How to Find Free Crafting Materials at Home – Mail

Many people (like myself) love crafting because it’s a great way to get creative, make something new, recycle materials that would otherwise go to waste, but most of all, because it’s fun and relaxing.

For those of you who love crafting as much as I do, you will notice how expensive it can get when it comes to getting materials from shops like Michael’s or even the dollar stores (because you go extra crazy in those shops!)

In order to get yourself some free crafting materials and recycle unused items, take a look in and around your home to see what you can find. I regularly do this at home….and my family’s home….to help them clean up  😉

Each week, I will suggest an area of the home to find various crafting materials. I will also give you a list of crafts that can work with these materials to get you started.  *Keep these crafts in mind for the holiday season!*

Junk Mail, Old Notebooks, Magazines

Everyone will have at least a few old magazines, flyers, notebooks or letters that are no longer needed. Instead of tossing them in the recycling box, or leaving them as clutter at home, why not use them for paper crafts?


  1. Perfect wrapping paper for small gifts.  Add some pretty ribbons, stamps or simply tape on an ornament and you are pretty much done.  Here is a quick gift wrapping tutorial to show you easy gift wrapping techniques and how to fix a wrapping problem (not enough paper!)
  2. Great to make unique mobiles.  Why not try a story/poem mobile like the one shown here).
  3. Origami (Japanese paper folding). (Please check out my old post to make a traditional origami crane).
  4. Unique greeting cards. Use some of the plain or decorative pieces for layers in card decorations or cut out silhouettes for decorative details.
  5. Kirigami (Japanese paper cutting). (Please check out my old post to make a kirigami sakura).
  6. Make boxes to help organize your home. Get some ideas from my creative boxes tutorial.

If you have any other craft ideas for scrap paper that you would like to share, please comment below to let everyone know.  I love to learn new things from others, so don’t be shy 🙂

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