25 Ways To Reuse Envelopes Before You Recycle Them

25 Ways To Reuse Envelopes
Envelopes. Envelopes. Envelopes. What do you do with all of the used envelopes when you get mail? And what about when you get junk mail with a return envelope? Do you just immediately toss them in the recycling bin? (I’m hoping we’re all beyond tossing it in the trash here.)

For years, I’ve been reusing envelopes for my brand STAY VOCAL to ship out our stickers, patches, etc. But, with the amount of mail and junk mail that we get, I needed to find some other ways to reuse them. So, I started writing down some ideas that I had and then I scoured the internet for even more. I came across so many amazing things; especially with the security envelopes! As always with reuse, the possibilities are endless. And to top it off, they’re free!

Well, I thought I’d share my list. Check it out below and maybe the next time you get some mail, you’ll choose to reuse and not recycle. Enjoy!


1. COVER UP ENVELOPES
by STAY VOCAL

STAY VOCAL Reuse Envelope


2. MAIL ART
found on Life As Art


3. INSIDE OUT ENVELOPES
found on Instructables.com

http://cdn.instructables.com/FOX/CEC6/HM8D4XEU/FOXCEC6HM8D4XEU.LARGE.jpg


4. MINI ENVELOPES
found on Gingham Cherry

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GvoH-bzJmls/TqNOsvtgiXI/AAAAAAAAByA/evGP6xdIVKk/s1600/mini+envelopes+from+junk+mail+01.jpg


5. SEED ORGANIZERS
found on Penn and Cord’s Garden

http://www.pennandcordsgarden.com/uploads/5/9/0/2/5902699/9940247.jpg


6. GIFT WRAP
found on Mohawk Connects

http://www.mohawkconnects.com/feltandwire/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/plaidcroppedNEW.jpg


7. GIFT BASKETS
found on Crafty Journal

Reuse Envelope Baskets


8. ORGANIZING TAX RECEIPTS
by Alex Eaves

Reuse Envelopes Tax Receipts


9. TINY HOUSE
found on This Chicken

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3556/3349652282_f3bd0dd88a_o.jpg


10. NOTEPAD / LISTS
by Alex Eaves

Reuse Envelopes Notepad and Lists


11. FESTIVE MOBILE
found on Make Wonder

Make Wonder Festive Mobile


12. STORAGE BOX
found on Apartment Therapy

http://p-ec1.pixstatic.com/51b6849cfb04d67b4a0017d5._w.540_s.fit_.jpg


13. SCRAPBOOK POCKETS
found on Living Life Creatively

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2ELWJc9I118/TW-2xI0Fd8I/AAAAAAAAKhs/YGVh6W3247Q/s1600/Paris%2B2011%2Btravel%2Bjournal%2B%252820%2529.JPG


14. FUNNEL
found on Junk Mail Gems

Reuse Envelope Funnel


15. FLOWERS
found on Weddings And Cookies

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JUqK1ovAlrw/ShCfr_YpT2I/AAAAAAAAAOM/9cT80yWPubY/s1600/IMG_3742.jpg


16. BOOKMARK
by Alex Eaves

Reuse Envelopes Bookmark


17. CORNER BOOKMARK
by d. Sharp Journal

Reuse Envelope Corner Bookmark


18. JOURNAL
found on Big Things

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7jj6z-qM2w4/RpJFcp7Yk4I/AAAAAAAAA5w/41CeFZRyrBw/s1600/envelope-book2.jpg


19. NAPKIN RINGS
found on Maya Made

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XKgfAgS8zbs/Svt3gFEhTBI/AAAAAAAAFLk/Q4oXdsn3tpg/s1600/early+november+116.jpg


20. PHOTO ORGANIZERS
by Alex Eaves

Reuse Envelope Photo Organizers


21. STICKERS
found on Junk Mail Gems

Reuse Envelopes Stickers


22. BEADS / JEWELRY
found on Laupre.wordpress.com


23. BAT SANDWICH TOPPERS
found on Mer Mag

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8077853317_d4b0d1cf0a_b.jpg


24. CONFETTI
by Alex Eaves

Reuse Envelope Confetti


25. SHARK PUPPET
found on Krafty Kid

Reuse Envelope Shark

What was your favorite one? Got any others ideas? Leave a comment below.


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15 Responses to 25 Ways To Reuse Envelopes Before You Recycle Them

  1. frauschroedereco says:

    Thanks Alex! Nice ideas!

  2. Bonnie says:

    Thank you for posting mine here! what a great post. I love the seed packet ideas!

  3. Great inspiring collection! I do the shopping list one and have been known to wrap small gifts in coloured envelopes too. I have kept envelopes from cards that I get which haven’t had my name put on them, but totally love the idea of drawing on those that do have writing on them to reuse that way too. Thanks for the list and sharing over at my Facebook page!

  4. I do several of these and have one to add: cut of the corners but instead of using them as bookmarks they can be photo corners or bigger pockets notebooks and such.

  5. alexeaves says:

    Thanks for adding those extra ideas Gnoe!

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  7. chris says:

    I usually use it for bookmarking.It works great.

  8. That is the best use of the used paper. But i have one question about the confidential papers. What to do of them? Should we put them in paper shredder or any other technique is valid .Thanks

    • Lynn Manheim says:

      Contact a local animal shelter and ask them if they can use shredded paper as bedding for small animals. If they can, make sure you remove all staples before shredding so the little ones don't get hurt.

  9. Hello there,I like to re-use envelopes too.I use a letter opener thing I got from an insurance company (a scissors will work) to flawlessly open the mail.At that point I re-use the envelopes to compose my "to do" list and/or grocery list on the blank rear.You can store coupons and receipts inside the envelope,too,which is exceptionally handy.I keep a little pile of envelopes only for this use close to the phone in the kitchen.Thank you so much for your sharing.
    ~Annette Griffin.

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