perfect for crafting. The paper designs are amazingly interesting. I’ve used security envelope paper for note cards and other paper crafts… so I thought I’d give jewelry making a try.

I started with plastic strips and taped them into a circle. I cut the security envelope paper into strips and mod podged them onto the plastic. Once the bracelets were thoroughly dry, I added another coat of mod podge.

Security envelopes - from the recycling bin to the jewelry box.

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.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Upcycling: a super simple vase

This pretty vase started as a vitamin bottle. I liked the shape so I scrubbed off the label and decided to turn it into a vase.

I decided to use an old security envelope for the paper wrap.

For this project I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the bottle. I’ve never used Mod Podge before and all I can say is “Mod Podge…where have you been all my life?”  This stuff is great.

I added a little matching collar to cover the top of the bottle and let it all dry.

I’m so glad that taking those vitamins was for a good cause.