Swap-bot Time: September 20, 2020 3:48 pm

Repurposed Paper Envelopes

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Swap Coordinator:JennLostAndFound (contact)
Swap categories: Handmade  Paper Goods 
Number of people in swap:40
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:5.00
Last day to signup/drop:March 2, 2020
Date items must be sent by:March 9, 2020
Number of swap partners:1

Hi Everyone,

For this swap, we will be creating 3 envelopes from re-purposed or recycled packaging. For example, the craft paper bags from stores like Starbucks, grocery stores, Trader Joe's, etc. Someone also suggested using pages from an old book or an out of date calendar. You will use clean (non-soiled, no food stains, etc) bags or packaging to make 3 envelopes that are sturdy enough to send and actually use for mailing. The envelopes must fit at least a 3" x 4" card inside, but they do not have to be this exact size or all the same size, either. You can include a short note that says something like, "This envelope was re-purposed from a Starbucks shopping bag."

Envelopes made from new patterned scrapbook paper are pretty and nice, but they should not be made for this swap. The purpose of this swap is to open our eyes to reusing packaging and paper that otherwise goes to waste. If you receive 3 envelopes your rating should be a 5 with hearts discretionary.


jaz1yn 02/ 3/2020 #

Can we use pages from books to make our envelopes?

Furie 02/ 3/2020 #

Does it have to be re-purposed packaging? Because I have some old calendars that I plan to make into envelopes.

JennLostAndFound 02/ 3/2020 #

I think book pages and calendars are great examples to use!

dmwcheng 02/11/2020 #

I love this idea. Thank you for creating this swap.

AvianAine 02/16/2020 #

Great swap idea! I love paper as well as repurposing and i'm already experimenting with different papers and sizes!

arystotle 02/22/2020 #

I love making envelopes.. thank you for the swap.

Taryn91 02/25/2020 #

Oooh this is right up my street! Plus I was going to empty my paper recycling today so I will look at it all differently now! Thanks for hosting this cool swap! 😍

Magenta3 02/25/2020 #

what about giving used envelope a second life with decoration?

MuggleMom 02/27/2020 #

Any objections to old Christmas wrapping paper? Thanks for hosting!

PerArduaAdAlta 02/28/2020 #

I really love making envelopes from different things! Can't wait for this one! Thanks!

Vintagecraft 03/ 1/2020 #

If you want sturdy envelopes, I don't think book pages are sturdy enough @JennLostAndFound

MailArtbyJac 03/ 1/2020 #

I have an example of how I make my envelopes on my Instagram pilesofpaper

MailArtbyJac 03/ 1/2020 #

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Vintagecraft 03/ 2/2020 #

To make my envelopes, I use existing envelopes from which I make a template and I can use this template with different envelopes

Postalstamplife 03/ 2/2020 #

@vintagecraft that sounds neat!

ChelseaStarleen 03/ 2/2020 #

@vintagecraft I usually will double up on pages when I make them from books, especially if they are older books or have pages on the thinner side, just a quick layer of some glue stick or spray adhesive will tack two pages together well enough to cut, fold and assemble your envelopes and give them a nice sturdy thickness. :) I have also had pretty good success with sewing to pages together all around the edge with a quick zigzag stitch and then folding and assembling as though its just 1 sheet of paper. Hope that helps.

JennLostAndFound 03/ 3/2020 #

Hello, repurposed paper of any kind as long as it is clean and not soiled is suitable for this swap. The paper needs to be sturdy enough so that the envelope can be mailed without worry, so if you need to reinforce the paper, keep that in mind. The purpose is to use the envelope as an actual envelope. Thanks!

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