31 days of unplugged play: junk mail art projects

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Today’s unplugged play idea is to create some art with a junk mail and other items.

Have fun creating art with items that might otherwise go straight into the recycling bin.  This is a neat project to do with your child.  When is the last time you sat down and made some artwork together?

Supplies and materials

  • paper, cardboard, yarn, foil, etc.
  • heavy paper or cardboard to create your art on
  • glue or tape
  • a bit of patience for the drying time if you’re using glue

Today we’re going to be gluing, cutting, and creating to make some junk mail art!

This is a great project for practicing cutting, pasting, and for teaching your child a way to create art out of something that might otherwise have been headed right into the trash can or recycle bin.

My kids recently received some cards in the mail that came in bright orange envelopes (thank you, Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Mike!) so we decided to use our envelopes and some white yarn to make some pumpkins.

I love these little pumpkins and I love that they were created by my children out of something that might otherwise just have been thrown away.

There is truly the potential for beauty and art everywhere, if we look for it.

Looking ahead

I got a bit behind, did you notice?  I’ll be doubling up posts but they are all very simple ideas from things I’m sure you already have around the house.   Thanks for being flexible and for joining us in our 31 Days of Unplugged Play series.  Stay tuned!

Just joining us? Find 31 Days of Unplugged Play here.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. “There is truly the potential for beauty and art everywhere, if we look for it.”

    Such a great reminder. And I love the pumpkins. :)
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  2. I love impromptu little projects made out of whatever you can get your hands on- this is great!
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  3. Totally needed this.. Lately, we’ve been getting a LOT of flyers in the mail and since in India, we can’t really ‘unsubscribe’ from them, I’ve gotta use them.. This will be fun! Thanks so much for sharing, Kara!
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