USPS Postal Mailers make for wonderful craft projects, if you get one mailed to you. So instead of throwing them into the recycle bin (yes, you can recycle those mailers), try upcycling them into a cute Valentine’s Day Heart for your kids. You can also make all sorts of recycled, repurposed, or upcycled crafts from these guys. Tough and strong, they are made to go through some abuse by mail carriers. Please just remember to recycle them after you use them!
Start by cutting them up so that you can use the white space. I used 6 mailers for my project, because I wanted three big hearts. Please try to resist, and not pick up the mailers right from the post office, because they were nice enough to let us use them for free.
I stamped a design into them. Here you can see that I have a heart theme, because I am making hearts. Notice the cookie cutter that I reused into a stamp!
Now, cut out a big heart.
Using my sewing machine, I sewed along the outside, leaving a hole in one of the heart’s rounded edges.
Punch a hole into one corner using, well, a hole punch. I only have a 3 hole punch but it worked fine. The material sometimes catches, so you might need to clean up with a pair of scissors.
Fill ‘er up!
I made a little tag, with a hole punch and a stamp at the corner, so I can give it to my little babies. Okay, they aren’t so little anymore. Still my babies!
A little ribbon tied into a bow completes the project.
Voila! What do you think? Now I have to give it to them tomorrow because they will already know that I made it for them.